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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 15:58

Many happy returns Wednesday for Broncos

Written by  Brad Brown, Broncos' Notebook
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The Swift Current Broncos were expecting a trio of happy returns in Wednesday’s game against the Calgary Hitmen.


Gritty winger Levi Bews was to see game action for the first time since Dec. 28 after going down with a leg injury.
Coda Gordon was eligible to return from a two-game suspension.
And starting goalie Eetu Laurikainen was also tabbed to start after sitting out Saturday’s loss to Moose Jaw. Laurikainen was sidelined for the game after getting run over by Chandler Stephenson late in the Broncos’ 5-4 overtime win Jan. 25 over the Regina Pats.
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Gordon, the Broncos’ second-leading scorer, was handed a two-game suspension for a hit from behind on Regina defenceman Luke Fenske in the Broncos’ 2-1 win Jan. 19.
Fenske didn’t miss a game and was in the lineup for the return match Jan. 25.
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One streak that remained intact last weekend was defenceman Reece Scarlett’s career-high five-game point streak.
He extended it with a goal and an assist against Moose Jaw and entered the Calgary game one point away from tying his single-month best for points as a junior.
Scarlett now has 18 points in his last 19 games and is 18th among all WHL defencemen with 30 points on the season.
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The Broncos were the East Division’s best team through the middle third of the season, picking up 14 wins in 24 games.
The Saskatoon Blades and division-leading Prince Albert Raiders were second with 13 wins each, while Regina and Moose Jaw brought up the rear with eight and six wins respectively.
Swift Current had 24 wins in its first 50 games — the same total it had in 2009-10, Mark Lamb’s first year as head coach and general manager, when the Broncos went on to win 37 games and finish seventh in the Eastern Conference.
“That first year we had a lot of character and some young guys that were learning, but I think this team’s a lot better than that,” said Lamb. “We have better goaltending and some young guys that have went through (the tough times).”

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