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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:23

Broncos pack momentum for B.C. trip

Written by  Brad Brown
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The Swift Current Broncos would probably invite the Brandon Wheat Kings over to play any time.
With three games scheduled between the clubs in a five-day span last week, the Broncos won all three contests and outscored their East Division rivals 15-4.


Leading the way offensively for Swift Current in Saturday’s 5-0 shutout was over-age winger Ryon Moser with two goals and an assist. Moser now has 10 points in his last 10 games overall.
Other streaking Broncos include 19-year-old centre Graham Black, with 13 points in his last 11 games, and Levi Bews who has 12 in his last 12.
Moser, Black and Bews combined for nine goals and eight assists in the three-game set with Brandon and each have eight points in five total games against the Wheaties this year.
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Broncos head coach Mark Lamb was not concerned with his team’s response, or lack thereof, to two collisions Saturday between Brandon forwards and Broncos goaltenders.
Both times the offending Wheat Kings were met with the equivalent of a stern finger wagging and not much more.
“Our team is tough and we stick together,” said Lamb. “It’s just situational stuff where we got in a  little bit of trouble last night for getting too aggressive at the end of the game so we’ve got to keep it pretty careful. We’re kind of being watched right now.”
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Lamb was referring to the suspension assessed to forward Daniel Dale for instigating what turned into a multiple-fight situation near the end of Swift Current’s 7-2 loss to the Spokane Chiefs.
Dale’s suspension turned out to be two games.
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As though the loss to Spokane wasn’t painful enough for the home team, Lamb went down briefly with an upper-body injury. A deflected pass in the neutral zone sent the puck into the Broncos’ bench, hitting Lamb in the right ear. Lamb went off for repairs and, three stitches later, was back on the bench, little the worse for wear.
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With three wins in their last five games, the Broncos (12-13-3-2) entered Wednesday’s game in Kelowna with 29 points and tied with Moose Jaw for second in the East.
Tuesday’s 2-1 heartbreaking loss to the Kamloops Blazers kicked off a six-game road swing for the Broncos. Bad news as both Josh Derko and Levi Bews went down with what looked to be serious injuries. Their statuses were not known at presstime.
The Broncos play tonight against the Vancouver Giants, Saturday against the Victoria Royals and Tuesday against the Prince George Cougars to wrap up the B.C. portion of the trip. From Prince George, they’ll head straight to Saskatoon for a Dec. 14 match with the Blades before returning home Dec. 16.
“We’re learning slowly how to win and it just doesn’t come overnight,” Lamb said before the Kamloops game. “It’s really hard to explain and a lot of people don’t understand it, but there’s steps that you have to take. Everybody wants to win but you don’t just win.
“I see a lot of progression on our team. What we need to do is we need to go in and we need to beat a top team. That’s another part of this progression. And we haven’t done that yet. Until we do that we’re just going to keep going like (we have).”
Broncos’ Milestone Watch
*up to and including games of Dec. 4
• Coda Gordon: two games from 100 for his career;
• Reece Scarlett: three points from 100 for his career;
• Daniel Dale: six games from 100 for his WHL career;
• Adam Lowry: six games from 200 for his WHL career; nine assists from 100 for his WHL career;
• Chance Lund: 11 games from 300 for his WHL career;
• Dillon Heatherington: 12 games from 100 for his WHL career.

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