Sunday, January 21, 2007
This is getting bad . . .
Not much to get all rah-rah about this afternoon.
The Broncos host Calgary in three and a half hours and I wonder how many players the team will ice tonight. Safe to say this seven games in ten night stretch in KILLING the Broncos.
Don't expect Levi Nelson to play tonight. The league is now in the process of reviewing last night's knee-on-knee hit delivered on Dustin Kohn. I'm not an expert and I'm not Richard Doerksen (WHL suspension man) but Levi will be suspended anywhere from one to three games. My guess would be two but we'll find out in an hour or two.
Jeremy Schenderling probably won't play tonight because of a bad back. Kyle Bortis remains out with that ankle injury, Spencer McAvoy is a ?, and so is R.J. Larochelle after blocking a shot in the wrong spot Friday night in Moose Jaw.
Last night in Brandon, not only did the Broncos get outplayed for the majority of the game, they didn't get any breaks, didn't get much help from referee Derek Herman and fatigue caught up to this team in the 3rd period.
They might have outchanced Brandon in the 1st period only to be down 2-0. Levi Nelson scored on a great passing play in front . . . but into his own goal. I've seen the replay 10 times now and I still can't figure that one out.
The Danny Rakos parade to the penalty box continued with two more minors away from the play. He's not getting it. Sit him down? Can't. Why? They can't go into a game with 16 skaters.
Tyler Plante did play well in the Brandon goal and didn't give up the token soft one we've seen from him over the years.
Have you checked the standings lately? The Broncos still sit in 2nd spot in the division but are now only 8 points up on a playoff spot after Saskatoon won last night over Calgary 3-2. In fact 2nd to 6th is only an 11 point gap. Can you hear the footsteps yet?
Thank god for home ice tonight. The Broncos have won seven of eight on home ice but will need to come up big to beat a po'ed Calgary team after what happened last Sunday in the Saddledome.
See you tonight, 7pm face-off. We're on the air at 6:30pm on the Eagle 94.1 FM.