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That’s another painful loss for a team that has had their share of them this year. It’s such a huge missed opportunity in the standings given how close the two teams were coming into the game and it goes to a pattern of missed opportunity for points the Broncos have had this year. Once the Broncos took a 4-1 lead it was like everything that could go wrong did… a weak goal, blown coverages, turnovers, penalties, missed penalty shots and of course in the end not even getting a single point when they were up by 3 goals.
Just as it seemed like the Broncos were getting away from the types of games that have haunted them this season they had two of them in back-to-back losses. Saturday was the “many opportunities but can’t score enough” game and today was the “have a lead and can’t put a team away” game. There have been a number of games that have been parts of both of those themes as well. All teams will get some games like that. I think at this point in the season the Broncos have had their fill.
After playing very stingy hockey throughout most of December the Broncos have given up 14 goals in their last 3 games. They’ve got to get back to the smart, simple play that made them so tough to score on as they head to Cranbrook and Lethbridge this weekend.
It was good to see Chance Lund back in the lineup after a few games off. The Broncos are still missing Bews, Benson, Derko and Howorko. When they start getting those guys back the guys who have had to play bigger minutes in the meantime should be a lot better for it and the lineup should benefit. That said, those guys being out is obviously a hit at their depth and the Broncos are also looking forward to getting Brycen Martin (U17) and Eetu Laurikainen (World Juniors) back after this weekend.
On that note, Martin had an assist in the third game of the tournament. He had 6 points in 3 games for Team Pacific, much of that on the man advantage. He should help make sure the PP continues to thrive here in Swift Current even when the guys who run it like Scarlett and Nedomlel move on to their pro careers.
The top line continued their strong play. As a trio Adam Lowry, Coda Gordon and Colby Cave have combined for 31 points over 5 games since being put together. Perhaps Cave has found a home at LW in this role? It couldn’t hurt his draft stock to keep putting up numbers like the 8 points he has had over those 5 games.
Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:
The Lethbridge Hurricanes scored five unanswered goals in the third period to stun the Swift Current Broncos 6-4 on Tuesday afternoon. The Broncos were in front for most of the game and had a 4-1 lead midway through the third before letting it slip away.
“It seems when we got up 4-1 is when we really started turning pucks over,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “If there’s a team in this league that should know about turning pucks over and losses it should be us. It’s another tough pill to swallow. Our guys need to understand that the only reason they got back in the game is us turning pucks over and giving them that opportunity.”
The game started well for Swift Current as goals by Ryon Moser and Coda Gordon put them up 2-0 after 20 minutes of play. The Hurricanes cut into the lead with a Brady Ramsay power play goal before a second Gordon goal put Swift Current up 3-1 after two periods of play.
Adam Lowry extended their lead to 4-1 at 3:54 of the third period. He scored once and had an assist to extend his points streak to 15 games.
Lethbridge started the comeback on an innocent looking play when Tyler Wong put the puck towards the Broncos net from the side of the goal and somehow beat Landon Bow to give the Hurricanes life. Less than a minute later Sam Mckechnie converted a Lenny Hackman pass to bring the Hurricanes to within a goal. Remi Laurencelle converted a rebound to bring Lethbridge all the way back and a Daniel Johnston power play goal put them in front for the first time with just over 5 minutes to play. The Hurricanes scored 4 times in 7:28 seconds on the shell shocked Broncos.
“We turned the puck over between the blues countless times,” Evjen said. “When you turn the puck over to a team that has skill like that, and they have skill on three lines, hard skill, you give them every opportunity on odd-numbered situations and if they capitalize they’re going to get right back in the game.”
Evjen expects they will deliver a clear message to their dressing room before games in Cranbrook and Lethbridge this week.
“You have to play the right way and be responsible,” Evjen added. “When you don’t do that you let your teammates down. We had a chance to be tied with these guys today, you couldn’t ask for a better scenario, and the reason we’re not is our own fault. It’s individuals that need to make better decisions with the puck. The work ethic is always there, but you can’t short change your teammates like that.”
Graham Black had a penalty shot late in the third period with a chance to tie the game and hit the crossbar.
Bow played well stopping 17 of 18 shots in the first 40 minutes of the game. He then struggled allowing 4 goals in 17 shots in the 3rd period.
“It’s about working hard and growing mentally,” Evjen said about how the 17-year-old rookie needs to respond. “Making the right decisions, playing the right way. We’ll go back. He’s just got to work hard in practice and we can move on.”
Ty Rimmer got the win with 32 saves on 36 Swift Current shots. Swift Current went 1 for 4 on the power play, while Lethbridge went 2 for 6.
Chance Lund returned to the lineup after an injury and had an assist. The Broncos are still missing F Levi Bews, F Brent Benson, F Josh Derko and F Shea Howorko to injury. D Brycen Martin is away playing in the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge and G Eetu Laurikainen is playing for Finland at the World Junior Championship.
The win moved Lethbridge to 3-0 on the season against Swift Current and 4 points ahead of the Broncos for 5thin the Eastern Conference. The two teams meet again on Saturday in Lethbridge. The Broncos start their brief road swing on Friday in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice.