Thursday, January 25, 2007
Broncos/Chiefs Preview & Random Thoughts
Ok, we all know this isn't the Spokane Chiefs logo, but by all means it should be. Let's pay tribute to a classic hockey flick from 1977 that gave us so many great lines that will be quoted from hockey generation to generation. In fact, let's hear your best "Slapshot" quote, post it in the comments, but try to keep it clean. Here's mine:
[Referee skates over to Steve Carlson during the playing of the National Anthem] Referee: Got my eye on the three of you. You pull one thing, you're out of this game. I run a clean game here. I have any trouble here, I'll suspend ya.
Steve Hanson: I'm listening to the ******* song!
It's the Broncos and Chiefs later tonight at the Civic Center as the Broncos try to rebound following their first loss at the CC since December 15th. The Broncos were routed 7-2 Wednesday night by Regina as they catch the Spokane playing their last game through the east division. The Chiefs are 1-4 on their swing so far with losses in Brandon, Regina, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw with their lone win coming Wednesday night in Saskatoon.
This is the first and only meeting between the two clubs this season. So far the Broncos are 2-1 against teams from the U.S. division with wins over Portland and Seattle and a loss to Everett.
Make no mistake about it the Chiefs are a very dangerous team that is simply having problems on the swing. They have talent to watch out for tonight. Here's a quick sample.
Derek Ryan: 20 year-old forward with 41 points - tied for the team lead
Ondrej Roman (Czech) - 17 year-old future star also with 41 points
Michael Grabner (Austria) - Vancouver Canucks 1st round pick this past summer, 22 goals
Drayson Bowman - fresh off the top prospects game. Having a good season with 34 points
Justin Falk - draft eligible 6'5 225 pound defenseman the Chiefs are waiting on to get mean
J.P. Szaszkiewicz - you try saying that. How many z's are you allowed in a name anyways?
The Broncos welcome Levi Nelson back into the line-up tonight after he missed two games due to a suspension. Looks like Matt Tassone will be a ? after blocking a shot Wednesday. All other players with the exception of Kyle Bortis should be good to go.
It's game three of a five game homestand the Broncos have to make hay on. Two wins this weekend with Moose Jaw coming in Sunday night has to be the focus, anything less would be deemed a disappointment I think. The Broncos spent a good chunk of their time in video sessions today. Let's hope they sorted some defensive zone issues out.
I went for supper tonight with my friend Terry Pavely to Houston Pizza. The University of Regina Cougars mens hockey team stopped in. Local players Blair Stengler, Adam Ward, Matt Schultz and Clay Thoring were among the players who had a "homecooked meal" of sorts.
It's newspaper day across the southwest with the Booster and Prairie Post out so that means I get to weigh in with my two cents. The Booster just doesn't get it! Headline: "Smith scores shootout winner to overcome Hitmen". Are you kidding? Based on Wednesday night's performance the game vs the Hitmen is a distant memory. Thanks for the gripping recap. By the way, Elvis died too in case you're all wondering. They did have a good story on Jeff Harvey taking a shot at the Global TV series "Making the Cut". We'll save that, the rest is bottom of the birdcage material. The Prairie Post at least gets it . . . they had a preview of tonight's Broncos/Chiefs game. Now there's some timely news. Thank you. Prairie Post 1 Booster 0.
I'll stick to the blog.
Anyone want to take a shot at what to expect tonight? Let's hear it.
See you at the rink,