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A broken bus and a late start to their game were the least of Swift Current’s concerns in Prince Albert on Tuesday night.
Potential first round NHL draft pick Leon Draisaitl collected his first career hat trick as his Raiders downed the Broncos 5-2. It was only their second win in their last eight games and both were against Swift Current.
“We made two or three really glaring mistakes,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Jamie Heward. “When you make a mistake against good players, especially a guy who is rated top 15 in the first round, he’s going to make you pay for it. We really game up with nothing in the third that really set us apart.”
Swift Current had played Draisaitl well in their previous six games against the Raiders this season.
“In the games before that we were all over him,” Heward said. “We bumped him, we pushed him. It was nothing crazy or super creative. It was just simple hockey that got the job done. I just didn’t think we did that tonight. We didn’t come up with enough little things on him… he did kind of what he wanted to tonight.”
It had been a tough day for the Broncos as their departure for Prince Albert was delayed for over two hours due to bus issues. They only arrived at the Art Houser Centre at 6:50pm for what wound up as a 7:50pm puck drop leaving the team with half the usual prep time.