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Well the Broncos wrap up a five-game homestand tonight as the Red Deer Rebels pay a visit to meet Swifty for the 4th and final time this season.
The Rebs are entrenched in their own playoff battle in the Central division. They are in a tight three-way race with Calgary and Lethbridge for the last two playoff spots. Can you imagine the Rebels missing the playoffs in back-to-back seasons?
The Rebs have had a one-dimensional offensive attack against the Broncos - the top line of Martin Hanzal, Kirill Starkov and Brandon Sutter. In fact, the Coyotes 1st rounder from 2005 Hanzal was picked up 2 goals and 8 assists in three previous meetings.
The Broncos plan to counter that line with the defensive pairing of Myles Rumsey and RJ Larochelle. Most of those points have come on the PP so discipline has to be stressed again tonight! Daniel Rakos also had an interesting take on that line "play them physical because European forwards don't like physical play." Umm, Danny, you're from the Czech Republic! Rakos should know a bit about Hanzal, they were teammates at the World Junior Championships where they finished 5th.
Despite three straight losses on home ice, I got the sense the Broncos are still a confident crew. Yesterday after practice they were in good spirits and ready to go - you could have never figured they're on a skid. Kyle Moir made the comment that Sunday's game vs Moose Jaw is old news and the goaltending tandem is ready to bounce back.
For the first time in awhile the Broncos were bounced out of 2nd spot in the east division last night as Regina beat Lethbridge 5-4. The Pats jumped a point ahead. It could have been worse but Kamloops rallied to beat Prince Albert 6-4. A Raiders win would have pushed the Broncos to 4th.
I chatted with former Bronco goaltender Jeff Harvey last night. He's on the latest season of "Making the Cut" - the series where hockey players get a 2nd chance at making it big. In typical "Harv" fashion, he had some choice words for the "reality show". He's under contractual obligation to not give away the ending or some of the details. He was upset over how the show was "fake". The producers were like: say this, act like this, use this facial expression . . . most was staged. He also took some shots at GM "Iron" Mike Keenan. Harv says he was MIA for most of the tapings. Don't miss his interview Friday night before the Broncos play in Brandon. The pre-game show starts at 7pm You can also catch the show on Global TV Saturday nights. To the winner goes a $250,000 RBK hockey endorsement deal. Nice.
Go Broncos Go . . . face-off at 7:30pm, we'll have an action packed pre-game show on the Eagle 94.1 FM starting at 7pm.