No, I don't mean Hooray!, far from it.
Hoorah - the Everett Silvertips goal celebration as the team gathers on the bench for the U.S. Marine style cheer.
Hoorah for nothing.
Wow. The 'Tips made a believer out of me and probably most Bronco fans tonight as they showed what they're all about in a 6-0 win over the Broncos to kick-off the weekend.
What a powerplay - Peter Mueller is a world class player and showed why when qaurterbacking the powerplay with unmatched talent in this league. His night 1g 3a - all on the PP as the Tips scored four of their six markers on the man advantage. Their 5th goal of the game simply was a thing of beauty. After Daniel Rakos showed off his Atom hockey clearing attempt, Peter "The Great" as they call him in Everett, faked a shot from the point, dipped his shoulder and went one way , then came back with speed to the far circle before lazering a pass to the side of the goal to Zach Hamill who then went cross-crease to Ondrej Fiala, good night, game over, drive home safely.
The Broncos can beat themselves up all they want but let's face it, there's only one team in the WHL that can give Everett a consistent challenge - the mighty Giants in Vancouver. Why don't they start playing the Western Conference Final right now? They WILL be there anyways.
Leland Irving was tested somewhat in the Silvertips' goal. His best save came late in the third as he dove across the crease with the glove on his back side to swipe a puck from mid-air to rob Kyle Bortis of a sure goal.
Kyle Moir had an off-night. Mueller's goal on the PP knuckled by him. Dailey's shorthanded marker should have been stopped as well. There wasn't one "Great save Moir!" from our broadcast tonight.
Hey I'm a big Bronco fan and their "homer" broadcaster but Everett was a treat to watch tonight. I wish we could see them more but not for the sake of the Broncos.
The only negative I have to say about the 'Tips is what was Head Coach Kevin Constantine thinking tonight?? Honestly I've never seen that. He's up 6-cobb in the 3rd period and he's giving it to referee Nathan Wieler. Hey Kudos to Wheels for tossing him after first giving him a bench minor minutes earlier. I know Nathan "18" Wieler away from the game a little and he's good official - one of the best, great guy too. It takes a strong referee to toss Constantine but he did it. It was one a few reactions from our crowd tonight. Could anyone else hear the crickets??
The best part of my night came when Stampeder die-hard Darrell Moir (Kyle's dad) came to pay his debt in the post-game show for our little Riders/Stampeders bet for the West Semi-final. Thanks for the $5 bucks Darrell. You're a good sport.
p.s. Broncos and Blades Saturday night on the Eagle 94.1 FM. Pre-game show begins at 7pm, play-by-play at 7:30pm