Sunday, March 11, 2007

Broncos Edge Wheaties; Clinch With Three to Go

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.

10 comments:

ointhecreek said...

"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."
Do you include yourself in this group Jon? Like the poster on whlfans said, you have pointed fingers and criticized players also when they were in a slump. I normally agree with your knowledgeable and insightful posts, but in this part you come across as better then everyone else. I will always listen and read your comments because I consider you to be one of the best, if not the best, WHL sportscaster around.

Anonymous said...

ABOUT THIS (Quote Jon Keen)
The blowhards don't have much to rant about these days. The internet arm-chair coaches must be just simmering.

Jon
You also being an internet arm chair coach, A person that has pointed the finger at players in your post game rap up. Remember us blowhards pay money to support the Broncos and want the Team to be here long after you are gone. After the last time you called me an Idiot because I worried about Bronco finances and wanted to help get some more fans and excitement in the building. I had a talk with a couple of Board members they assured me I was one the rite track and that you did not no all the fax’s and worked for Golden West Radio not the Broncos. So keep the name calling coming

Jon Keen said...

Valid point Ointhecreek. Perhaps I should clarify.

Not once have I ever been on the "Fire the Coach" or "Major changes needed" bandwagon like the ones I'm referring too.

I'm more referring to the letter to the editor crowd or the message boarders who start every post with the words "Bye-Bye Dean". That's more or less who I'm referring too.

There's a group you simply can't please.

Also, this club has exceeded my expectations by finishing 3rd in the east.

Jon Keen said...

Ok, Darwin K. I will.

We'll see who's right when the books are opened.

I will make a point to visit you in the penalty box before the game.

Jon Keen said...

I'm dissapointed this stuff has been coming from you DK, I'm very surprised actually.

Anonymous said...

I know the ones your talking about. you can't please'm all in swift current

ointhecreek. said...

Point well taken Jon. Thats what I figured but thought I would point it out for you to clarify. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

JON!! How dare you speak before knowing all the "fax's"??

Good Grief.

Anonymous said...

Good on ya for sticking up for the Broncos. We need more fans to show support for the playoffs. Go Broncos Go!!!!

jason

Anonymous said...

Trent Zoo said....


Jon Keen is a very articulate person, it is embarrassing to read comments with words like "no" and "fax's" spelled that way. Please if your going to poke fun, just spell it out so that it makes sense. I suggest proof reading, or checking with the Bronco board members.

arrggg it's FACTS !