Re-Live 2018 – Round 3: Games 3 to 6

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Apologies again! Life gets in the way sometimes. It has been like two weeks since my last update. The 2019 WHL Final is underway now and I certainly wish both Prince Albert and Vancouver well in that. It can be such a fun time for any junior hockey community.

I will try again now to get back on track in our look back to last year. No promises obviously! When we left our story the Broncos took a 2-0 lead on Lethbridge in two very hotly contested games in Swift Current. The games in Lethbridge told a decidedly different story…

Round 3 – Game 3: Hurricanes 5 Broncos 1

Any thoughts of an Eastern Conference Final sweep blew away with the wind in Lethbridge tonight.

Brad Morrison scored a hat-trick leading the Hurricanes to a 5-1 win over Swift Current and cut the Broncos’ series lead to 2-1.

“I thought in the second period we took a couple of very undisciplined penalties that put us in trouble and they capitalized on it,” said Broncos Head Coach/Director of Player Personnel Manny Viveiros. “We thought we played a decent first period. Second period we’re right there and 2-1 going into the third period we’re fine, we’re in a good spot… and then we just got undisciplined and they took it to us.”

Morrison scored three and had an assist to extend his league leading playoff point total to 34. The Broncos had contained him fairly well in Swift Current and were not able to repeat that on the road.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL RECAP OF GAME 3 FROM SWIFT CURRENT ONLINE

Round 3 – Game 4: Hurricanes 5 Broncos 1

The Swift Current Broncos have not been themselves so far in the WHL Eastern Conference Final.

That much was evident after back-to-back 5-1 losses in Lethbridge for Game 3 and 4 as the Hurricanes tied the series.

“To be honest I think we should be going home right now,” said Broncos goaltender Stuart Skinner. “I think Lethbridge should have swept us. The two last two games we got at home I think we got lucky… I just thank God we got those two games at home, otherwise we’d be going home right now. They deserved to win these two games… it’s our job to figure it out or we’re going to go home.”

The Broncos started taking penalties early and never managed to stay out of the box as Lethbridge went 4 for 10 on the man advantage. After saying confidently that they’d be better in Game 4, the Broncos were left looking for answers.

“We very uncharacteristically melted down tonight. I don’t have an answer for that right now. We’ll analyze it and talk about it later,” said Broncos Head Coach/Director of Player Personnel Manny Viveiros.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL GAME 4 RECAP FROM SWIFT CURRENT ONLINE

Round 3 – Game 5: Broncos 4 Hurricanes 3

A couple of Swift Current Broncos veterans showed true leadership tonight.

Glenn Gawdin and Artyom Minulin may not have scored the winning goal or been named first star, but two of Swift Current’s most important veteran players gave their team an emotional and physical lift by returning from undisclosed ailments in a crucial Game 5 victory.

Gawdin and MInulin have missed the majority of the series and each had an assist while eating up very significant minutes in their return helping the Broncos to a 3-2 lead in the WHL Eastern Conference Final.

“You’ve got an elite puck moving defenceman that gets us out of trouble with good first passes,” said Broncos Head Coach/Director of Player Personnel Manny Viveiros. “And Glenn Gawdin I thought he was the MVP (of the season) he’s everything for our hockey club. He’s our captain for many reasons.”

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL RECAP OF GAME 5 ON SWIFT CURRENT ONLINE

Round 3 – Game 6: Broncos 5 Hurricanes 1

The loudest building in the Western Hockey League will be rocking on Friday night as the Swift Current Broncos host Game 1 of the WHL Final.

Swift Current scored three goals in 1:36 of the second period as the Broncos overcame a sluggish start to beat Lethbridge 5-1 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final to win the series 4-2.

They will now battle the Everett Silvertips for the Ed Chynoweth Cup starting Friday at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex.

It’s Swift Current’s first trip to the WHL Final since winning the league championship in 1993.

“You could almost hear our own city (from Lethhbridge) and how excited they are and how great they’ve been,” said Broncos Head Coach/Director of Player Personnel Manny Viveiros with a big smile on his face. “They’ve been I think a factor for us. Especially playing at home how positive and how loud they are. I can just imagine in Swift Current how excited everybody is.”

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL GAME 6 RECAP ON SWIFT CURRENT ONLINE

About shawnmullin

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