Finally… after eight games covering two provinces and more than 6,000 kilometres… the Rebels returned to the friendly confines of the Enmax Centrium. Not only were they looking to gain ground on Brandon for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Rebels were also hoping to avoid being swept by Swift Current in their four game season series.
After holding off an early Rebels charge, the Broncos would open the scoring in this one. Josh Derko put one in off of Deven Dubyk for his 8th of the season at 6:42.
A number of great scoring chances came for both teams following that goal but both Dubyk and Jon Groenheyde did well to shut the door. Alex Petrovic nailed Andy Blanke with a massive open ice hit. That led to a scrum and eventually a tussle between Devan Fafard and Adam Smith. The first period would end 1-0 in favour of the Broncos. Swift Current out shot Red Deer in the opening frame 15-11.
It would remain 1-0 for speedy creek until 11:23 of the second period. With Petrovic in the sin bin for tripping, Broncos Captain Taylor Vause scored his 35th goal of the season. Coda Gordon was right in the face of Deven Dubyk providing quite an effective screen. Brad Hoban and Richard Nedomlel with the assists on the goal. The Rebels would try their best to score on Groenheyde before the end of the period but to no avail. Swift Current took their 2-0 lead into the second intermission. Shots were 18-10 for the Rebels in the period, 29-25 through two periods.
The Broncos would make it 3-0 while on another powerplay late in the third period. Dylan Heatherington scored just his second career WHL goal with Hoban and Daulton Reum earning the assists. Swift Current’s stellar powerplay with another solid outing going 2 for 2 on the night.
Rebels would pull Dubyk for an extra attacker with five minutes remaining but it wouldn’t pay off. Hoban would score an empty-netter at 15:50, his 19th of the season. Ryon Moser and Heatherington with the assists. 4-0 was the final score as the Broncos finish off their season sweep of the Rebels. Final shots on goal 45-36 in favour of the Rebels (16-11 in the period).
MOLSON CUP THREE STARS
1. Groenheyde SC
2. Nedomlel SC
3. Persson SC
The Rebels are right back on home ice on Saturday night as the Saskatoon Blades visit the Enmax Centrium. Game time 7:30pm with tickets available through Ticketmaster.