The Swift Current Broncos are on the road in Calgary to meet the third place Hitmen Friday Night.
After a 3-2 overtime win over last place Brandon on Wednesday, Broncos Assistant Coach Jamie Heward told our post-game show that type of effort wouldn’t be good enough in Calgary or Red Deer this weekend.
“It certainly won’t,” Heward said. “I think they got the message. They realize this isn’t something they can take lightly. We’re in a real battle right now to not only make the playoffs but to move up in the standings.”
The Broncos are 2-1 against Calgary this season, but both their wins were at home.
Swift Current sits 7th in the Eastern Conference, 1 point ahead of Kootenay in 8th and 6 points ahead of 9th place Lethbridge.
“This is an important time of year,” Heward said. “This is a great time of the year. This is when hockey becomes fun because you’re playing for something every single second, every single shift. I think our guys figured it out.”
The Broncos are loaded with Alberta born players and have their share of Calgary products like Flames draft pick Coda Gordon. He comes into the game Friday having not scored a goal since the last time the Broncos played the Hitmen at the end of January.
“It definitely gets really frustrating,” Gordon said. “Especially when you get the chances and it’s not working for you. If you’re getting the chances and you’re doing the little things eventually it’s going to come.”
Gordon recently moved from his usual spot on Adam Lowry’s right wing to a line with Graham Black and Ryon Moser.
“I was going in a little slump so it was a good change to be able to play with a couple of different players,” Gordon said. “They’ve got a lot of speed so it’s easy to get the puck moving. They take it in the zone right away and we cycle off that. They’re easy to play with and they’re easy to create some offence off.”
We’ve got the game for you on The Eagle 94.1 with The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey at 7:30pm.