Game Preview: Broncos head to Calgary for Sunday matinee

Calgary, Alta. – The Swift Current Broncos (2-2-0-0) put on a strong performance against the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday night, but found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-1 score. The team hopes to have a similar performance with a better ending on Sunday afternoon as they travel to play the Calgary Hitmen (0-2-0-0) at 2:00.

Josh Davies gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play on Friday, scoring his first goal of the season from the slot 7:35 into the game.

Edmonton would pull even at the 10:50 mark of the second period when Eric Johnston’s shot was tipped off a stick to the front of the net for Jacob Boucher to redirect in. The Oil Kings ramped up the pressure in the second period, outshooting the Broncos 17-5.

Early in the third period Chase Lacombe was given a five-minute major for checking to the head, but a solid job by the Broncos penalty kill limited Edmonton to just one goal on the five-minute power play with Simon Kubicek putting Edmonton up 2-1.

Swift Current had numerous chances to score as the game went on, but Detroit Red Wings 2021 first rounder Sebastian Cossa shut the door to give Edmonton the 2-1 win. Isaac Poulter turned in another sterling performance by turning aside 35 of 37 Oil Kings shots.

The Hitmen have been off since last Sunday when they fell 4-1 at home to the Lethbridge Hurricanes. It was a tough opening weekend for Calgary as they lost both games to Lethbridge, including a 9-2 loss on opening night.

Calgary has graduated a number of their top players since the Broncos last saw them in January of 2020, with players like Mark Kastelic, Jett Woo, Carson Focht, Riley Stotts and Egor Zamula having moved on.

Normally a more veteran team, Calgary’s roster features four 16-year-olds and five 17-year-olds as of this weekend. They also have three 20-year-olds, but could potentially have defenceman Jackson van de Leest return for a fifth year in Calgary as he’s currently the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms trying to earn a roster spot.

It’s been 634 days since the Broncos last played against Calgary as the final two meetings of the 2019-20 season were cancelled. The Broncos had a 1-2-0-0 record against the Hitmen that season.

Sunday begins a stretch of four straight and six of eight games on the road for Swift Current. Next weekend the Broncos will be in Brandon and Winnipeg on Saturday and Sunday before a Tuesday night game in Medicine Hat. Swift Current then returns home to host the Hitmen on October 22.

Season Series

October 10, 2021 – Broncos @ Hitmen 2:00

October 22, 2021 – Broncos vs Hitmen 7:00

November 12, 2021 – Broncos vs Hitmen 7:00

January 21, 2022 – Broncos vs Hitmen 7:00

January 30, 2022 – Broncos @ Hitmen 4:00 MST

March 27, 2022 – Broncos @ Hitmen 2:00 MDT

April 1, 2022 – Broncos vs Hitmen 7:00

April 3, 2022 – Broncos @ Hitmen 2:00 MDT

Leading Scorers

Swift Current Broncos

Player Goals Assists Points
Josh Filmon 2 1 3
Mathew Ward 1 2 3
Raphael Pelletier 1 1 2

Calgary Hitmen 

Player Goals Assists Points
Adam Kydd 1 1 2
Luke Prokop 1 0 1
David Adaszynski 1 0 1

Special Teams 

Swift Current Broncos

Powerplay Penalty Kill
11.1 (2/18) 77.8 (14/18)

Calgary Hitmen

Powerplay Penalty Kill
14.3 (1/7) 55.6 (5/9)
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