Post-Game: Broncos 2 Warriors 1

Eetu Laurikainen and Dillon Heatherington (photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Eetu Laurikainen and Dillon Heatherington (photo by Darwin Knelsen)

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

Post-Game with Broncos Assistant Coach Jamie Heward (Download)

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

Pre-Game with Warriors Coach Mike Stothers (Download)

  • B&A Petroleum Game Shifter: 5 on 3 penalty kill
  • Low Cost Towing Unsung Hero: Coda Gordon
  • Standard Motors Crunch of the Game: Adam Lowry
  • Herbert Auto Tough Guy of the Game: Dillon Heatherington

Click here for my recap from Swift Current Online:

The Swift Current Broncos are going back to the playoffs.

Adam Lowry scored twice to lead the Broncos to a 2-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors. Their win combined with a Lethbridge Hurricanes loss in Red Deer clinched a playoff spot for Swift Current.

“That was a great win for us,” said Assistant Coach Jamie Heward. “That’s a hard-nosed team, they don’t take any shifts off. It was a playoff atmosphere tonight for both teams… great battle, good defensive effort on our part and I thought the guys worked really hard.”

Eetu Laurikainen made 25 saves in a first star performance. Justin Paulic stopped 17 Bronco shots in a losing cause.

Lowry opened the scoring on the power play as all five players on the ice touched the puck on a tic-tac-toe play. He then converted a nice rush by Chance Lund for his second of the period and 43rd of the season.

“He really is the heart and soul of our team,” Heward said. “If he’s not the MVP I would be totally shocked.”

Lowry’s goals allowed him to reach the 200 point mark for his WHL career. Coda Gordon had assists on both of Lowry’s goals.

The Warriors had an opportunity to close the gap on an extended 5 on 3 power play midway through the second period. Laurikainen made several big saves to help shut the door.

“Shot blocking is key,” Heward said. “Your goaltender has to become a big part of that and we’ve got one of the best of the league. Dillon Heatherington made a really big block.”

Heatherington blocked a slapshot from Morgan Rielly and was able to clear the zone despite being down on the ice injured.

Moose Jaw was able to score one on a third period power play when Rielly caused a giveaway by Laurikainen and got the puck to Carter Hansen to cut Swift Current’s lead to 2-1. Swift Current then shut the door with strong defensive play late.

The Broncos went 1 for 1 on the power play, while the Warriors went 1 for 4. Swift Current’s win wrapped up the season series tied 3-3.

Losses by Prince Albert, Medicine Hat, Kootenay and Lethbridge allowed the Broncos to jump ahead in the standings. Swift Current sits 6th in the Eastern Conference, 3 points back of the 5th place Raiders and 2 points up on the 7th place Tigers.

The next action for the Broncos is Saturday in Brandon. Swift Current is 6-0-0-1 in their season series with the Wheat Kings. You can hear that game on The Eagle 94.1 FM with The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey at 7pm.


About shawnmullin

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