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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 16:47

Broncos finally snap three-game losing streak

Written by  Brad Brown, Broncos' Notebook
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When it rains it pours. The Swift Current Broncos scored four unanswered goals and staved off a late rally by the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings to snap a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 win Tuesday, before a season-low crowd of 1,916 at the Credit Union iplex.


It was the eighth time this season the Broncos have scored four or more goals and they have now scored 58 per cent of their goals (44 of 76) in those eight games, which represent just 29 per cent of their season.
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Scoring for the Broncos were Levi Bews (twice), Reece Scarlett, Ryon Moser and Josh Derko.
Scarlett’s goal was his second of the season and first in 11 games.
Moser meanwhile, now has seven points in his last seven games, after  posting just two assists in his previous 13.
With three assists Tuesday, Graham Black moved into second on the team scoring list and has 10 points in eight games this month. It was his first three-point game of the year.
The Wheat Kings replied with two goals from Richard Nejezchleb and one from Alessio Bertaggia, who also added two assists.
Brandon rookies Tim McGauley and Colton Waltz both left Tuesday’s game injured.  McGauley hurt his left leg on a second-period collision in the corner behind Broncos goalie Eetu Laurikainen and Waltz left after an attempted hit on Ryon Moser in the third period. Waltz returned to action before the end of the game.
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The win improved the Broncos’ record to 10-12-3-2 and moved them into a tie for second place in the WHL’s crowded East Division with the Regina Pats and Saskatoon Blades.
It was also the Broncos’ third win in their last four home games, after some early-season struggles on home ice.
Swift Current had entered the game in a tie with Saskatoon, Brandon and the Moose Jaw Warriors for the division cellar.
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Tuesday’s game was the first of the season for 17-year-old Denis Bosc.
Wearing Brad Hoban’s old No. 20, Bosc saw limited ice time and was held pointless in his WHL debut.
Bosc was a late training camp cut by the Broncos, and put up 16 points in 18 games with the Steinbach Pistons of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League before he was called up last week.
To make room for Bosc, the Broncos scratched fellow 17-year-old Justin Spagrud. Spagrud had three goals and an assist in his first six games this year, but no points of any kind in his last 11.
Bosc was a sixth-round pick of the Broncos in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.
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The good news for the Broncos is they entered Wednesday’s return match in Brandon with an 8-2-3-2 record against East Division rivals this year. The bad news is they are 2-10 against the rest of the league and play just three of their next 16 games within the East Division.
Next up for the Broncos are home dates Friday with the Spokane Chiefs and Saturday against Brandon, before they head west on their B.C. Division road swing.
They’ll open that trip Tuesday against the Kamloops Blazers and Wednesday against the Kelowna Rockets before moving on to Vancouver (Dec. 7), Victoria (Dec. 8) and Prince George.

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