Red Deer - It finally caught up to the Broncos last night in Lethbridge. Seemingly having the Hurricanes number all year, finally the offensive stars for the 'Canes took over. Mitch Fadden's hat-trick and Zach Boychhuk's 1g,3a. Maybe the 'Canes were overdue for this win considering in their first meeting this season Kyle Moir made 50 saves in a 2-1 win at the Civic Center.
Hey, don't get me wrong, the Broncos didn't play that great but the Hurricanes have some fire power that is at par with the top teams in the WHL. Defensively, they're not even close to a top team and that could be their downfall.
If the 'Canes keep it up, they should finish 3rd in the Central just behind Kootenay and Medicine Hat. They do however struggle on the road and that's where they will find themselves for most of the last two months of the season.
Newly acquired defenseman Eric Doyle made his Broncos debut last night. He seemed to struggle at times and then make a superstar play the next. Must be tough to be handed a sheet of paper outlining a team's powerplay and other systems about two hours before face-off.
The Broncos have struggled on the road lately now with four straight losses. They just haven't been able to keep the puck out of their net. They've given up 23 goals in those four losses. Way too many.
It doesn't get any easier tonight. The team pulled into Red Deer just before 2am to unload their gear at the Centrium. After a good night's sleep they're on the ice for a light skate this hour. The Rebels are one of the top teams on home ice in the league at 12-1-3-3. The last time the Broncos were here they were beaten 4-0. Martin Hanzal has 1g, 6a vs the Broncos in the two previous meetings. Red Deer last played Thursday night in Calgary posting a 4-0 win over the Hitmen. Tomorrow night they play in Medicine Hat.
It was a WHL crossing of paths on the way to Lethbridge yesterday. The Broncos and the Vancouver Giants were virtual lunch partners in the 'Hat. The Broncos stopped for a pre-game meal in Medicine Hat and just as they were finishing, the Giants showed up. The new look Giants lost to the Tigers 3-2 on a game played across Western Canada on Shaw TV.
Broncos and Rebels on the Eagle 94.1 FM tonight beginning with the pre-game show at 8pm featuring Everett General Manager Doug Soetart. The play-by-play is at 8:30pm.
p.s. Thanks for the comments Big Ern, and yes this is basically your blog. I'm sorry for posting actually. HAHAHAHA LOL - That's for you Ern.