Realty One

Saturday, May 5, 2018


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Swift Current, SK: The 2018 Rogers WHL Championship Series kicked off on Friday night at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex and it was the Everett Silvertips that escaped with a 2-1 nod over the Swift Current Broncos in a tight Game 1.

The contest began with both squads not giving an inch to one another in terms of quality scoring chances. Instead, it was physical and tight checking for the first 10 minutes before a soldout crowd.

Broncos forward Beck Malenstyn received a two minute penalty for kneeing and the Silvertips took advantage as forward Patrick Bajkov streaked to the net and buried his 14th of the postseason 25 seconds into the Tips' man advantage.

The Broncos piled on shots in the dying moments of the opening frame but trailed the Silvertips 1-0 after 20 minutes despite owning a 14-9 edge in shots.

In the second, Swift Current received a four-on-three power play chance when Silvertips' Garrett Pilon got a two-minute minor tripping seconds after coincidental minors were handed out to both teams.

Florida Panthers prospect Aleksi Heponiemi and the Broncos power play unit created scoring chance after scoring chance and were finally awarded as the penalty expired. Broncos forward Matteo Gennaro released a low shot towards the Silvertips goal with Heponiemi redirecting it low by the left pad of Everett netminder Carter Hart to knot it 1-1.

Connor Dewar scored the go-ahead goal 1:49 into the third period when he tipped in his 10th of the postseason by Broncos goaltender Stuart Skinner to place the home team down 2-1.

Swift Current called a timeout with 1:57 left in regulation to get refueled for the final stretch. The club pulled Skinner with two minutes left to go and produced a couple scoring chances with the extra attacker but couldn't solve Tips netminder Hart in a 2-1 defeat.

Shots on goal were 35-25 in favour of Swift Current. Everett went 1/2 on the power play while Swift Current was scoreless on their lone opportunity.

Game Two is right back on home ice on Saturday, May 5th. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm.



Anonymous said...

It's never good to lose the first game of a series. After reading Scruffy's blog yesterday he comments like he knows something, which everyone knows is not the case.

The Silver Tips have been playing better defence consistently all season. They have the better goaltending and their coaching is top drawer. They know how to play defence and defensive system. That's something nobody is the east division knows how to do. Coaches in the east division don't know how to play defence. Brandon has had trouble in the past, the Pats couldn't do it, and it appears Swift can't either. This series may be over quicker than some thought. The Western Conference is superior in every way.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Scotty Bowman. Can you even name Everett’s head coach without google?

Andrew Wiens said...

A 2-1 loss makes you think the Broncos can’t play defence??? They have 4 shutouts this playoffs.

Anonymous said...

The Swift Current goon tactics continue. It’s finally catching up to them.

Anonymous said...

Did someone lose their soother?

Anonymous said...

Thanks Scott!

Anonymous said...

Imagine such a dull Memorial Cup if it's Everett, Regina, Hamilton and Blainville-Boisbriand-Armada

Anonymous said...

what a comeback by Swift Current Saturday night, saving their season