Thursday, September 27, 2007

Raiders WIn 4-1

Desire and determination were two things brought up post-game the Broncos didn't seem to have tonight in Prince Albert.

The Broncos took their first loss of the season with a 4-1 lacklustre showing in Prince Albert. The Broncos had won 9 in a row against the Raiders in the regular season dating back to the 2005-2006 season.

Despite a sloppy 1st period on both sides, the Broncos opened the scoring on a Geordie Wudrick deflection past Dustin Butler. That's it, that's all.

Prince Albert picked up back-to-back powerplay goals in the 2nd period from Matt Robertson (5 on 3) and Ryan Macdonald. Ryan Depape added another PP goal midway through the third period before Macdonald scored into an empty net to cap the scoring.

All night long it appeared the Broncos were going after the pretty play or the difficult to make pass. It didn't work.

The Broncos are clearly the more skilled team but that doesn't help if you get out-worked for the last two periods. Prince Albert improves to 1-2 while the Broncos slide to an even 1-1 on the season.

They play in the 'Hat Saturday night as they continue with eight straight on the road to start the season.
Defenseman RJ Larochelle sat this one out with a leg injury. There's a good chance he will be ready for Saturday's clash with the Tigers. Three 16 year-olds were healthy scratches including forwards Cody Eakin, Brad Hoban, and defenseman Joel Rogers.

Not too much else to say... Levi Nelson had his gloves off for the 2nd straight game as he got into it with Justin Palazzo as the final buzzer sounded. He did much better this time. Brady Leavold added to his early league lead in penalty minutes with another major for fighting. He renewed acquaintances with Cody Vann. The two have fought before and will probably go again in the next game. Decision Leo although most of punches he fired glanced off Vann's helmet in the early stages of the scrap.

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