The Swift Current Broncos get a little chance at revenge Wednesday night with the Calgary Hitmen in town.
Calgary knocked the Broncos out of the 2012-2013 playoffs in a tight and controversial first round series.
“We’ve got some bad blood against those guys from last year in the playoffs,” said Broncos Captain Colby Cave. “Looking forward to it. It’s going to be a good game.”
The series lasted only five games, but three of the games went to overtime and the key game four was decided on a goal that the WHL admitted at the time shouldn’t have counted. A glove pass led to the overtime winner for the Hitmen and the incident led to a new rule that allows video replay to review for glove passes that lead to goals.
“It was extremely disappointing to get out in the first round to them,” said Broncos defenceman Dillon Heatherington. “Everyone has this circled on the calendar that we need to win this game. We’re going to go into it with that feisty, fiery attitude that we need to come out on top.”
The Broncos are off to a great start to the 2013-14 season. They’re 5-1-0-1 and only a point behind Prince Albert for top spot in the conference after the Raiders beat the Vancouver Giants on Tuesday night.
That doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about what happened in March.
“You’ve got a grudge,” said Broncos Associate Coach Darren Evjen. “They knocked us out last year. The worst feeling in the world is losing out in the playoffs. We talked about it in practice… we should have an edge to us and we should want to go in there and beat these guys just for the fact of what happened last year.”
Swift Current knows the Hitmen will be the tough challenge they always are.
“They’re a good hockey team and they’re deep,” Evjen said. “It’ll be a deep game for us, but I think there’s a lot of guys that feel the way I do… that first game we see them there’s definitely a grudge there.”
The Hitmen are coming off a 6-4 loss to Medicine Hat on Tuesday night. They’re 3-3 so this season.
The game wraps up a four game home stand for the Broncos. They’re in Saskatoon on Friday before hosting Vancouver on Saturday.
You can hear Wednesday’s game on The Eagle 94.1 FM starting with our pre-game show at 6:30pm. Puck drop is 7:05pm at the Credit Union iPlex.