Thursday, January 25, 2007
Pats Supporting Cast Comes Through
What does Pats tough-guy Myles Stoesz and Euro forward Kaspars Saulietis have in common? Most nights, nothing. But last night, they both scored their first goals as members of the Regina Pats, in fact they each scored twice!
It was not a good night for the Broncos on home ice who were treating the game as a "playoff type game". That message came through in a couple of the pre-game interviews.
OK, mistake #1, we all know how Bronco playoff games have gone over the course of the last three years, so I guess in some way they got what they asked for. Outscored, goalie pulled, a lopsided result . . . kind of seemed like a playoff game afterall.
Kyle Moir was back in the Broncos goal, just a couple nights after being pulled in favor of Travis Yonkman in the Calgary game. Moir only made it into the 2nd when he was yanked for Yonkman. It marks the 4th straight game in which the Broncos have made a goaltending change in mid-stride.
The 1st period is hurting this team. They have now been outscored 52-27 in first periods this season. That is a big hole to climb out of. Their starts need to be better.
"It's embarrassing, we got outworked tonight, just look at the score 7-2. That doesn't fly with this team and we have to bounce back." spouted Jeremy Schenderling in our post-game show. The message was the same in other interviews with Broncos captain Myles Rumsey and Assistant Coach Dave Hunchak.
"You need to have a spine to play this game," was quipped by Hunchak in the coaches show. I have to ask the question where was the toughness with our team last night?
It seems players are content being a .500 hockey club this season who are right back to an even 24-24-1-1 through 50 games.
Broncos defenseman Eric Doyle left the game early after blocking a shot off his foot. His status for tomorrow night is unknown. The team will have Levi Nelson back in the line-up who sat out the last two because of suspension. The player he collided with knee-on-knee Dustin Kohn was back in the Brandon line-up Tuesday night in Medicine Hat - never missing a game.
Broncos and "who owns the" Chiefs tomorrow night at the Civic Center.
Back to my real job, it's time for the 7am sportscast, more later today.