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Darren Dietz scored twice and had an assist as the Saskatoon Blades beat the Swift Current Broncos 4-1 Friday night. The win extended Saskatoon’s win streak to seven games as the Broncos dropped their third straight game.
Swift Current is 1-4 since the end of their seven game win streak.
“We played better than the last couple of games,” said defenceman Reece Scarlett. “We had opportunities to break that deadlock but were unable to do it. (Makarov) is a good goalie and we’ve got to get in front of him a lot more and there were rebounds laying there that we were unable to get to the front of the net and finish them.”
The game was tied entering the third when Saskatoon pulled ahead with three goals.
“We had a couple breakdowns in the d-zone that cost us,” Scarlett said. “They made plays and buried their chances.”
Despite the identical score to their 4-1 loss in Saskatoon a week ago, the Broncos felt they played a better game.
“We did a real good job at slowing the game down in the neutral zone,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “I liked our first two periods… our third period I think is a reflection of what happened in the first two. We could have been up. We don’t get up when we had our chances to score, in the third period they get their chances and bury them.”
“I’d say Makarov was the best player on both teams… he made some stops to win the game for his team.”
Andrey Makarov made 39 saves for the Blades including 28 through the first two periods. Eetu Laurikainen allowed 4 goals on 37 Saskatoon shots.
The Blades got up 1-0 on a one-timer by Dietz on a rebound. Levi Bews tied it up for the Broncos in the second on a very nice passing play from Colby Cave to Scarlett and across the front of the net to Bews. He has scored 4 of his 16 goals this season against Saskatoon.
Tanner LeSann hit a post in the second and the Broncos had several good opportunities that Makarov shut the door on.
“We’ve got to start burying out chances here,” Scarlett said. “(Adam Lowry) can’t do it all, we need some secondary scoring.”
The Broncos went 0 for 4 on the power play, while the Blades went 1 for 4.
The win moves Saskatoon 8 points ahead of the Broncos for 5th in the conference. Swift Current is now tied with Medicine Hat for 7th only 3 points ahead of 9th place Kootenay. The Broncos host the East Division leading Prince Albert Raiders Saturday night and the Eastern Conference leading Edmonton Oil Kings on Sunday. They will have retro style jerseys on Saturday.
You can hear both games on The Eagle 94.1 FM with The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey at 6:30pm.