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Thursday, 10 January 2013 11:24

Lowry Reich-ing for a huge Broncos’ milestone

Written by  Brad Brown
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Move over Cody Eakin.
See ya later Layne Ulmer. Buh-bye Tyler Redenbach, Jeremy Williams and Ben Ondrus.


Swift Current Broncos captain Adam Lowry has passed them all.
With two goals Saturday in Swift Current’s 3-2 win at Lethbridge, Lowry did something no Bronco had done in more than 13 years — score at least one point in 17 straight games.
“I wanted to be a leader on this team not only in the dressing room but on the ice and especially in the offensive category,” said Lowry, seventh in the league as of Tuesday with 56 points.
“You can never really expect to go on a roll like I have been on lately, but it’s been nice. I’ve really wanted to step up this year and lately it feels like my hard work is paying off.”
The last Bronco to go at least 17 straight games with a point was Jeremy Reich, who found the scoresheet in 23 straight to open the 1999-2000 season.
In fact, since Reich’s streak began, only six other Broncos (including Lowry) have compiled point streaks of more than a dozen games.
“We had a pretty good power play with Layne, myself and Lawrence Nycholat … who had a pretty good pro career as well, which really helped out,” Reich recalled Sunday. “You knew we would score one or two on the power play a night so if you’re on the power play first unit, which is usually scoring one or two a night, you’re bound to get some assists and goals...but you have to get bounces and get lucky too.”
Lowry would concur.
Entering Wednesday’s game against Red Deer his streak — which started modestly enough with two assists Nov. 27 against Brandon — has totalled 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points.
Along the way he’s had two hat tricks (one natural), two four-point nights, his 100th career assist, been named the WHL’s player of the month for December and helped the Broncos to their first three-game winning streak of the season. Overall, the team has won nine of 17 during Lowry’s streak.
“Any time you’re going to have something like this happen you’re going to need a lot of luck,” said Lowry.
“I’ve had a few goals go in off my feet, and a few goals where the goalie just misplayed the puck or I’ve had some fortuitous bounces, so you have to attribute a lot to luck and then a lot to your linemates and other teammates.”
The list goes on.
There’s his recovery from a broken wrist suffered last December. Lowry was unable to comfortably shoot a puck until July and scaphoid fractures can take up to a year to fully heal, even after the cast is off.
There’s the Broncos’ second-ranked power play, of which Lowry is the main driver.
And there’s the barrage of recent injuries to the Broncos’ forwards which has forced Lowry to play an even bigger role than usual.
The Broncos have dressed 11 forwards in nine of their last 12 games and Lowry has picked up most of the extra ice time, often alongside some very raw rookies.
“We’ve hung in with some pretty good teams lately and that’s with missing a full line and your starting goalie and one of the premier 16-year-olds in the league, and once we get those pieces back it should allow us to go on a roll,” said Lowry.
Reich’s streak came to an end Nov. 20, 1999 at home against the Brandon Wheat Kings. Over that time, he scored five goals and posted 28 assists for 33 points.
Only Redenbach (36 points) and Ulmer (38) have had more prolific streaks since then.
“I had a good night in Seattle when I scored six goals in one game (in 1997 against Tri-City), and then the streak in Swift Current, those are definitely two of my biggest moments in junior hockey,” said Reich, who is now the assistant coach and assistant general manager for the AJHL’s Canmore Eagles.
“I was playing with a pretty good linemate in Layne Ulmer, who I think had 50 goals that year, so I give 75 or 80 per cent of the credit to him. But … it’s definitely one of the highlights of my junior career.”

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