Interview with Broncos Captain Adam Lowry (Download)
Interview with Top Defenceman Reece Scarlett (Download)
Interview with Former Bronco Sheldon Kennedy (Download)
The Swift Current Broncos had a fun Saturday with an alumni hockey game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders and an awards banquet. Now it’s back to business as the 9th place Kootenay Ice are in town for an afternoon game with playoff implications.
“They’ve really turned it on,” said Broncos defenceman Reece Scarlett. “They’re a hard working team, they’re an honest team, their top forwards are top forwards so we have to play a strong game.”
Kootenay trails the 7th place Broncos by only 4 points after a terrific run from the bottom of the conference after Christmas.
“People were counting them out before Christmas,” said Broncos Captain Adam Lowry. “They got healthy, they’ve gotten good goaltending, they’re really well coached and they’re really well disciplined. They’re a different team. I don’t think we were ready for them when we played them in Kootenay.”
The Broncos have a 2-1 edge in the season series against Kootenay, but lost the most recent game between the two clubs back in January. Lowry has a few keys to victory in mind.
“They’ve got two really good lines,” Swift Current’s Captain noted. “For us to be successful we’re going to have to shut them down. We’re going to have to limit our turnovers and keep our special teams in check. We’re going to have to generate some power plays because they don’t take many penalties, and we’re going to have to stay out of the box.”
The game is also part of Sheldon Kennedy day in Swift Current. The former Bronco is being honoured for his contributions on and off the ice.
Puck drop is 2pm and you can hear The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey on The Eagle 94.1 FM starting at 1:30pm.
BRONCOS HAND OUT AWARDS
As part of the festivities on Saturday the Broncos hosted an exhibition game between their alumni and members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Broncos team won 13-10 in a game that was all about having fun and raising money for both Swift Current Minor Football and the Broncos Education Fund.
At night the Broncos welcomed the two teams and their current roster to a banquet that included an awards ceremony for this year’s club. Lowry led the way with four awards to his name including the leading scorer, coach’s award, leadership award and a split of the king of the road award.
“It’s a tremendous honour anytime you have the respect of your coach,” Lowry said. “It’s something you can be very proud of. I tried to come into this season and tried to be a leader and tried to expand my role. I’ve been proud of the way I played this year and moving forward I’m going to try to continue playing well and provide the leadership this team needs.”
Scarlett was named top defenceman for the third consecutive season.
“First year obviously we didn’t have the strongest defence so I kind of got lucky a little bit,” Scarlett said. “It’s been great to develop here with the D we have with the team we have. It’s an honour. We have some great defencemen here.”
Other award winners included Graham Black for humanitarian, desire and sportsmanship, Eetu Laurikainen for rookie of the year, Richard Nedomlel for chairman of the boards, Coda Gordon for a different sportsmanship award, Levi Bews for most improved player and Dillon Heatherington for the top scholastic player.
Awards like MVP and most popular will be handed out during the final regular season game.