Post-Game: Broncos 2 Pats 1

Adam Lowry against the Pats (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Adam Lowry against the Pats (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

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

Post-Game with Assistant Coach Jamie Heward (Download)

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

Pre-Game with Pats Coach Pat Conacher (Download)

  • B&A Petroleum Game Shifter: The 1-0 goal
  • Low Cost Towing Unsung Hero: Brycen Martin
  • Standard Motors Crunch of the Game: Adam Lowry
  • Herbert Auto Tough Guy of the Game: Tanner LeSann

Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:

Adam Lowry and Levi Bews scored as the Swift Current Broncos beat the Regina Pats 2-1 on Friday night. Eetu Laurikainen made 28 saves to preserve the win for the Broncos.

“It was everything we wanted as a coaching staff,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Jamie Heward. “We saw some tired bodies, some guys that gutted it out, we had a little bit of everything. There was times that we maybe didn’t play as we wanted to but we showed good composure.”

The Broncos were playing their 6th game in 8 nights. The win moved Swift Current’s record to 5-1 against Regina this season and moved them 6 points ahead of the 9th place Kootenay Ice in the Eastern Conference standings.

“We put a lot of pressure on the guys at the start the game saying it was arguably the biggest game of the season,” Heward said. “I don’t think we could have gotten into a run and gun we didn’t have the legs or the energy to do it. We were trying hard, no question about it.”

Lowry opened the scoring with 6.4 seconds to go in the first period when Coda Gordon stole a puck off a Regina face-off win and threw a quick shot on goal that rebounded to Lowry. It was the 37th of the year for Swift Current’s Captain.

The Broncos brought that momentum into the second period where they fired 19 shots on rookie Teegan Sacher. Levi Bews expanded the lead midway through the period as he stole a puck in the Regina zone and roofed his 17th of the year from a really tough angle. It had to be reviewed before being called a goal.

The Broncos failed to capitalize on a long 5 on 3 late in the period and gave up a power play goal to Regina’s Chandler Stephenson with 15 seconds to play in the second.

“At the end of the second we had nothing going for us,” Heward said. “We lose our Captain and our top player to a fight and two minute minor, we don’t score on a 5 on 3, we give them momentum as they score late in the period. There was just that feeling things could fall apart and fall apart quick. Our guys responded. Guys did their job, we never gave a lot of scoring chances and Eetu made two brilliant saves.”

Lowry took a boarding penalty and fought Braden Christoffer at the end of the period, taking him off the ice to start the third. The Broncos only gave up 9 shots in the final frame and limited the scoring chances late even when the Pats pulled their goaltender.

Sacher stopped 38 shots for the Pats to keep them in the game.

The Broncos are now off until Monday afternoon at 2pm when they host the Kootenay Ice on Sheldon Kennedy Day at the Credit Union iPlex. They will be spectators when the Swift Current Broncos Alumni play members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders in an exhibition hockey game Saturday at 12pm. They Broncos are holding an awards banquet and cabaret in the evening.

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About shawnmullin

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