It was a great night in Swift Current in front of a sold out Innovation Credit Union iPlex crowd. While the result didn’t go the way the home fans would want, it was a very entertaining game with a lot of impressive skill on display. Kudos to everyone involved in making the event happen on and off the ice.
Here is some audio from post-game scrums…
Broncos & Russian D Artyom Minulin
Broncos D Colby Sissons
Broncos F Tyler Steenbergen
Broncos Coach/Director of Hockey Operations (Team WHL assistant) Manny Viveiros
Kelowna Rockets F Kole Lind
Program of Excellence Head Scout Brad McEwan
Regina Pats F Sam Steele
Moose Jaw Warriors coach (Team WHL Head Coach) Tim Hunter
Travis Child lunges after an Artyom Minulin shot (photo by David Zammit for scbroncos.com)
Brett Kemp scored with 18.8 seconds to play in the third period as the Edmonton Oil Kings came from behind to hand the Swift Current Broncos their first loss of the season.
Down 3-1 in the third period, the Oil Kings rattled off three unanswered goals and stunned another loud crowd at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex with the 4-3 regulation victory.
Swift Current now falls to 8-1 after a thrilling start to the season.
“We just didn’t play our game,” said Broncos forward Tyler Steenbergen. “The past couple games we’ve gotten away from it. We’re trying to be a skilled team and that’s not how we need to play. We need to play a sixty-minute game and we didn’t do that tonight. We’re going to learn that this week in practice and we’ll be better next weekend.”
Steenbergen finishes off a Sissons feed (photo by David Zammit at scbroncos.com)
A dream start to the season continued for the Swift Current Broncos as they ran their record to 5-0 with a 5-2 win in front of a sold out crowd for their home opener.
Tyler Steenbergen scored twice more, while Aleksi Heponiemi and Colby Sissons each had a goal and three assists in the victory.
“I think we’ve been playing really well,” Sissons said. “Obviously our top line has been doing a lot for us. They play really well in our own zone too that’s what we’ve been doing just taking care of the D-zone and the offence is taking care of itself.”
Steenbergen’s goals were his 11th and 12th of the season as he has averaged a hat trick in his last four games.
Jake DeBrusk (photo by Darwin Knelsen for scbroncos.com)
A busy week in Broncos land as the team passed 1650 season tickets for at least the first time since I’ve been here. Hopefully they can get to 1700 today that would be great. It’s only going to get busier with a game in Saskatoon today, hosting Kootenay in the home opener tomorrow and a trip to Moose Jaw for a Thanksgiving Sunday afternoon tilt.
Here’s a taste of some stuff that has been going on this week.
15 former Swift Current Broncos are playing for Canada West schools this season including Graeme Craig (AB), Adam Rossignol (BC), Coda Gordon (CAL), Ryan Graham (CAL), Jordan Papirny (CAL), Jay Merkley (LET), Ryon Moser (LET), Connor Sanvido (LET), Calvin Spencer (MAN), Ryley Lindgren (MR), Austin Adamson (MR), Jamal Watson (MR), Christian Magnus (REG), Brody Luhning (REG) and Andrew Johnson (SASK)