Post-Game: Broncos 4 Warriors 3 (SO)

Tanner LeSann wires a shot on goal (Photo by Marc Smith)

Tanner LeSann wires a shot on goal (Photo by Marc Smith)

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

Post-Game with Darren Evjen (Download)

Pre-Game with Broncos D Dillon Heatherington (Download)

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

Pre-Game with Warriors Coach Mike Stothers (Download)

The Q with Broncos F Jay Merkley (Download)

  • B&A Petroleum Game Shifter: Broncos first goal
  • Low Cost Towing Unsung Hero: Reece Scarlett
  • Standard Motors Crunch of the Game: Adam Lowry
  • Herbert Auto Tough Guy of the Game: Tanner LeSann

Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:

Graham Black scored the lone goal of the shootout as the Swift Current Broncos topped the Moose Jaw Warriors 4-3 on Tuesday night. It was the fifth consecutive win for the Broncos and moved them into sole possession of 5th place in the Eastern Conference.

“We’re not turning pucks over consistently,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “At the beginning of the year we’d do something out of character, out of structure and it would cost us, we’d lose the game. Now we’re not doing that. We’re staying to our game plan… we know the importance of not turning that puck over, making simple plays…. let them make a mistake and we’ll capitalize on that.”

Adam Lowry scored twice for the Broncos to extend his point streak to a league best 21 games. Lowry also took over top spot in the WHL goal scoring race with his 30th and 31rst of the year.

Moose Jaw opened the scoring only 1:52 into the game when 16-year-old Brayden Point walked out from behind the net and ripped a shot over Eetu Laurikainen’s shoulder. The Broncos weren’t at their best in the early going as Moose Jaw outshot them 13-8 in the first period.

“We really didn’t come out with identity,” Evjen said. “I thought after we regrouped the second and third period I thought we played a lot better. It still wasn’t our ‘A’ game (but) we had more compete. The one thing we didn’t do a whole bunch was turn pucks over and shoot ourselves in the foot.”

Lowry tied the game at 3:11 of the 2nd period after Denis Bosc knocked the rebound from a Reece Scarlett point shot back out front and Lowry drove it in with his backhand. It was the 1rst point for Bosc in his WHL career.

Dillon Heatherington then took advantage of some open ice 4 on 4 when he cut around Warriors defenceman Spencer Morse, drove the net and stuffed a backhand off goaltender Justin Paulic and in. Lowry extended Swift Current’s lead on a shorthanded 2 on 1 by banking a puck off a Moose Jaw stick.

“We started competing better,” Evjen noted. “We’re playing in their end more than our end because we’re moving our feet and because we’re winning battles.”

The Warriors got back in the game when Warriors forward Jordan Messier’s shot went off of Richard Nedomlel and floated over Laurikainen. Sam Fioretti then tied the game 1:15 later on a rebound from a Kendall McFaull.

Swift Current dominated both the third period and overtime, but they weren’t able to find a winner. The Broncos outshot the Warriors 29-9 over the final 45 minutes of the game. It was all nearly for nothing as a neutral zone turnover allowed Moose Jaw forward Tanner Eberle to get an open look and rip a shot off the crossbar with only two minutes to play.

Black scored the only goal in the shootout and Laurikainen shut the door on all three Moose Jaw shooters. It was his first shootout win in the WHL.

Scarlett had 2 assists for the Broncos and Swift Current forward Chance Lund celebrated his 300th WHL game with the win.

The next action for the Broncos is Saturday in Regina.


About shawnmullin

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