Post-Game: Raiders 3 Broncos 1

Tanner LeSann chases down a puck (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Tanner LeSann chases down a puck (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Highlights of The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey (Download)

Post-Game with Assistant Coach Darren Evjen (Download)

Pre-Game with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb (Download)

Pre-Game with Raiders Coach Steve Young (Download)

Pre-Game with Broncos F Graham Black (Download)

Pre-Game with Detroit Red Wings Director of Player Development Jiří Fischer (Download)

  • B&A Petroleum Game Shifter: The 2-1 goal
  • Low Cost Towing Unsung Hero: Tanner LeSann
  • Standard Motors Crunch of the Game: Richard Nedomlel
  • Herbert Auto Tough Guy of the Game: Chance Lund

Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:

Leon Draisaitl opened and closed the scoring as his Prince Albert Raiders beat the Swift Current Broncos 3-1 on Wednesday night. The win vaulted Prince Albert back into sole possession of first place in the East Division.

The loss came at the end of a stretch of five games in six nights for the Broncos.

Swift Current didn’t get off a good start as the Raiders outshot them 12-2 in the first half of the first period.

“They physically were coming and taking runs at us in the first ten minutes,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “When you’re not prepared to get into it right away all of a sudden three guys are sitting there looking at the lights… it puts you on your heels.”

The Broncos responded and outshot the Raiders 8-1 over the rest of the period, but Prince Albert scored on that lone shot when Dakota Conroy made a move by Richard Nedomlel and fed Draisaitl for a tap-in.

Swift Current controlled the pace in the second period outshooting Prince Albert 11-3. Colby Cave tied the game up at 5:50 of the period when Levi Bews forced a turnover and Cave scored on the rebound of a Tanner LeSann shot. It was the second goal in as many games for Cave and his 16th of the season.

The Raiders struck back only 23 seconds later when Jonas Knutsen’s shot knuckled in by Eetu Laurikainen to give the Raiders their lead back. The goal would stand up as the game winner.

Down 2-1 entering the third, the Broncos appeared to run out of gas. They managed only 5 shots on net in the period and couldn’t take advantage of several outnumbered situations in the Prince Albert zone.

“Our feet quit moving a bit,” Evjen said. “We did had some chances but we just didn’t seem to get the puck to the net with our decision making.”

Draisaitl struck again when he ripped a slapshot over Laurkainen’s blocker on a 2 on 1 to give the Raiders the insurance they needed. The Broncos weren’t able to mount a late comeback attempt as they were whistled for a controversial too many men penalty with Laurikainen on the bench.

Luke Siemens stopped 25 of 26 Swift Current shots to earn the win for the Raiders, while Laurikainen made 26 saves in a losing cause.

The loss ended perhaps the toughest part of Swift Current’s schedule. It wrapped up a stretch of eight straight games against top four teams in the Eastern Conference, including the five games in six nights.

“Everybody goes through these stretches,” Evjen said. “We’re not the only team. You’ve got to survive them, battle through them, get some points… and we did that.”

The Broncos earned seven of a possible sixteen points over the eight games, and five a possible ten over the most recent five games.

“You want to get points every night,” Evjen said. “It could have been much worse and it could have been better. It was a tough stretch and still is.”

The Broncos only get one day off before heading back on the road to play the Regina Pats on Friday. They’re home to the Kootenay Ice on Monday afternoon.

Swift Current’s quality of a opponent is more manageable down the stretch as only two of their final fourteen games are against top four teams. Only five points separate the 6th place Medicine Hat Tigers and the 9th place Ice with Swift Current in 7th.


About shawnmullin

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