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Wednesday, 19 December 2012 15:13

Black triggers teddy bears’ picnic against Ice

Written by  Brad Brown, Broncos' Notebook
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It was one of the usual suspects who made it rain ursine Sunday at the Credit Union iplex. Swift Current Broncos centre Graham Black scored his 15th goal of the season 59 seconds into the second period, sparking a deluge of teddy bears and other winter essentials on Teddy Bear, Toque and Mitt Toss night.


Black’s goal stood up as the game winner too as the Broncos went on to a 4-0 win over the Kootenay Ice.
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With Edmonton Oilers’ draft pick Samu Perhonen injured late last week, Broncos rookie highlight reel Eetu Laurikainen is one of three goalies remaining on Finland’s roster for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.
According to a report Monday from Finland’s national news agency, Laurikainen is still a dark horse to make the team, but he is also the only 19-year-old left.
Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick Joonas Korpisalo is considered the frontrunner for the starting job, leaving Laurikainen to battle for backup duties with Janne Juvonen.
The world juniors run Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Ufa, Russia.
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Broncos prospect Wyatt Sloboshan returned to action Dec. 13 for the Saskatoon Contacts, after suffering a torn MCL at the U16 Challenge Cup the first week in November.
Sloboshan, picked 54th overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, was held pointless in his first Sask. Midget AAA Hockey League game since Oct. 27. But the 15-year-old rookie picked up Saturday where he left off before the injury with three points in a 6-2 win over the Beardy’s Blackhawks.
Despite playing only half his team’s games so far, Sloboshan is still fifth on the Contacts with 16 points.
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Of the Broncos’ 34 remaining games, 19 are against East Division opponents and 15 are against Central Division opponents.
Among those teams, five have won games than they’ve lost while six have lost more than they’ve won.
Swift Current is 3-16 (wins and total losses) against teams currently sporting winning records, 12-6 so far against teams with losing records, 9-9 against East Division opponents and 0-7 against the Central Division.
The Broncos’ next game is Dec. 28 at the Credit Union iplex against the Medicine Hat Tigers. They’ll wrap up the home-and-home Dec. 29 in the Gas City before hosting the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Jan. 1.
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Milestone Watch
*Up to and including games of Dec. 21:
• Reece Scarlett —nine games from 250 for his WHL career;
• Adam Lowry —six assists from 100 for his WHL career;
• Chance Lund —seven games from 300 for his WHL career;
• Dillon Heatherington —six games from 100 for his WHL career.

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