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Tuesday, 15 January 2013 14:47

Broncos roll over MJ Tuesday; Bow saves Broncos’ streak

Written by  Brad Brown, Broncos' Notebook
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The Swift Current Broncos ran their season-high winning streak to five games Tuesday with a 4-3 road win over the Moose Jaw Warriors.


They can thank Landon Bow for even having the chance to do so. Bow saved the day Saturday as the Broncos won their fourth in a row, 4-3 over the Calgary Hitmen at the Credit Union iplex.
The win didn’t come easy as starting goalie Eetu Laurikainen gave up three goals on eight shots after the Broncos built up a 2-0 first-period lead.
But Bow was flawless in relief, stopping all 12 Calgary shots over the final 28 minutes as Richard Nedomlel and Colby Cave scored to give Swift Current the win.
It was the second win over a division leader in as many nights for the Broncos, who beat the Prince Albert Raiders 3-1 the night before.
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The milestones, they are-a-falling.
Saturday’s game marked defenceman Reece Scarlett’s 250th WHL game, all with the Broncos, and Tuesday’s was over-age forward Chance Lund’s 300th.
Lund played his first 258 games with Seattle before being acquired by the Broncos in a pre-season trade.
For Nedomlel the current winning streak may be most memorable for his first-period goal in the Broncos’ 5-2 win over Red Deer on Jan. 9.
The low wrister through traffic marked his first goal since March 3, 2011, when he had Swift Current’s only goal in a 2-1 loss at Edmonton, and ended a 48-game goalless drought.
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Swift Current (22-20-3-2) is fifth in the WHL’s Eastern Conference, one point up on the Lethbridge Hurricanes entering tonight’s games.
As of Wednesday morning that also left them four points back of Red Deer for fourth and six back of the division-leading Prince Albert Raiders.
The Raiders and seventh-place Saskatoon Blades, however, will make up several games-in-hand on Swift Current as the Broncos play just once in the next week, Saturday at the Regina Pats. Then they’ll return to the iplex for a three-game homestand Jan. 25 against Regina, Jan. 26 against Moose Jaw and Jan. 30 against Calgary.
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Broncos captain Adam Lowry ran his point streak to 21 games with two goals Tuesday, becoming the league’s leading goal scorer in the process, but it was no sure thing he’d even have a chance to extend it past 18.
With 15 seconds to play Jan. 11 against the Raiders he had yet to register a point. But Lowry managed to poke the puck off a faceoff to Coda Gordon, who fed it to Cave for an empty-net goal and a streak-saving assist for Lowry.
Cave has also been lighting it up of late, a product of his promotion to the top line after Chance Lund was injured before Christmas. He joined Lowry and Coda Gordon on the top line for the Broncos’ Dec. 16 game against the Kootenay Ice and has posted five goals and seven assists in the 11 games since.
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Cave has also been lighting it up of late, a product of his promotion to the top line after Chance Lund was injured before Christmas. Cave joined Lowry and Coda Gordon on the top line for the Broncos’ Dec. 16 game against the Kootenay Ice and has posted five goals and seven assists in the 10 games since.
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Tuesday was a good day on an individual level for several other Broncos too, as Laurikainen, Cave, defenceman Dillon Heatherington and new acquisition Jay Merkley were ranked by the NHL’s Central Scouting Services in the mid-season rankings.
Heatherington and Merkley, both 17 and in their first year of draft eligibility, were ranked 44th and 111th respectively among North American skaters.
Cave, playing out his 18-year-old season, was listed 140th among North American skaters. Laurikainen, 19, is 20th among North American goalies.

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