Whitecap Resources Midget A Broncos claim provincial banner
The Swift Current Whitecap Resources Midget A Broncos capped a strong playoff run with a Saskatchewan Hockey Association Midget A championship banner.
Swift Current won game two on home ice on Sunday by a 5-3 count over the Warman Wildcats, erasing a one goal deficit and winning the two-game, total goal series by an 8-7 margin.
Aaron Toews scored his second goal of the third period with 13:16 left in regulation to count the goal which stood up as the series clinching marker for the Broncos.
Swift Current had taken a 3-1 first period advantage on goals from Nikhil Pool, Nathan Levac and Leighton Dyck to build a 6-5 series lead.
Warman refused to give up quietly, scoring the lone goal of the middle period to tie the series, and they again responded to tie the series at 7-7 after Swift Current had scored three minutes into the final period.
Broncos goaltender Kyle Roosen earned the win in net by turning aside 16 of 19 shots.
Swift Current held a 43-19 edge in shots on Sunday, and the Broncos also had a wide shots on goal margin in the opening game but ended up on the losing end of a 4-3 game in Warman.
Swift Current advanced to the championship series with an opening round 6-5 win over Estevan, with the Broncos dropping a 5-4 decision on home ice before posting a 2-0 shutout in Estevan. In the South Final the Broncos earned an 11-7 series victory over Prairie Storm, winning the series opener 6-1 before dropping game two of the twogame, total-goal series by a 6-5 count on the road.
Coach Wade Lacher was proud of the determination his team showed during the entire playoff run, and especially overcoming the adversity of being behind in the provincial championship.
“The boys played awesome in Warman on Friday night. We outshot them, outplayed them, just didn’t score. Today the puck went in the net for us and we’re champions,” Lacher said after the championship game.
“The boys they had confidence in themselves. They knew going into this they were the better team. They were down coming home, but they really believed that they were the better team and they were going to win today. And they played like that. We got a lot of pucks on net, and when you do that good things happen.”
He agreed the championship banner was a nice reward for the players on the ice for their last ever Minor Hockey game.
“We have a lot of third year midgets on this team. I’m so happy for them to go out on top like this. They earned it. They played hard. And it was fun to watch them.”
Lacher also saluted the fans for their part in their playoff run, as they enjoyed loud home ice support during their last two home ice wins.
“We had a lot of support here from parents, family, friends. I didn’t even imagine that for a Midget A hockey game that we would put as many people in this rink that we did. It was fun. And it was like that too in Game One against Prairie Storm, we had a lot of fans and it was loud in here and it really helped the kids and boosted them.”
The Swift Current Whitecap Resources Midget A Broncos were all smiles after claiming the Saskatchewan Hockey Association Midget A championship banner after a hard fought series with Warman.