Post-Game: Broncos 6 Raiders 3

Colby Cave  (photo from scbroncos.com)

Colby Cave (photo from scbroncos.com)

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Levi Bews (photo from scbroncos.com)

Levi Bews (photo from scbroncos.com)

Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:

Levi Bews and Colby Cave each scored twice as the Swift Current Broncos beat the Prince Albert Raiders 6-3 on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old forwards were re-united early in the 2nd period and sparked Swift Current’s offence as they both hit the 20-goal mark on the season.

“Really great to accomplish that,” Bews said. “20 goals it’s not very often you’re going to get that. It’s really nice and for Colby to get it too congrats to him.”

Cave had started the game on Adam Lowry’s wing before moving to centre a line with Bews and Tanner LeSann at the start of the 2nd period. The Broncos exploded for 3 goals in the first 3:20 of the period after the change.

“Their match-up was to put more depth throughout the lineup,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “When that happened we felt we had to make a change to give us a little more depth through the middle moving (Cave) there. We knew (Cave and Bews) have had pretty good rhythm between them and it paid off.”

Cave liked the combination.

“It’s just the chemistry with Bews,” Cave said. “LeSann is a shifty player. He’s really good down low and on the wall… and complimented our line. We got pucks deep when we needed to, we cycled the puck and we made plays when we had them.”

The Broncos opened the scoring in the first period as Ryon Moser poked a puck to Graham Black in the neutral zone and he exploded into Raiders territory before ripping a shot over the glove of Luke Siemens. Prince Albert tied the game shortly after on Jayden Hart’s power play goal.

Swift Current took control early in the second period when Coda Gordon set Bews up right at the end of a Broncos power play. Cave then scored back-to-back even strength to put Swift Current up 4-1 and drive Siemens from the net in favour of Raiders backup Andy Desautels.

Prince Albert cut into the lead a few minutes later on a nice individual effort by Mike Winther. The Broncos got a bit sloppy throughout the rest of the second period and a Dylan Busenius goal brought the Raiders to within 4-3.

“We can’t get comfortable with the lead,” Cave. “We got up three goals and we kind of sat back and waited for them to take over the game. In the second intermission our coaches said if we play our game then we’ll come out with the win. We went out there, did the little things, got pucks deep and came out with the win.”

The Broncos tightened up defensively in the third and Moser setup Gordon to give them some insurance. Bews finished the game with an empty-netter.

In addition to Bews’ 4 point night, Graham Black had 3, while Cave, Moser and Gordon had 2 each. Eetu Laurikainen made 33 saves as the Broncos wrapped up their season series with the Raiders by earning a split of the 8 games. The home team won every game of the season series.

Swift Current went 0 for 4 on the power play, while Prince Albert went 1 for 2. The Broncos are now 6 for their last 52 on the man advantage.

“We’re trying to force pucks into the slot,” Bews said. “Really we’re playing right into their hands. We’re not making the best plays or the smart plays.”

The Broncos now sit tied with Medicine Hat for 6th in the Eastern Conference. They’re both 3 points ahead of 8th place Kootenay and 9 points ahead of 9th place Letbhridge.

Swift Current hosts Moose Jaw on Wednesday as part of a run of five games against non-playoff teams to close out the schedule.

“We’ve got a playoff series before the playoffs even begin really,” Bews said. “We’ve got to go into the playoffs on a role. We can’t just get there and just sneak in, you’ve got to have some momentum going into it so you can carry that to playoffs and have a successful run.”

The Broncos also know they can’t take their opponents for granted.

“We have no room to take a coffee break or anything,” Evjen said. “We need to play our best hockey. The parody in this league is unbelievable it doesn’t matter who you play. Moose Jaw were the ones who (ended) our seven game winning streak and they just nailed the Blades on their eighteen (game winning streak). In our dressing room we’ve learned some lessons and we know we have to come out and compete. We need the points bad.”

The schedule includes games with the Warriors, Brandon Wheat Kings and Regina Pats to close out the regular season.

You can hear Wednesday’s game against the Warriors on The Eagle 94.1 FM with The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey at 6:30pm.

Tanner LeSann (photo from scbroncos.com)

Tanner LeSann (photo from scbroncos.com)

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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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