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Swift Current back in playoffs for first time in three years Subhead: First WHL playoffs for Moser, Reum, many others

Written by  Brad Brown
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With over 250 Western Hockey League games to his credit, Swift Current Broncos winger Ryon Moser is eagerly awaiting the chance to play the role of untested rookie all over again.


The Broncos (34-29-3-4) clinched their first playoff berth in three years March 8 with a 2-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors.
The games will be Moser’s first in the WHL postseason after missing the dance with Lethbridge his first two years in the league and last season with the Broncos.
“I like the feeling of do-or-die hockey,” he said. “It’s exciting. It’s something that I look forward to, especially as we’re 20 years old this is our last year and we want to make it count.”
Moser will be far from the only Bronco seeing the playoffs for the first time.
Only two of his current teammates - not counting the injured Brent Benson, whose season appears to be over - have any WHL playoff experience, and neither of them have won a playoff game since coming into the league.
(Adam Lowry and Reece Scarlett were part of the 2009-10 Broncos team that was swept in the first round by Brandon.)
Additionally, this year’s playoffs will mark their first postseason games for any Bronco at the Credit Union iplex. Swift Current played its home playoff games in 2010 at Regina’s Brandt Centre due to Swift’s host duties for the World Women’s Curling Championship.
“The only way to get (playoff experience) is to get in there,” said Broncos head coach Mark Lamb. “I don’t know if that’s a disadvantage. You’d like guys that have gone all the way and won stuff but that’s not realistic.
“We’re happy to be there. We haven’t been there the last couple years, we were building this franchise, and this is just part of the build.”
The counterpoint of course is that the Broncos, as some under-the-radar teams have been known to do, will feel no pressure at all.
“Everyone’s pretty laid back I’d say,” said over-age defenceman Dalton Reum. “We’re a bunch of confident guys. We’re not cocky, but we’re confident in our ability and we think we can make a run at this thing and maybe come in as a dark horse.”
Not that these guys don’t know how to win.
Moser, for example, was a key piece of the Calgary Buffaloes’ run to the Telus Cup national midget AAA championship game in 2009.
And Reum helped his former team win the Rural Alberta Midget Hockey League title as a 15-year-old in 2008.
“It’s definitely not as high as this level … but I think it’s not so much playoff experience,” he said. “It’s just doing what it takes to win and I think we’ve got a good bunch of guys to do that.”
As of Wednesday morning, the Broncos were still mathematically capable of finishing anywhere from fifth through eighth, leaving their first-round opponent and schedule very much up in the air.
With the top four seeds in the Eastern Conference all locked down, the possibilities included top-ranked Edmonton, second-place Saskatoon, third-seed Calgary and fourth-place Red Deer.
Swift Current posted a combined 8-12 win-loss record against those teams this year, with three wins each coming against Saskatoon and Calgary.
The Broncos close their regular season with a home-and-home against the Regina Pats starting tonight at the Brandt Centre. The home finale goes Saturday at the Credit Union iplex. Game time is 7 p.m.

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