Bron­cos find ways to score against Oil Kings

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The Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos found a way to score as they broke out of a five-game los­ing streak on Satur­day. Af­ter be­ing shut out in their past two games, the Bron­cos scored twice from bad an­gles and banked an­other puck off a de­fender dur­ing a 3-2 win over the vis­it­ing Ed­mon­ton Oil Kings.

“It for sure felt good,” said de­fense­man Matthew Stan­ley, who re­turned to the line-up from ill­ness. “Noth­ing bet­ter than win­ning on a Satur­day night in front of the crowd here. It felt great for me to get back in the line-up for sure.”

The Bron­cos had been held off the score­board in three of their pre­vi­ous four games. Head coach Dean Brock­man said it was sat­is­fy­ing to see a few ugly ones go in.

“It is be­cause you just don’t know when you’re go­ing to score the next one,” said Brock­man. “I thought we did a good job of just throw­ing pucks in pretty good spots. If you can do that you’re go­ing to get sec­ond op­por­tu­ni­ties and we found a way to get some goals.”

The Bron­cos fired 10 shots on goal in the open­ing pe­riod and were re­warded when An­drew Fyten scored with only 13.7 sec­ond re­main­ing in the pe­riod.

Fyten took ad­van­tage of a turnover in the cor­ner and walked out front unim­peded be­fore sneak­ing a back­hand past Bos­ton Bilous for his fifth goal of the sea­son.

The two teams com­bined for four goals in a fast-paced sec­ond pe­riod. Rookie Ben King dou­bled the Bron­cos lead when his power play slap shot de­flected home 3:53 into the mid­dle stanza. Ed­mon­ton scored goals 2:01 apart from Brett Kemp and Ethan Cap to tie the game. Max Pat­ter­son scored a back­hand goal while par­tially be­hind the goal line to re­store the Bron­cos lead only 15 sec­onds af­ter Capp had tied the game on the power play.

Bron­cos rookie Isaac Poul­ter im­proved to 2-5-0-0 with 31 saves, in­clud­ing a des­per­a­tion save off of David Kope with 3:30 left in the game. Bilous took the loss with 19 saves to fall to 3–4-0-1.

Swift Cur­rent im­proved to 4-18-1-0, while Ed­mon­ton fell to 14–9-2-2.

“I think more im­por­tantly than the re­sults, we’ve been trust­ing the process and play­ing our game well to our iden­tity,” ex­plained Fyten. “It’s nice to get a re­sult tonight, a good out­come for us.”

The over­age for­ward seemed to have a lit­tle ex­tra jump in his step.

“We’ve only played two games in two weeks, so that re­ally helps with the jump in that part of the game. I’m just try­ing to play the same way ev­ery night, play a hard twoway game and I think I did that tonight,” said Fyten.

“I think we’re not the most skilled team. We’ve just got to get pucks to the net, grind, work as hard as we can, and even­tu­ally they’ll start go­ing in,” said Stan­ley.

“Yeah we’re a greasy team. We’re not go­ing to score too many pretty goals. We’re go­ing to score a lot of sec­ond op­por­tu­nity goals, greasy goals in and around the net, so that’s good,” added Fyten.

Two of the Bron­cos’ four wins have come over Ed­mon­ton with one game re­main­ing in the sea­son se­ries.

“I’m not sure what hap­pens there. We’ve just been play­ing good against them and been com­ing out with the win. We just have to do that when we go there now,” said Stan­ley.

“I’m not too sure, maybe they just don’t like com­ing in here. We ran them over pretty good tonight, which is good for us,” said Fyten.

Stan­ley was play­ing in his first game since Nov. 3.

“I was re­ally ex­cited. The bron­chi­tis I had just took a lit­tle bit out of me and I missed a few games there. I’m happy to be back with the boys and prac­tic­ing and it’s good.”

The Bron­cos have three games this week, in­clud­ing a road trip to Leth­bridge to visit the Hur­ri­canes on Fri­day. The Bron­cos will also host the Bran­don Wheat Kings on Satur­day for their an­nual Pat­ti­son Agri­cul­ture Teddy Bear Toss.

The Bron­cos will also host the Cana­dian Hockey League’s top team on Wed­nes­day when Marc Hab­scheid and the Prince Al­bert Raiders visit the In­no­va­tion Credit Union iplex. The Bron­cos lost the only pre­vi­ous meet­ing 6-2 in Prince Al­bert.

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos’ over­age for­ward Tan­ner Nagel (right) cut through the Ed­mon­ton Oil Kings de­fense dur­ing a 3-2 win on Satur­day.

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