Re-Live 2018 – Round 3: Games 1 & 2


Giorgio Estephan’s Game 2 OT Winner (photo by David Zammit for

The emotion was always high in the 2018 playoffs for the Swift Current Broncos. From a first round series against a Regina team that knocked 17 of their players out of the playoffs the year before, to a second round series against their rivals from Moose Jaw in a battle of the league’s top two teams, on to an Eastern Conference final against a Lethbridge club with whom they’d made a massive trade at the deadline.

Lethbridge was a  younger team with less depth that wasn’t supposed to be the same level of challenge that Regina and Moose Jaw had offered. People must have neglected to tell the Hurricanes because they gave the Broncos everything they could take and more in a terrific series. It started with two very close Swift Current wins on home ice as they took their first two-game series lead in the playoffs.

Round 3 – Game 1: Broncos 3 Hurricanes 2

The Swift Current Broncos may have come out on the winning end in Game 1 of the WHL Eastern Conference Final, but they sure know they’re in for a tough series.

Stuart Skinner made 39 saves, while Aleksi Heponiemi’s first of the playoffs served as the winner in a tight 3-2 victory over Lethbridge.

“I thought Lethbridge was really good tonight,” said Broncos Coach/Director of Player Personnel Manny Viveiros. “They put us on our heels (and) made us make mistakes. We were fortunate. Stuart Skinner played very well for us. A little bit of puck luck for Lethbridge they could have easily won the game tonight.”


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

To many fans in central Alberta Giorgio Estephan will always be a Lethbridge Hurricane.

After tonight he will also be remembered as a Swift Current Broncos playoff hero.

The former Lethbridge captain delivered his signature Broncos performance against his old team with an overtime winning hat-trick goal lifting Swift Current to a 2-0 lead in the WHL Eastern Conference Final.

“It was a hard fought game,” Estephan said. “There was a couple of times throughout the game where everyone was frustrated. We stuck with the game plan and we stuck with everything that were making us good… that one felt pretty good at the end for sure… we were just trying to get a lot of pressure and a lot of shots on net especially in overtime… I kind of got off my guy a little bit… and it was a perfect pass by (Sahvan Khaira) right on my tape. All I had to do was tap it in.”



About shawnmullin

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