Post-Game: Broncos 5 Pats 4 (OT)

Adam Lowry battling the Pats (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Adam Lowry battling the Pats (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

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Post-Game with Broncos Assistant Darren Evjen, D Brycen Martin and F Ryon Moser (Download)

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They say good teams find a way to win games when they aren’t playing their best hockey. The Broncos did just that against Regina to extend their winning streak to seven games. This is a team that has found their killer instinct and learned how to overcome obstacles late in games. The coaching staff has talked all year about experience in one-goal games benefiting this group eventually and the proof right now is in the pudding.

It was a weird game with very little flow because of the painful amount of penalties called. The puck seemed to bounce a lot throughout the night and neither team was really able to get the rhythm. Those types of games can be dangerous for a streaking team like the Broncos against a club like Regina desperate to snap out of a losing skid. In a game like that your momentum can turn in a second and it did in the third when Regina got two fluky goals in 4 seconds to take a lead. That didn’t deter the Broncos who have been in late game situations with their goalie pulled what seems like a hundred times and rarely found a way to force overtime… yet there seemed to be a new belief and resolve this time as they got the equalizer and won it in overtime.

Another exciting thing about this recent streak? The future stepping up and getting it done. Colby Cave is going to have to be a major leader here next year and he continues to earn the nickname “The Closer” with some huge goals lately. He scored back-to-back empty netters against Red Deer and PA, the game winner against Calgary, another game winner against Regina last week and then a late tying goal with the net empty in this game. Cave has 16 points in 13 games since being promoted to the top line. Brycen Martin showed why he is going to be a leader for this team scoring his first career goal and setting up two others including the late tying goal. Jay Merkley exhibited tremendous offensive poise in overtime drawing the Regina defenders to him and allowing Lowry to get open for the game winner. Those are the guys that will be pulling the ship for the Broncos in the next years to come and they helped lift them to this win.

Not a great game but a gutsy win in front of nearly 2500 fans who are starting to buzz about what this team is capable of… and they’re doing it without Levi Bews, Brent Benson and even Coda Gordon this weekend who was missing due to his suspension. This is as positive as things have been for the Broncos in my time in Swift Current and it’s good to see that momentum carry over into fan support. Saturday night against Moose Jaw is another big one. The Broncos are now 3 back of 4th in the conference and 7 points back of top spot in the East Division. The only way to make those goals possible is to just keep on winning. It should be a terrific atmosphere tonight and I hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:

Adam Lowry scored in overtime as the Swift Current Broncos extended their winning streak to seven games with a 5-4 victory over Regina Friday night.

Down 4-3 late, Colby Cave banged home a rebound from a Brycen Martin shot to send the game to overtime. It was the fifth straight time the Broncos have won a one-goal game after only winning five of their first twenty this season.

“I think just experience from being in them,” said Ryon Moser, who had a goal and an assist for the Broncos. “The confidence… we’ve won a few of them now we know how. We know how to stick to our system and do what makes us successful.”

Martin scored his first career WHL goal and added two helpers.

“Definitely with more pressure you learn to trust yourself more out there and just play the game,” Martin said. “I think that has helped me out a bunch so far.”

Cave also had a three point night. Eetu Laurikainen made 20 saves to earn the win for the Broncos.

“I don’t think it was our best game but we found a way there in the third,” added Moser. “They came out really hard and got two quick ones on us but the battle of our team we got that one late and in overtimes to close it out just shows the character of our team.”

Moser opened the scoring for the Broncos as he banged in the rebound of a Cave rush. Regina answered back at the end of a physical first period with a Morgan Klimchuk power play goal. The period featured two fights and a massive scrum erupting behind the Swift Current net. The Pats ended up 1 for 9 on the power play, while Swift Current went 2 for 5.

“You can get really high and really low when there’s lots of penalties like that,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “The guys just stuck with it and did a good job killing. The power play wasn’t working and then we found a way to win it on special teams.”

The Pats took their first lead of the game in the second period when Braden Cristoffer stole a puck in Swift Current territory and ripped it by Laurikainen. Martin’s first career goal tied it up on a power play just over two minutes later as he snuck in from the point and Graham Black found him from behind the Regina goal.

Late in the second after another penalty kill the Broncos took the lead when Cave led a 3 on 1 and fed a great pass to Chance Lund for his 11th goal of the season.

Regina turned the momentum around with two strange goals in four seconds in the third period. Chandler Stephenson banked a centering pass off of Laurikainen’s pads and second later a Dyson Stevenson shot deflected off of Jay Merkley and was knocked out of mid-air by Trent Ouellette to give the Pats a 4-3 lead.

Cave’s goal came with 1:04 left in the third period to force overtime. The 18-year-old had 16 points in 13 games since being promoted to the top line.

Lowry’s goal came after the Broncos went to the power play late in overtime. Reece Scarlett got Merkley the puck at the side of the goal and he drew the Regina defenders to him before setting up Swift Current’s Captain for his 32nd of the year.

Swift Current was missing Coda Gordon due to a two-game suspension for a hit from behind on Regina defenceman Luke Fenske last weekend. He will also miss Saturday’s game against Moose Jaw. The Warriors snapped their ten game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Kootenay on Friday.

We’ll have the game on The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey on The Eagle 94.1 FM at 6:30pm.


About shawnmullin

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