Is this a Bronco Bizzaro World we're living in?
The term basically refers to a complete reversal of reality.... and Bronco reality over the last few seasons has been a team short on offence. Enter Bronco Bizzaro World.
The Broncos lead the league in average goals per game:
Broncos - 4.00
Vancouver - 3.77
Calgary - 3.54
They have the league's leading scorer... and he's a defenseman.
Michael Wilson 1-15-16
Kyle Beach 6-9-15
Kruse Reddick 6-9-15
Mark Santorelli 4-11-15
I don't put a lot of stock into these stats. With so many categories you're bound to be leading in a couple. But these two in particular are quite odd based on the last few seasons.
It was funny, I read an article from a reporter talking about the Broncos coming in to face their team. He called them the "high flying" Broncos. I had to pause for a second to think if he was being sarcastic or not.
The Broncos at 7-2-0-1 are five games over .500 for the first time since late in the 2003-04 season. In other words, the first time in the Dean Chynoweth era. It hasn't done anything to separate them from the pack though. Both Regina and Brandon continue to win. The three teams have done a decent job from at least separating themselves a little from Prince Albert, Moose Jaw and Saskatoon.
All in all a good weekend for the team. 10-1 Friday night speaks for itself. Last night is was a bit of nail biter as Red Deer came at the Broncos full force in the third period to tie the game 3-3 forcing overtime. Geordie Wudrick salvaged the night with his third game winning goal of the season with the overtime winner.
The Broncos could have put the game out of reach in the 2nd period if it wasn't for several showtime saves from James Reimer in the Rebels goal.
There was some controversy on the overtime goal. The Rebels thought the puck was gloved ahead by Levi Nelson in the attacking zone in order to keep the play alive. I've seen the replay a few times. Levi Nelson goes into the corner along with a pair of Rebels. the puck was obviously touched by a Rebel player before it went to Wudrick thus negating any hand pass. Nelson was also the only Bronco near the puck when he was fumbling on the ice. The hand pass argument isn't valid.
Red Deer showed me some character. They had the Broncos on the ropes in the third period and came close to scoring the go-ahead goal late.
Good match-up tonight in Moose Jaw. The Warriors who have all of a sudden won three in a row, host the Regina Pats who are 7-3 to start the season.
As we speak the Riders are winning... getting closer to clinching that much sought after home playoff game. A win today and a Stampeders loss would do it... I've check the schedule and there will be no Regina roadtrip for me that day as the Broncos host the Prince Albert Raiders November 11th.
Tomorrow night is our "Monday night meet the Broncos" promotion at Kabos Restaurant. I'll be on location from 5 till 7 with a couple of the guys. Stop on down and ask some questions, hang out and have supper with us.