Is it that the Broncos have won four straight for the 1st time since January 17th of 2004? Maybe it's the fact the Broncos ended the Moose Jaw Warriors playoff hopes? Or, how about the first Bronco hat trick from a defenseman since . . . actually that's a great question.
Regardless, the Broncos 7-2 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors last night in front of a sold-out Civic Center crowd generated a lot of reasons to be happy for this club right now.
With nothing to play for, the Broncos came out and used the powerplay for six goals in the lopsided win. That's the best the powerplay has looked all year connecting on 6 of 8 opportunities. The hapless Warrior PK sunk to a season low 77.4%, as the Broncos scored every way possible on the man-advantage. Off the rush, from the point, off the rebound, off the great pass on the doorstep. . . merciless.
Are you kidding me . . . Paul Postma. The Broncos 17 year-old defenseman has a career night with the four point game including his first ever WHL hat trick. Entering the game he had two goals on the season, now he has five. His three blasts from the point on the man advantage were text-book. Get some traffic in front and get the shot on goal. Bing, Bang, Boom. It was great to see him so excited, and it was great to see his teammates feeding him the puck on the last powerplay recognizing he was a goal away from bringing the hats onto the ice. I'm sure the yell from the Postma household in Red Deer was heard all they way out in Sylvan Lake.
The Warriors by no means threw in the towel, they just didn't get the goaltending or the breaks you need to win on the road. Goaltender Joey Perricone's night ended after the Broncos fourth goal on 13 shots. The Warriors had the first couple scoring chances of the game but couldn't convert on Kyle Moir who was again stellar. An early goal post by the Warriors seem to fore-shadow how their night would turn out.
The game was officially sold-out midway through the first period. The 2nd sell-out in the last three home games. Can you say Bronco fever?
I didn't see the disgruntled "Offsider" in the penalty box last night. Apparently he's been relieved of his duties . . . permanently. I was told later he was hanging out along the rail on the visitors side. He hasn't had much to say lately. Once the "anonymous" handle is removed it's tough to play ball with the big boys especially if you're all about criticism and name-calling. I assure you his claims of a $200,000 Bronco loss this season are unfounded. I'll stick to my guns about the potential six-figure profit this season. It helps when the Broncos see revenue streams from expansion dues, Memorial Cup and World Juniors.
We're on the air to wrap up the regular season tonight in Moose Jaw. Switzer will be celebrating his wife's birthday and will not be making the trip. Instead I'll dive into the color-commentary bullpen and snag Terry Pavely for some help. Pre-game show at 6:30pm, play-by-play at 7pm. Be listening for the winners of the Goals for Education Lottery. We will have a list of all the winners including the lucky devil who snags the $100,000 grand-prize!
I should get a coffee and get to work on tonight's pre-game show and game prep.
HAPPY ST. PATTY'S DAY!