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Laurikainen makes 39 saves as the Broncos down the Ice 5-2

Saturday, 10.27.2012 / 12:34 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Laurikainen makes 39 saves as the Broncos down the Ice 5-2

CRANBROOK, B.C. - Eetu Laurikainen stopped 39-of-41 shots, earning the game's first star, as the Swift Current Broncos downed the host Kootenay Ice 5-2 on Friday in Western Hockey League action.

Laurikainen was at his best in the opening period as he turned away 25-of-26 shots in the opening 20 minutes to help his club jump out to an early 3-1 lead.

Levi Bews, Chance Lund, Colby Cave, Reece Scarlett and Dillon Heatherington all scored for the Broncos (6-6-4) while Richard Nedomlel chipped in with two assists.

Jon Martin and Levi Cable scored for the Ice (4-9-0), who lost their fourth game in a row.

Mackenzie Skapski made 20 saves in a losing effort.

Swift Current went 2-for-3 on the power play while Kootenay scored once on seven chances with the man advantage.

Quote of the Day

You know what? We've played in some pretty special buildings along this playoff run so far. You start in Detroit, you go to Montreal, you come here … I think it's the first team to beat three Original Six teams to get to the Final if I'm not mistaken. That says how tough the road has been. Those are tough places to win.

— Lightning forward Steven Stamkos after Game 7 win vs. Rangers on Friday in New York