Saturday, September 08, 2007

Broncos Lose in Brandon

The Brandon Wheat Kings defeated the Broncos 4-3 in exhibition action tonight at the newly named Westman Communications Place in Brandon.

The Wheaties led 2-0 after one on a powerplay goal and a shorthanded marker. The Broncos tied it thanks to 2nd period goals from Spencer McAvoy and Geordie Wudrick. Brandon took the lead back with a pair of goals in the third. Cody Eakin scored his 2nd goal in as many nights to draw the Broncos within one with two minutes to play.

The Broncos couldn't find the tying goal and took the 4-3 loss. Ian Curtis played the entire game in goal and apparently played well. The Wheaties out shot the Broncos 24-21.

The Broncos were short defenseman tonight which forced Brady Leavold, Grant Toulmin, Phil Gervais, Matt Tassone, Kyle Bortis and Geordie Wudrick all to play a period on the back-end. With Paul Postma, Eric Doyle and Ryan Molle all attending NHL camps and Derek Claffey not dressed, the Broncos were forced to improvise.

The Broncos return home tonight and will have a full week of practice before taking on the Regina Pats Friday night in Kindersley.

6 comments:

Joel Siemens said...

Thanks for the recap John, pretty tough when you are down that many d-men. They will rebound though.

Anonymous said...

Well, Well, Well....

I know it is pre-season and it is nothing to get too excited about...

But Cody Eakin will definitely be the player the Broncos thought he could be.

Play the kid and watch him score, just give him Powerplay and a regular shift, he will get those 20 goals!!!

Coach

Jon Keen said...

Joel, I'm getting excited about the prospects of this season.

I still think we lack a game breaker up front but I do like our scoring by committee.

The blue line will be fine although I would like to see them play with a little more bite. I think back to the guys who made you pay on a consistent basis I'm not sure we have a guy like that.

Overall, I rank us in the top 1/3 of the league this season. We'll see how it plays out.

Joel Siemens said...

Those are my exact thoughts. We need one of those guys on the blueline that puts fear into the opponents and we need one more piece up front. Either way It will be a fun team to watch this year.

Anonymous said...

kener how is your Riders bandwagon situation today?? hahaha

Jon Keen said...

Still on the wagon... it's impossible to sweep the home and home with Winnipeg. It just never happens. Expected the loss yesterday.