Re-Live 2018 – Round 2: Games 3 to 7


Matteo Gennaro’s overtime winner (photo by David Zammit)

Apologies to those of you following my look back to 2018 series. The events associated with the radio station officially losing the broadcast rights to the Broncos and as a result me losing my role as broadcaster with the team kind of threw this for a bit of a loop. I decided I didn’t want to complete abandon the series even though I got five games behind. That means I have to find a way to deal with the Moose Jaw series. We were through Game 2 so I’m just going to do a quick recap with links for the last five games of the series. That should get us back on track.

Looking back at the series boy was it memorable. Eight overtime periods. Seven games. Three straight shutouts by Skinner on the road. The top two teams in the league and emotional rivals battled in perhaps the beset series of the playoffs in 2018 with the Humboldt tragedy hanging over everything. That is a ten-day period none of us will ever forget.

Round 2 – Game 3: Warriors 4 Broncos 3 (3OT)

Brett Howden limped the the dressing room after a late second period collision with questions about his status for the rest of the game.

The Moose Jaw captain had a much different expression heading back down the tunnel later in the night after scoring the overtime winner in the Warriors’ Game 3 victory over Swift Current.

Less than three minutes into extra time he was going to the net as the puck came bouncing off of Tanner Jeannot’s stick and right to Howden for a quick ending to OT.

It was the New York Ranger prospect’s second of the game as Moose Jaw regained home ice advantage in a hard fought game.

“Effort was there,” said Broncos Associate Coach Ryan Smith “Execution and details were a little off tonight. Credit to Moose Jaw. They needed to get one back and they did it. I thought our game was just a little off tonight. Just some mistakes and some reads and that ends up costing you opportunities and goals.”


Round 2 – Game 4: Broncos 3 Warriors 2 (2OT)

“I just know I had an angel watching over me tonight.”

With a heavy heart Matteo Gennaro played the game of his life lifting the Swift Current Broncos to a 3-2 double overtime win over the Moose Jaw Warriors in Game 4 tonight.

Gennaro lost close friend Stephen Wack in the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash last week and saluted him with a point to the sky when called out as the first star at the end of the thrilling contest.

“I don’t really have any words,” Gennaro said. “It was pretty special to be a part of… we went through some extreme adversity today. We don’t really feel like the calls were going our way and we had countless opportunities in OT. I’m just proud of the group. We weren’t going to be denied tonight. That was a huge game and we needed that for sure.”


Round 2 – Game 5: Broncos 2 Warriors 0

Stuart Skinner made 36 saves for his third shutout of the playoffs as the Swift Current Broncos beat the Moose Jaw Warriors 2-0 in Game 5.

Swift Current’s netminder made some huge saves early and played a poised game the whole was as his team delivered a determined two-way effort in front of him.

“I feel pretty good right now,” Skinner said. “I think all the momentum is building up. It’s not just me out there. Guys are blocking shots for me and guys are putting the puck in the net on the other side. A big team effort for the win tonight and a character win.”

Kaden Elder and Giorgio Estephan had the goals for Swift Current as the Broncos played a strong road game and took a 3-2 series lead.

“Our goalie kept us in the game,” Elder said. “He made some huge saves… we got desperate and we blocked shots, played the right way in the d-zone and that led to our offence.


Round 2 – Game 6: Warriors 3 Broncos 2 (3OT)

Everything was going right for the Swift Current Broncos.

The home team was in total control of Game 6 against Moose Jaw and up 2-0 with 14 minutes to go before earning a trip to the WHL Eastern Conference Final.

But the Moose Jaw Warriors weren’t done.

The Warriors erased the deficit and eventually won a triple overtime marathon on a Jayden Halbgewachs power play goal.

“It feels unreal I mean our season is over if that goal doesn’t happen,” Halbgewachs told “It’s pretty indescribable. It feels awesome…we’ve got a special team this year and to have our season done already is not what we want and doesn’t feel right… it’s obviously the biggest goal of my career.”


Round 2 – Game 7:

Stuart Skinner accomplished something almost unthinkable this series.

The 19-year-old shut out the WHL’s leading scoring team three straight times in their own building on the way to a seven game series victory for the Swift Current Broncos.

With shutout victories in Games 2, 5 and 7, Skinner proved his place as one of the clutch playoff goaltenders in the league and helped his team advance to an Eastern Conference final against his old club from Lethbridge.

“It feels amazing,” Skinner said. “I’m actually pretty tired so I’m excited to get a couple days off and rest up for round three. Three wins playing away is huge. That’s the reason we won this series. I’m so thankful to have this group of guys. We’re a family here. I love it.”

Swift Current saved their best game of the series for the last one as they dominated the league’s top team from almost start to finish on the way to a 6-0 victory.


About shawnmullin

Play by Play Broadcaster for the WHL's Swift Current Broncos on 94.1 FM The Eagle.
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