The Home Hardware Midget AAA Legionnaires looked back to their regular selves Sunday at Fairview West, as they dominated the visiting Prince Albert Mintos in a 5-1 win.
Previously at 3-6-0-1 in 2019 after a strong surge to start the season, Swift Current leapt back in the win column in a reassuring way.
"I really liked our team today. We've been a little bit up and down, and we needed a good game liked this," said head coach Darren Evjen. " What I liked about it is we took ownership and we needed to be better. We knew we care and want to win, but that's not enough. You've got to buy in and you've got to play the right way."
Swift Current pour a couple in the back of the net in the first period, as both Logan Linklater and Mason Strutt gave the Legionnaires the 2-0 lead after 20.
Swift Current Broncos prospect Dawson Springer chipped into the Legionnaires lead, as he scored the Mintos' lone goal four-and-a-half minutes into the second.
Christian Albertson then put Swift Current back up by two on a short-handed strike three minutes later.
Albertson then scored his second of the game with 6:42 left in the middle frame.
Linklater scored the game's final goal with 51 seconds left in the second on the power play in the resounding victory.
The Kindersley-born rookie led the way at the offensive end with two goals and an assist.
"Some of those 17-year-olds want to carry the train, and we need guys like that. Sometimes, it's as important for an '03 to come in and try to help is team out - I thought it was important that I came out and played good, and it all just worked out."
Jacob Herman shone between the pipes as part of the collective team effort, making 19 saves on 20 Mintos shots.
"Guys did a great job and stuck with it. It's not easy - when you're not playing good, it's easy to go the other way, but these guys stuck with it, and they deserve a lot credit," said Evjen.
The Legionnaires now sit in sole possession of third place, and are now two points up of the Mintos, with three games also in hand.
"Standings aside, and we always want to move up and that, I thought it was about our group playing together and playing the right way," noted Evjen. "They feel good about what they've done, and that's important. The biggest win for us was the way we won, the way we competed on and off the puck."
"It's getting down to the wire here, so we've got to get some distance between the teams we're right close with," added Linklater. "We're in a slump right now. We all knew this game was huge, we're all [mad] from the last few games, we're slumping right now. We needed to just come out, play hard, and play our game."
Up next for the Legionnaires is a Thursday night contest in Notre Dame against the Argos.
"We've got to stick with it, make sure we're playing a hard and heavy game, and just stay with it," said Evjen. "The Argos, that's what they'll do - they'll get to the net, they're not easy. They've popped some teams in Notre Dame, so we've got to be ready."
Puck drop in that game is 8 p.m. from Duncan McNeill Arena in Wilcox.