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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 13:00

Broncos enjoy first sell-out since 2010

Written by  Brad Brown, Broncos' Notebook
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Saturday’s regular season finalé at the Credit Union iplex was the first sold-out crowd announced by the Swift Current Broncos since March 13, 2010.


That night they went to a shootout and beat the Moose Jaw Warriors 4-3 in their home finale and second-last game of the year.
The sellout boosted the Broncos’ total season attendance to 78,411 for an average of 2,178 per game.
This is down one per cent from last season’s 2,204 average but still up two per cent from 2010-11’s 2,137 average, and with the advantage over both seasons of having additional playoff revenue yet to come.
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The last time the Broncos won a playoff series was March 29, 2008, when they beat the Regina Pats 5-2 at the Credit Union iplex in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal.
Dale Weise scored twice for the Broncos and Geordie Wudrick got the game winner while Travis Yonkman made 28 saves for the win.
Swift Current’s last playoff win came almost exactly one year later on March 27, 2009.
That night the Broncos beat Medicine Hat 5-3 — also at the iplex — on the strength of Cody Eakin’s hat trick and Yonkman’s 34 saves.
The win gave Swift Current a 3-2 lead in that best-of-seven conference quarterfinal but the Tigers rallied to win the next two and end the Broncos’ post-season run.
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Prior to last weekend’s home-and-home with the Regina Pats, the Broncos called up prospect forward Dakota Odgers, defenceman Zack Gonek and goaltender Travis Child for the remainder of the season.
Odgers dressed for both games — his seventh and eighth of the season with Swift Current — while Gonek and Child were scratches for both.
Odgers started the season with the Broncos before requesting to be sent back to the Yorkton Harvest of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League where he finished second on his team with 47 points and fifth in the league with 35 assists.
Yorkton lost in the first round of playoffs to the Regina Pat Canadians.
Gonek had the St. Albert Raiders’ only goal in their season-ending Game 4 loss to Lloydminster in the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League division semifinals.
And Child made one start and a relief appearance for Camrose in the opening round of Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey League playoffs, stopping 53 of 55 shots in 67 minutes of work.

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