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Julius Honka scored once and had two assists to lead the Swift Current Broncos back from an early deficit to a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Giants on Saturday night.
Honka’s goal 3:24 into the second period turned the game around for the Broncos after a first period where they were outplayed and found themselves in a 2-0 hole. They took over the game from there and scored five unanswered goals to ensure the Giants ended their East Division road swing without a win.
“It was probably one of the worst periods we played this year,” said Broncos Associate Coach Darren Even. “That’s what happens when you lose a couple of games you get off of it a little bit. It’s not in one way it’s in a lot of different ways and you have to turn things around.”
The Broncos were outshot 20-6 in the first period and Vancouver scored twice late in the frame. Dalton Thrower’s point shot created a rebound for German Andreas Eden’s second of the season on the power play. Another
Thrower point shot just over a minute later led to a Joel Hamilton rebound goal.
“We didn’t win very many (puck battles) and we didn’t put ourselves in a position to pay the price to win a battle,” Evjen said. “We were turning some pucks over. It just all collects that’s how you have a period like that. In the second period that’s where you start getting pucks deep, you start working, you start being physical and you start paying the price to win some battles.”
The leadership for the Broncos stepped up in the intermission to make sure they got back on the right track.
“A lot of talk in the dressing room just things we needed to do better and things we needed to work on,” said Broncos forward Zac Mackay. “The little things that can help us be successful as a team and not just individuals. Great leadership in the room stepping up and taking over on that part and it was just our job from there to come out in the second and third and do it.”
Honka’s goal then ignited the Broncos and they fired 19 shots to Vancouver’s 10 in the second period. Captain Colby Cave tied the game shortly after Honka’s goal on a shot Jared Rathjen would likely want to have back. Swift Current took the lead when Mackay tipped a Brett Lernout point shot only 1:20 into the third period.
“Lernout with a great tipping shot,” Mackay said. “I just tried to get my stick on it and luckily did. I think it went five hole.”
The Broncos extended their lead on Glenn Gawdin’s first career goal at 12:07. Honka’s shot bounced off the boards behind the net and back out front where Gawdin pounced in the puck and fired it byRathjen.
“Hopefully I’ll get a few more down the road,” Gawdin said. “The last few games I’ve been a little close. I’ve been a little hard on myself I think I’ve been just holding my stick too tight or something. I knew it was going to come sometime but I’m glad it came sooner rather than later.”
Bobby Zinkan’s point shot at 15:37 made it 5-2 Swift Current.
Eetu Laurikainen made 35 saves to secure the win, while Rathjen stopped 28 of the 33 Swift Current shots. Swift Current went 1 for 2 on the man advantage and held Vancouver to 1 for 5.
The 6-3-0-1 Broncos now head out on the road to the US Division for 5 games in 7 days starting on Wednesday in Spokane.