SWIFT CURRENT, SK. - Three goals in the first period and three more in the third lifted the Swift Current Broncos to a 6-4 win over the Hurricanes Wednesday night.
The Broncos got off to a quick start in this one. Just over two minutes in, Josh Derko's backhander beat Liam Liston between the legs to give Swift Current a 1-0 lead. That didn't last too long. Lethbridge came storming back with a pair of goals, just 50 seconds apart. Phil Tot scored his 11th of the season on the power play to tie the game at 1-1 and then right after that Jaimen Yakubowski tapped home his 11th of the year to give Lethbridge a 2-1 lead. It looked like perhaps that lead would stick going into the dressing room, but Swift Current would come charging back with a few quick goals of their own. Late in the period, Andy Blanke's shot beat Liston to even the game at 2-2 and then with less than a minute to play in the period and just over 90 seconds after the tying goal, Brad Hoban would lift a shot past Liam Liston to give Swift Current a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes. The Broncos out shot Lethbridge 18-11.
In the second, the Hurricanes would come out much stronger and had several good chances to tie the game again, but were unable to beat Jon Groenheyde in the Swift Current goal. On the flip side of that, the Broncos couldn't score either. That 3-2 lead the Broncos held through one period, held up through 40 minutes as well. Lethbridge out shot Swift Current 15-8 in that period and the shots ended up 26-26 through two periods of play.
In the third, the offence returned for both teams. Lethbridge tied the game at 3-3 early in the period when Landon Oslanski scored his 6th of the season. Shortly after though, the Broncos took the lead when Richard Nedomlel beat Liston to make it 4-3 Swift Current. Just 20 second later, right off the face-off at centre ice, Juraj Bezuch moved in and fired home his 5th of the year to even the score at 4-4. After that, Swift Current would take control with a pair of more goals. Richard Nedomlel would get his second of the night to make it 5-4 and then Taylor Vause scored to make it 6-4 Broncos and that's the way things would end. There were more than enough shots in this game as the Broncos out shot Lethbridge 42-38. The Hurricanes finished the game 2/3 on the power play, while Swift Current went 1/4. The Canes have lost three games in a row now and this drops their over record to 19-33-0-1 in 53 games. They sit tied with PA last place in the conference.
Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore wasn't at all happy on the CJOC post-game show saying allowing 8, 6, and 6 goals against respectively in the Hurricanes last three games is unacceptable and they have to simply be better defensively.
The Hurricanes called up a couple of Midget AAA players for Wednesday's game. Defenceman Ryan Pilon played his second game in a Hurricanes uniform this season. He played very well and had a regular shift. The Canes are a bit shorthanded on the back end right now with a minor injury to Spencer Galbraith and Albin Blomqvist still out with concussion symptoms. Goalie Johnny Houge was brought in to back-up Liam Liston in Swift Current. Damien Ketlo is not feeling well, so the team took along Houge on the road for these next few games.
The Hurricanes will stay in Regina the next few days and use that as their base for the remaining two games on this road trip. They'll travel to Brandon Friday (Feb. 3) to take on the Wheat Kings. This will be just the second meeting of the season between the Canes and Wheaties. Game time is 6:30 PM (MST). The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:00.