Laurikainen makes 35 saves in fourth career shutout
© Perry Bergson
Swift Current Broncos goaltender Eetu Laurikainen watches as Prince Albert Raiders forward Dakota Conroy attempts to pounce on a rebound during second period action at the Art Hauser Centre on Sunday evening. The Swift Current defenders in the background are (left to right) Colby Cave, Stephen Shmoorkoff and Dillon Heatherington. The Broncos won 7-0 with Laurikainen making 35 saves. For a slideshow from the game, see www.paherald.sk.ca Herald photos by Perry Bergson
The Swift Current Broncos snapped a three-game losing streak in a major way with a 7-0 road win over the Prince Albert Raiders Sunday.
Playing their third game in a third different city in as many nights, the Broncos got 35 saves from Eetu Laurikainen and two goal performances from Coda Gordon and Jay Merkley.
Laurikainen, 20, stopped all 35 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season to improve to 15-13-0-4 on the campaign.
The Broncos led 2-0 after one period on goals from Gordon and Merkley and then scored four second-period goals, despite being out-shot 16-8 in the middle stanza, for a 6-0 lead heading into the third period.
Dillon Heatherington scored the only goal of the third period to close the scoring. Gordon added two assists for a four-point outing and Nathan Burns added three assists and now has nine points in seven games since being acquired from Saskatoon.
Jake DeBrusk and Zac Mackay also scored for the Broncos, who scored all seven goals at even strength, failed to score on their only power play opportunity, and held Prince Albert without a goal on seven man-advantages.
Nick McBride made the start for Prince Albert and took the loss with four goals allowed on 19 shots over 42:32. Cole Cheveldave allowed three goals on seven shots in relief in front of 2,128 fans at the Art Hauser Centre.
The Broncos finished the weekend in fifth spot in the Eastern Conference with a 24-18-1-5 record. Prince Albert has fallen to ninth with a 22-22-2-0 record. Swift Current is now 4-1-0-0 against the Raiders with three games remaining in the season series.
The Broncos will be back at home Wednesday to host the Brandon Wheat Kings (25-17-4-0), who currently lead the East Division.