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New Blade Michael Ferland scored his first hat trick for his new team as Saskatoon beat Swift Current 4-1 on Saturday.
“5 on 5 it was a pretty even game,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “They were a lot better in the special teams than we were.”
The Blades struck first as Ferland banked a puck off the back of Eetu Laurikainen’s pads and in. Swift Current struck back with a Richard Nedomlel point shot on the power play and the game was tied at 1 after an even first period.
Ferland put the Blades back on top with a backhand shot early in the second period that slipped through Laurikainen. The Broncos had a chance to answer with an extended 5 on 3 opportunity, but they weren’t even able to generate any quality chances.
“You can lose big time momentum and that’s what we did on that 5 on 3,” Evjen said. “I think we maybe only got set up for 15 seconds… it started with face-offs. Pucks were sitting there on a 5 on 3, they were beating us to pucks and down it goes.”
The Broncos went 1 for 5 on the man advantage in total and scored on their only good chance while they had difficulty gaining entry on their other opportunities.
“We needed to make plays, simple passes that we didn’t,” Evjen said. “It’s a bit of 5 on 5 mentality that we miss. We’ve got to work to get the puck. They know how dangerous we can be so they’re putting pressure on guys, you’ve got to work hard to get there and win the battles.”
The Blades extended their lead after working back-to-back power plays early in the third period. Darren Dietz made a nice behind the back pass to Matej Stransky for a one-timer over Laurikainen. Saskatoon put the game away with Ferland’s empty net goal late.
The Broncos were down to five defencemen in the second half of the game as Dalton Reum was feeling ill. They had Graham Black back in the lineup after a two-game suspension.
Andrey Makarov made 27 saves to get the win for Saskatoon as he only allowed a goal in two games over the weekend. Laurikainen made 38 saves in a losing cause for Swift Current.
The win moved the Blades two points ahead of the Broncos into 5th in the Eastern Conference, while the Broncos fell to 7th place just a point back of Lethbridge. Swift Current is now off until Friday when they host the Blades to start a tough weekend at home against Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Edmonton.
You can hear more Broncos talk on Monday during Home Hardware’s Overtime from 6 to 7pm on The Eagle 94.1 FM.