Here is my article from Swift Current Online:
The Swift Current Broncos had a January to remember.
They went 8-3 and mixed in a seven game winning streak while surging up the standings. Now the page has turned to February and the Broncos are hoping to build on their recent success.
It won’t be easy as they go head-to-head with one of the other hottest teams in the WHL on Friday night in Edmonton. The Oil Kings went 11-3 in January and both clubs have won 8 of their last 10 games.
“I think we’re at a point now with our team where we’re thriving on these games,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “We want to put ourselves in those opportunities to move ahead and play good teams. We’re playing very well.”
The Broncos lost 2-1 twice to Edmonton earlier this season, but they’ve found a way to beat top teams like Calgary and Prince Albert in recent weeks.
“They don’t have many weak spots so we’ve got to have a good game,” Evjen said. “But we’ve proven we can play with anybody.”
The game plan for the Broncos involves limiting mistakes.
“Edmonton’s probably the best team in our side,” said Broncos Captain Adam Lowry. “I think they bring a lot of skill and their defence is among the best in the WHL. To beat them you have to limit your turnovers.
“They have a lot of small, speedy forwards that prey on turnovers and are really good with the puck. If we can get them behind their net playing a full 200 foot game I think we can be successful.”
The Broncos bring a couple of point streaks into Friday’s contest as Reece Scarlett has a point in each of his last six games and Ryon Moser has points in each of his last four. Swift Current will still be without forward Graham Black who is sitting out the last of his two-game suspension.
Edmonton holds top spot in the Eastern Conference and are 22 points ahead of the 5th place Broncos. It’s a battle of very good special teams units. The Oil Kings are on top of both the power play and penalty killing standings, while Swift Current sits 2nd and 4th.
You can hear Friday’s game live on The Eagle 94.1 FM with The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey at 7:30pm.