It's now official.
With three games to go in the regular season the Broncos have clinched a playoff spot. A single point in their last three games or a Prince Albert loss in their last four will clinch 3rd in the East division.
3rd in the East . . . . well above expectations heading into this season according to the WHL pundits. I've mentioned it before in this blog that the WHL Broadcasters conducted a poll at the start of the season. The majority picked the Broncos to be out of the playoff mix finishing 5th out of 6th teams, some even had the team in the basement.
Playoffs will be undoubtedly be tough, but you have to admit, the noise from the critics has almost been silenced lately. The blowhards don't have much to rant about these days. The internet arm-chair coaches must be just simmering.
I don't have much time to recap last night's game, the team leaves for Prince Albert in a couple hours to finish the weekend 3-in-3. I'll have a weekend recap coming Monday.
A few things though:
- Last night's win accomplished a few things. 1) it ended Brandon's 9-game winning streak, 2) it clinched a playoff spot, 3) The Broncos have beaten the top three teams in the Conference in a week - Kootenay, Medicine Hat, and Brandon.
- Last night was deja vous for the Broncos. It was exactly a year ago when the Broncos clinched a playoff spot. The similarities are interesting. Last year it was Regina beating Red Deer to help the Broncos clinch a central division berth, this year Regina beat Moose Jaw.
- The entire city of Moose Jaw will be Bronco fans tonight. The Warriors trail P.A. by a single point for the last playoff spot. P.A. has four games left, the Warriors three.
- Tonight's game will be tough on what's expected to be a depleted Broncos line-up. Apparently some injuries have mounted in the last two games. We'll find out later who they all are.
- The Broncos shoot for an 8-game season series sweep of the Raiders tonight.
That's all today. We're on the air at 6:30pm for the pre-game show. Face-off at 7pm on the Eagle 94.1 FM.