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Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:47

Lowry leading an offensively-gifted herd of Broncos

Written by  Brad Brown
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The defence looked solid. The goaltending appeared promising.


But who was going to score the goals?
If there was a $64,000 question facing the Swift Current Broncos heading into the new WHL season, that was it.
They had a team seemingly rife with potential, but only one player — Adam Lowry — with more than 30 career WHL goals. And even Lowry was an unknown, coming off a season-ending broken wrist that left him unable to comfortably shoot a hockey puck until early-July.
The answer, as told by the first two games of the season, is “everyone.”
Lowry is still the leader. He agitated his way into a lengthy Broncos power play in their season opener Sept. 21 and potted a hat trick the next night in a 7-1 win.
After splitting a home-and-home set with the Moose Jaw Warriors, the Broncos have produced 10 goals from seven different players.
Colby Cave (twice), Josh Derko, Levi Bews, rookie Justin Spagrud, Ryon Moser and Coda Gordon all lit the lamp on opening weekend.
“Coda Gordon, Graham Black, they’re just realizing their potential,” said Lowry, entering his fourth full WHL season. “Josh Derko has proved he’s going to step up as well as Colby Cave, as evidenced last night.
“We’re not going to have the highest scoring guys in the league but we’re going to score by committee and we have some pretty offensive defencemen in (Reece) Scarlett and (Richard) Nedomlel who should help bolster our scoring.”
Anything really to take some of the pressure off Lowry would be welcome. He’s not just the team’s only time-tested scoring commodity, he’s also coming off a season-ending wrist injury that left him unable to comfortably shoot a hockey puck until early July.
If the Broncos are to succeed in that regard, they’ll do it by maintaining the hit-anything-that-moves mindset that led directly to a pair of 3-0 leads and two shorthanded goals in their first two games.
“We’re not just an offensive team,” said head coach and general manager Mark Lamb. “We’re an aggressive team but the natural skill, the goal scoring, we don’t have. We’re going to have to score hard goals.
“But we’ve got Black, Moser, Bewsy and we expect them to chip in, Derko’s going to chip in. Besides Moser and Black all those guys have a real aggressive element to their game and that’s part of our identity.”
The other part of the team’s identity will be led directly by Lowry, who was voted the 26th captain in team history earlier this month.
Lowry’s alternates will be Derko, Scarlett and Nedomlel.
“I think the best captain I’ve had here was Derek Claffey, when I was 16,” said Lowry. “He was so good at reading the room, when something needed to be said, reading when he had to call someone out or he needed to take someone aside and constructively criticize or give some pointers where need be, and he was good at keeping the room pretty tight knit.
“It brings on a little more responsibility than if you were not the captain but it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to ... and if we do it together we should be able to manage the room and help maintain the right balance which is going to make us be successful this year.”

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