Post-Game: Broncos 2 Pats 1

Graham Black (photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Graham Black (photo by Darwin Knelsen)

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

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

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

Pre-Game with Pats Coach Pat Conacher (Download)

  • B&A Petroleum Game Shifter: Broncos first goal
  • Low Cost Towing Unsung Hero: Zac Mackay
  • Standard Motors Crunch of the Game: Adam Lowry
  • Herbert Auto Tough Guy of the Game: Chance Lund

Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:

Eetu Laurikainen made 30 saves as the Swift Current Broncos beat Regina 2-1 to extend their winning streak to six games.

“I love the way our team is playing right now,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Jamie Heward. “Early on in the year if we ran into a bit of a tough spot we weren’t battling through it at times and we would maybe lose a game here and there because of that. Now we’re just finding a way to get it done every night.”
After winning only 5 of their first 20 one-goal games, the Broncos have now won each of the last 4 one-goal games they’ve played.

“There’s no question that the games earlier this season helped us grow as a team,” Heward said. “After every game, after a heart breaking overtime loss, or shootout loss, or a game where we just would make a mistake late… the teaching was learn from this. Take it to heart, realize that when we get into the later part of the season and we’re battling and it’s 2-1 with five minutes left, you’re going to recall back in your mind that you hated to lose and you’re going to try to battle even harder.”

Morgan Klimchuk opened the scoring for Regina as he one-timed a feed by Lane Sheidl behind Eetu Laurikainen. The Broncos struck back at a key time to tie the game. Coda Gordon was assessed a five minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for a hit on Luke Fenske while Swift Current was on the power play. Zac Mackay moved into his spot at RW on the top line and helped hold the lead late in the game.

During a quick stint of 4 on 4 play before the penalty kill, Graham Black blew by Regina defenceman Colby Williams and made a great move to his backhand to chip the puck behind Pats goalie Matt Hewitt for his 19th of the season. The momentum of goal propelled the Broncos to a strong penalty kill and they got out of the first period tied at 1.

Swift Current got the only goal of an even second period. Reece Scarlett pinched in from the point during a period of 4 on 4 play and made a perfect pass across the front of the net to Colby Cave for the 18-year-old’s 13th of the season. The goal stood up as the 2nd game winner for Cave in his last 3 games and his 4th goal in his last 5 games.

“The change in position (from C to LW) was good,” Heward said. “Simply it, get him on the wing… and the biggest thing for a guy like that when you get him in the offensive zone it gives him a little more room to be creative. It’s not easy being thrust up to that first line playing in a position you’re not used to. He’s done an exceptional job for us.”

The game marked the end of Swift Current Broncos Captain Adam Lowry’s 21 game point streak. It stands as the longest in the WHL this season. Lowry had 21 goals, 15 assists and was +19 over the streak.

“21 games is a long, long period to go when you’re getting a point every single night,” Heward noted. “That’s an incredible run. The thing about Adam is that he’s not just an offensive guy. We rely upon him to play great defensively, kill penalties, do it all… so the fact that he gets in a point in games where he’s just called upon to be gritty and shut down their top lines is even more impressive.”

Swift Current and Regina both went 0 for 5 on the power play. The win moved the Broncos back to 5th place, a point ahead of Lethbridge, and 4 points back of Red Deer for 4th in the Eastern Conference.

It was a feisty game that included a couple of scraps as Shaunavon native Dyson Stevenson fought both Broncos forward Chance Lund and defenceman Dillon Heatherington.

The Broncos are off until Friday, January 25th when they play a re-match with Regina at the Credit Union iPlex. Moose Jaw is in Swift Current on Saturday, January 26th. You can hear both games on The Eagle 94.1 FM with The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre at 6:30pm.

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About shawnmullin

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