First of all... that was an entertaining game three.
Unfortunately, the Broncos let it get away allowing the Pats a 2-1 series advantage with game four tomorrow night. I won't get into too much of a recap tonight with the 4:30am alarm clock ready to go but for the Broncos it's a coulda, woulda, shoulda kind of outcome.
Despite a rocking Civic Center and a quick two goal lead in the 1st period, the Broncos watched the Pats come back with four unanswered goals to take a 4-2 advantage and then a 5-3 lead after 40 minutes.
The Broncos pressed hard in the third period firing 15 shots for a total of 42 - even getting within one on Jeremy Schenderling's hat-trick goal, but the Pats would hold on despite a couple mad scrambles in the dying seconds.
The Broncos powerplay was awful at times tonight. 1 for 12 is what I had it for. They had trouble most of the night gaining the zone or retrieving loose pucks on the dump-in. It was tough sledding on the man advantage. Boy, would the Broncos love those opportunities back.
A couple squeakers found there way past Kyle Moir tonight. One was a short-side goal from Kyle Ross in the 1st period that tied the game 2-2. Another was the Garrett Festerling shelf-job from a sharp angle as he skated out of the corner. Even the Logan Pyett point shot late in the 2nd period trickled through after Kyle got a piece of it. To his defense he made some great saves in the third period to allow the Broncos to press for the tying goal late.
CKRM's Rod Pedersen made it onto our broadcast tonight. After the 11th powerplay was served up to the Broncos, Pedersen leaned over to our side, took off his headset and fired "how many powerplay is that!? 11, 12 . . . how many?" We chuckled as Ryan and I answered him right on-air. It was a strange moment for sure. The Pats bench was fired-up over the two man crew of Reagan Vetter and Pat Smith. At the end of the night, the Pats had a pp goal, so did the Broncos.
Bottom line, it was a start the Broncos had hoped for, but some careless turnovers resulted in Regina goals which resulted in a game three win.
More tomorrow morning,