Post-Game: Rebels 3 Broncos 0

Adam Lowry (photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Adam Lowry (photo by Darwin Knelsen)

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Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:

Patrik Bartosak made 52 saves as his Red Deer Rebels shutout the Swift Current Broncos 3-0 on Saurday night.

It was a battle of elite WHL goalies as Eetu Laurikainen made 34 saves, several of them spectacular, to keep the Broncos within striking distance. Bartosak was a wall for the Rebels never budging as Swift Current peppered him shots from all sides of the offensive zone.

“We just gave up way too much in a lot of areas tonight,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “D shooting the puck at forwards for breakaways to outnumbered rushes to our zone, not winning enough one on one battles… that kind of led to their opportunities.”

The Broncos outshot Red Deer 16-12 in a scoreless first period. Graham Black had their best chance on a four on four breakaway. The Rebels didn’t have as many shots but had several breakaways and odd man rushes off Swift Current turnovers of missed assignments.

“(Laurikainen) gave us an opportunity to be in the game with the saves he made,” Evjen said. “He made a lot of good saves and he made 5 or 6 highlight reel saves that were unbelievable.”

Red Deer took lead in the second period on two goals from Turner Elson. First he put home a rebound from a Tyson Ness shot on the power play, and his second goal came off a nice passing play started by a Matt Dumba rush.

The Rebels put the game out of reach when Matt Bellerive converted a 2 on 1 early in the third period.

Swift Current went 0 for 5 as their recent troubles on the power play continued.

“You have to have a 5 on 5 mentality,” Evjen said. “Taking a penalty on your power play you nullify it really quick.”

The Broncos earned a split of their weekend road swing through Alberta after a 3-1 win in Calgary. The loss also means that Red Deer won the season series with the Broncos 3-1.

The playoff picture in the Eastern Conference got tighter as 8th place Kootenay beat Medicine Hat to pull within a point of the Broncos and Tigers in a tie for 6th. Lethbridge lost in Kelowna and the Hurricanes are now 6 points back of the Ice for the final playoff spot in the conference.

The next action for Swift Current is Tuesday and Wednesday at home to Prince Albert and Moose Jaw. Tuesday’s game with the Raiders is the final time the Broncos will play a playoff bound team during the regular season. They wrap up their schedule with five games against a combination of the Warriors, Wheat Kings and Pats.

You can hear more Bronco talk during Home Hardware’s Overtime on Monday from 6 to 7pm live from Boston Pizza in Swift Current on The Eagle 94.1 FM.

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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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