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It’ll be the Broncos and the Calgary Hitmen in the first round of the WHL playoffs.
Swift Current wrapped up the regular season on a high note with a 6-2 win over Regina on Saturday in front of a sold out crowd at the Credit Union iPlex.
“It was a hard fought win,” said Broncos forward Chance Lund. “I thought we just did a lot of things right. We were getting pucks deep, getting on their D, they turned it over and we capitalized on our opportunities.”
Swift Current had six different goal scorers in the win.
“Scored a lot of goals which is good for our confidence going into the playoffs,” said Broncos forward Ryon Moser. “I thought it was just a solid game throughout our lineup.”
It was a complete effort for the Broncos as they scored twice in each period.
“I thought we played a good 60 minute game,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “We got pucks deep, we didn’t have many turnovers, we moved the puck… which is tough when you play this team because of the pressure.”
The Broncos out shot Regina 32-17 and gave them almost nothing offensively.
“We’ve been pretty good defensively all year,” Evjen said. “We’re very structured… we pressure very hard and a big thing is blocking shots.”
Swift Current cut their goals against from 272 in 2011-12 to 193 this season. That total is the second lowest in the Eastern Conference.
The Broncos gave themselves a shot at 5th place in the Eastern Conference with the win, but Prince Albert beat Saskatoon in overtime to lock it up. Swift Current instead finished 6th to create a first round series with the 3rd place Hitmen.
“We’ve been really solid against them all year,” Lund said. “We’ve got to stick with our game plan. Really get pucks deep on their D and really go at them. We’ve got to limit the turnovers as they transition so well.”
The Broncos were 3-1 in the season series against the Hitmen this season, but finished 18 points back of Calgary in the standings.
“They’ve got really good top six forwards,” Moser said. “Their D are pretty big and pretty solid d-men. They’re pretty solid throughout we’re just going to have to wear them down, play our game, stick to our system.”
There isn’t much playoff experience on the roster for the Broncos. Only Adam Lowry and Reece Scarlett were on the team the last time they made the post-season and were swept by Brandon in 2009-2010.
“Sometimes you can hang your hat too much on experience,” Evjen said. “If you’ve got a good team and a good group of leaders that can take you a long way… we feel good with our group… we’ll prepare our guys and we’ll be ready to go to war.”
The Broncos opened the scoring against Regina when Lund ripped his 16th of the season over the blocker of Teagan Sacher. Tanner LeSann then made it 2-0 when he stole a puck at his own blue line and broke through the Regina D for a breakaway goal.
Regina cut the lead in half early in the second period during a 4 on 4 when veteran Lane Scheidl took advantage of a Dillon Heatherington turnover to score his 41rst of the year. Things stayed tight until Levi Bews snuck a backhand under Sacher at 14:38 and then Reece Scarlett blasted home a power play goal a couple of minutes later.
The Pats again cut the lead in half on a Darien Henry goal late in the second.
Swift Current pulled away with goals by Ryon Moser and Colby Cave in the third.
Eetu Laurikainen made 15 saves to earn the win, while Sacher stopped 26 pucks for Regina. The Broncos went 1 for 5 on the power play while holding the Pats to 0 for 3.
They played the game in front of a sold out crowd for the first time since March 2010.
Swift Current also beat Regina 2-1 on Friday. They won the season series with the Pats 7-1 and took 15 of a possible 16 points. They finished the regular season with a record of 36-29-3-4.
The playoffs start Thursday and Friday in Calgary. Games 3 and 4 are scheduled for the following Monday and Tuesday in Swift Current.
We will have more Broncos talk during Home Hardware’s Overtime from 6-7pm Monday night on The Eagle 94.1 FM.