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Click here for my recap from Swift Current Online:
Eetu Laurikainen made 26 saves as the Swift Current Broncos won 3-2 in Brandon on Saturday night. Wheat Kings forward Jayce Hawryluk rung a puck off the crossbar in the final second of the game as Swift Current narrowly avoided overtime.
Reece Scarlett, Dillon Heatherington and Adam Lowry all scored in the second period for Swift Current. Heatherington had a goal and an assist and Jay Merkley chipped in two assists.
The Broncos played four games in five days and won three of them.
“It was a very gutsy win,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “That’s a lot of hockey. You’re not going to have the same jump… you’ve got to play a little smarter which we did (and) make good decisions with the puck.”
Swift Current got off to a slow start as the Wheat Kings outshot them 9-5 in the first period and Eric Roy opened the scoring for Brandon on a one-timer over Laurikainen’s blocker. Scarlett got the Broncos on the board with a nice more down the right boards, cut to the middle and put a backhand shot under Wheat Kings goaltender Curtis Honey.
“(Scarlett) made a good play for us to get a goal,” Evjen said. “I think just as important is his penalty killing for two minutes at the end of the third period when he does such a good job. He was very good for us.”
Heatherington moved the Broncos into the lead as his one-timer on the power play deflected off a Brandon stick and beat Honey. Swift Current pulled even further ahead at the end of the period when Merkley completed a give-and-go by threading a pass across the front of the Wheat Kings net for Lowry’s 44th goal of the season.
“(Merkley) just seemed to have energy,” Evjen noted. “He’s just got so much capability offensively and tonight he just showed it. He threaded the needle a couple of times there. You need guys to step up at certain times… he was probably a key for us.”
Merkley struggled in February with only an assist in 13 games. He has 3 points in 6 games in March.
The Broncos were down to five defencemen in the third period when Heatherington sat out as a precaution following a hit by Hawruluk late in the second period.
“If you’re going to play big minutes you’ve got to know when it’s time to get your breath,” Evjen said. “I thought… they did a real good job. We just wanted to be real simple and not throw pucks up the middle. We didn’t need to jump in a whole bunch we just needed to be good defensive defencemen.”
Geordie Maguire pulled Brandon to within a goal in the third, but that’s as close as they could get.
The Broncos earned 15 of a possible 16 points in their season series with Brandon. They sit 6th in the Eastern Conference, 2 points back of Prince Albert in 5th and 2 points ahead of Medicine Hat in 7th.
Swift Current wraps up their regular season with a home-and-home against the Regina Pats on Friday and Saturday. We will have more Broncos talk during Home Hardware’s Overtime live on The Eagle 94.1 FM on Monday from 6 to 7pm.