Post-Game: Blades 5 Broncos 4 (SO)


Graham Black (photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Graham Black (photo by Darwin Knelsen)

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Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:

Josh Nicholls scored with 28.8 seconds left in the third period and then again in the shootout to lift the Saskatoon Blades to a 5-4 extra time win over Swift Current. It was the ninth straight win for the surging Blades who tied Prince Albert for top spot in the East Division.

Graham Black led the way for the Broncos with 2 goals and 2 assists in a losing cause. He factored in on each Swift Current goal.

“He’s that type of player,” said Bronocs Assistant Coach Jamie Heward. “Anytime he picks the puck up on the ice there’s an opportunity for something good to happen.”

The Broncos were playing their fourth game in five nights all against teams ahead of them in the standings. They’ve earned five of a eight points over that span to move into sole possession of sixth in the Eastern Conference. They’re a point up on both Lethbridge and Medicine Hat.

“Once we realized we were capable of keeping up to them even though we weren’t playing our best I thought we played a great second and third,” Heward said. “I thought guys found the energy to work hard and get it done. Someitmes that just happens… when your hands and skills aren’t there you legs and work ethic can take over.”

Saskatoon opened the scoring when Matej Stransky put a shot over Eetu Laurikainen’s glove at 6:16 of the first period. Nobody scored again until 13:51 of the second period when a Duncan Siemens shot found its way through Laurikainen to make it 2-0 Blades.

The Broncos struck back only 20 seconds later when Black tipped in a Dillon Heatherington point shot to close the gap with his 20th goal of the year. Shane McColgan restored the two-goal Saskatoon lead at 17:14 of the second, but the Broncos responded again only  10 seconds letter when Black set up Chance Lund for his 13th cutting the Blades’ lead to 3-2.

Black ripped his second of the game over Blades goalie Andrey Makarov to tie the game 3:23 into the third period. The Broncos then pulled ahead when Makarov stopped a great shorthanded rush by Black and Colby Cave put in his 15th of the year on the rebound at 11:49.

Laurikainen stopped 41 of 45 Sasktoon shots including a huge late glove save on Michael Ferland. Makarov allowed 4 goals on 35 Swift Current shots.
Both team went 0 for 4 on the power play.

The win have Saskatoon a 5-3 edge in the season series, but two of those Blades wins came in extra time.

The Broncos are in Prince Albert on Wednesday night to play the Raiders. They best the Raiders 3-0 on Saturday and Prince Albert is coming off a 4-1 loss in Moose Jaw on Tuesday night. It will be the 5th game in 6 nights for Swift Current.

“You just have to find it,” Heward said. “I know that sounds tough for a lot of people that maybe have never played the game at a high level, but it’s just one of those things where you body needs to find a way to get it done. Yes we’re going to have guys that are going to be tired but then your position play and your good structure comes in.”

You can hear Wednesday’s game on The Eagle 94.1 FM with The New Pioneer Co-op Broncos hockey 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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