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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

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.

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game