Post-Game: Royals 2 Broncos 1

The Broncos in Victoria

The Broncos in Victoria

Highlights of The New Pioneer Co-op Broncos Hockey (Download)

Post-Game with Broncos Assistant Coach Jamie Heward (Download)

Pre-Game with Broncos F Adam Lowry (Download)

Pre-Game with Royals Coach Dave Lowry (Download)

Pre-Game with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb (Download)

  • B&A Petroleum Game Shifter: Victoria’s first goal
  • Low Cost Towing Unsung Hero: Dillon Heatherington
  • Standard Motors Crunch of the Game: Justin Spagrud
  • Herbert Auto Tough Guy of the Game: Daniel Dale

Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:

The old lion won the first ever battle of the Lowry family. Coach Dave Lowry’s Victoria Royals held on for a 2-1 win over his son Captain Adam Lowry and the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday night.

It was the first time they had played against each other, but both emphasized before the game they couldn’t let it change their approach.

“I think for me I have to approach it like it’s another game” Dave Lowry said. “Yes it adds another level of drama playing Adam. He’s got his game at a level he should be happy with.”

Adam was buzzing around the net all night hitting a post early and creating chances with his linemates Chance Lund and Coda Gordon. It wasn’t until 16:10 of the third period when the Winnipeg Jets draft pick was able to break through and rip a shot top shelf on the power play to cut Victoria’s lead to 2-1. Lowry and Richard Nedomlel both had some chances with the net empty on a 6 on 5 as Czech netminder Patrik Polivka shut the door. He stopped 32 shots to earn the win.

After a scoreless first period, Victoria surged ahead with 2 goals in a 46 second span. Austin Carroll’s goal at 1:51 of the second to cause the teddy bear toss at Save on Foods Memorial Centre with fans throwing stuffed animals on the ice for needy kids over Christmas. After the break to clean the bears up play resumed with Brendon Magee putting a centering pass upstairs to quickly extend Victoria’s lead. Jamie Crooks assisted on both Royals goals as Victoria was using their speed early in the second period to catch the Broncos a little flat footed.

The Broncos were happy with their response in the third after those letdowns in the seconds. However, the coaching noted some of their players need to be more consistent.

“There’s a lot of good third period players in the NHL and WHL,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Jamie Heward. “It’s just a matter of you’ve got to be a good first, second and third (period) player.”

Heward felt they leaned too much on their Captain on Saturday.

“We’re close but our biggest problem is finding consistency out of certain guys,” he added. “Adam Lowry comes out every night and he can’t be your best offensive player and your most physical player and your best player and and and… that’s just asking too much out of a kid. We’ve got to find a way to help him out.”

Lowry has had a tremendous BC road swing so far with 5 goals and 2 assists in 4 games. The Broncos are 1-3 after a win in Vancouver and one-goal losses in Kamloops, Kelowna and Victoria.

“One goal games are indicative that you battle and work hard at certain times,” Heward said. “The problem with tonight was we didn’t work hard… at certain times.”

The Broncos got some momentum in the first period by killing off an extended 5 on 3 with veteran defencemen Richard Nedomlel and Dalton Reum in the penalty box. It was an impressive showing by 17-year-old Dillon Heatherington and 16-year-old Brycen Martin on that kill.

“They did everything that they had to,” Heward said. “They were blocking shots, they were in the way, they just worked hard… they’re two very very good young talented guys. That’s very good to see because that’s the future.”

Eetu Laurikainen made 28 saves on 30 Victoria shots in his final start before leaving to join Team Finland’s World Junior Championship training camp. He could be gone as long as a month.

“I’m absolutely excited that’s a great opportunity for me,” Laurikainen said. “(But) we’re middle of the road trip and we still have a bunch of games before Christmas so it’s a little bit weird (to leave the team).”

Call-up Steve Myland remains with the Broncos and may be forced to start on Tuesday in Prince George if rookie back-up Landon Bow hasn’t recovered from the lower body injury he suffered against Brandon a week ago.

“You’ve got to eliminate the turnovers that are going to lead to chances when you’ve got an inexperienced goaltender in there,” Heward said. “We’re all about trying to block as many shots as we can and we’re all about trying to battle in front of him, it’s just a matter of doing those things to make sure that you’re helping a guy in there that needs to gain experience and needs to play well for this team.”

Two days rest could help a battered lineup that was missing Bow, Reece Scarlett, Brent Benson, Shea Howorko and Josh Derko due to injury on Saturday. Several Broncos have been playing banged up and a few have been playing sick.

“Now it’s just a matter of making sure they get their rest, re-hydrate and do all the things we need to do to close our a road trip,” Heward said. “You’ve got two more games on an extended road trip that are really important points.”

The Broncos visit Prince George on Tuesday before coming back to Saskatchewan to visit the Saskatoon Blades on Friday. They’re home again Sunday, December 16th for Kurt’s KFC teddy bear, toque and mitten toss against the Kootenay Ice.


About shawnmullin

Play by Play Broadcaster for the WHL's Swift Current Broncos on 94.1 FM The Eagle.
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