What happened to elevating their game?
It was a phrase thrown around a lot leading up to game one of the playoffs against the Regina Pats but sadly it was nowhere to be found.
The Pats came out and scored 5 minutes in on a back-hand for Kaspars Saulities and rolled from there. Three Regina goals in just over five minutes to begin the 2nd period didn't help the case either.
The Broncos just didn't have it, and I am surprised.
Assistant Coach Dave Hunchak joined us for our post-game.
JK: It looked like Regina pretty much dominated in almost all areas of the game. Would you agree?
DH: No, Jon I wouldn't say almost all areas of the game I would say every part of the game. I think tonight we saw Regina at their very best while we still have more to give, a lot more.
Again, a common theme that's being talked about is that the Broncos best players, have to be their best players.
Broncos Head Coach and G.M. Dean Chynoweth is not planning any line-up changes for tonight's game. The Broncos have now lost 9 in a row in Regina dating back to March of '05.
As far as off the ice fun, I must say the Regina media has been pretty good. Lee Jones of CTV invited me on for live-hit during his evening sportscast to talk about the series. Chris Hodges also of CTV came up to the booth to say hi. He's playing in the Sask Mid-Amateur golf championships in Swift Current this summer. I invited him up for some practice rounds if he wants to get an early look at the course layout. The Leaderpost has some pretty one-sided articles in it today but no doubt it reflects exactly how the game was played. One sided.
Pats Head Coach Curtis Hunt was excellent in the pre-game interview. I thank him for that. He could have been upset over previous issues. He wasn't. It was our best chat this season. He was very accomodating. Hehould have plenty to be happy about after his team's performance in game one.
Game two tonight. The Broncos need a better effort and need to get their hands dirty a little. They can't be bystanders. They have to jump right in with both feet.
For now, it's just kind of a relaxing gameday. Switzer is in town and we'll be making our rounds today. We were already down to the rink and catch the pre-game skate. We both have some friends in this city we'll be checking in on before he head down for the game.
Join us for coverage on the Eagle 94.1 FM beginning at 6:30pm, play-by-play at 7pm.
The Broncos NEED this one.