Post-Game: Broncos 2 Cougars 0

Steve Myland with the puck from his first WHL shutout and win

Steve Myland with the puck from his first WHL shutout and win

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Adam Lowry battles for a draw

Adam Lowry battles for a draw

Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:

Steve Myland made 17 saves for his first career WHL win and shutout as the Swift Current Broncos beat the Prince George Cougars 2-0 on Tuesday night.

“I just kind of knew when my opportunity came that I needed to take advantage of it,” Myland said. “The boys were unbelievable in front of me. There was great defensive zone coverage.”

Full Highlights{mp3}highlightsdec12{/mp3}It was the first regular season appearance for Myland since he struggled in two games last season. Myland had a 0.947 save percentage in three pre-season games this fall but was a late cut at the start of the regular season. He was called up when backup Landon Bow got hurt a week and a half ago against Brandon and got the start in Prince George because starter Eetu Laurikainen left for Finland’s World Junior Championship camp.

“There’s some nerves,” Myland added. “I knew I could play at this level. I’ve known it my whole life so just getting back in there and proving it to myself.”

The Broncos didn’t give up many scoring chances as they outshot the Cougars 35-17. Myland still impressed the coaching staff.

“He was solid,” said Broncos Coach and GM Mark Lamb. “He was square in the net and looked pretty calm in there… all in all he was really solid and we were happy.”

Bow was on the bench as the backup. He practiced on Monday and Tuesday, but the Broncos want to make sure he is ready to go before playing him and risking further injury. After battling for the backup spot in training camp and now competing for playing time again, Myland still feels he and Bow have a strong relationship.

“We’re still good friends,” Myland said. “It hasn’t really gotten between us. I think we both understand that what’s most important for the team is to get some wins… that’s all that matters.”

Tuesday’s game in Prince George was scoreless through two periods despite the fact that the Broncos fired 25 shots to 10 from the Cougars over that time.

Full Mark Lamb Interview{mp3}coachesdec12{/mp3}”It’s really hard because we’ve done that in the past and it’s gone the other way,” Lamb said. “You have to push each other, I have to push from the top, you have to play the right way. I even thought going down the stretch we got a little nervous and made some uncharacteristic plays, but that’s the way our team is going to have to play and going to have to win.”

Adam Lowry opened the scoring only 53 seconds into the third period as he one-timed home a puck Chance Lund put into the slot. The goal extended his point scoring streak to nine games and he finished the BC road swing with 6 goals and 2 assists.

Swift Current got some insurance when Graham Black forced a turnover at the side of the Cougars goal and delivered a pass out front for Ryon Moser’s 11th of the season. Black nearly had a goal in the second period when he split two Cougars defencemen with his speed and was robbed by Brett Zarowny. The 17-year-old Prince George goaltender made 33 saves to hold his team in the game.

The Broncos were really able to limit Prince George’s puck possession and even kept them pinned in their own zone for nearly a minute while the Cougars were trying to get their goaltender pulled for the extra attacker.

“I really thought we didn’t have our legs,” Lamb said. “We’ve had a long road trip and played some real tough hockey so you have to play smart. I thought that’s what we did.”

The Broncos wrapped up their BC trip with a 2-3 record after a few more one-goal losses. They’re not back home until after Friday’s game in Saskatoon. Swift Current’s next home game is Sunday night against Kootenay for the Kurt’s KFC teddy bear, toque and mitten toss.


About shawnmullin

Play by Play Broadcaster for the WHL's Swift Current Broncos on 94.1 FM The Eagle.
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2 Responses to Post-Game: Broncos 2 Cougars 0

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great game boys!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Too bad nobody in PG saw it. 1,411 was announced attendance? Wow that’s pathetic.

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