What a debut it was for newly acquired forward Ryan Graham on Tuesday night Date Night at the Credit Union i-Plex. The 20-year-old forward recorded four points (1g-3a) against his former Blades squad in a 5-1 victory for Swift Current.
“We definitely clicked right off the bat,” said Graham when referring to his line mates. “They’re great players. A lot of credit goes to them. They were making really great plays out there and making it easy for me.”
The Broncos struck first on the power play midway through the first period. Ryan Graham found Lane Pederson on a nice no look pass and he snapped in his 12th goal of the season for a 1-0 lead.
Graham then got in on the goal scoring action by burying his first career Bronco goal late in the period and this time, it was Pederson who set him up for the goal.
The Broncos offence kicked into high gear in the second period. Tyler Steenbergen netted his 17th goal of the year after stripping Blades defenceman Jantzen Leslie of the puck in front of the Blades net. The goal was unassisted and came 3:24 into the frame.
Just over a minute later, Kaden Elder received a nice pass from Graham to the high slot and he roofed his third of the season to increase the Bronco lead to 4-0.
Graham and Pederson continued to display terrific on-ice vision as they both picked up their third assists of the night in setting up Steenbergen for his second of the night and team leading 18th of the season. Graham made a terrific saucer pass over to Steenbergen near the Blades cage and he made no mistake putting it in the back of the net.
The Broncos owned a commanding 5-0 lead through 40 minutes of play even though the shots on goal were 20 apiece.
Broncos netminder Travis Child was terrific, stopping 27 consecutive shots before Blades forward Logan Christensen scored on a power play with 1:01 remaining in the third period. Child finished the night with a solid 30 save performance as the Broncos cruised to a 5-1 victory.
Shots on goal were 31-30 in favour of Saskatoon. Swift Current went 2/5 on the power play while Saskatoon wrapped up the night going 1/4 on the man advantage.
Next up for the Broncos is a three-game road trip beginning on Wednesday night when they head up north to have a date with the Prince Albert Raiders. Puck drop is at 7:00pm CT.