Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Rolling on the Road....

Tonights's title fits on a couple levels.
The Broncos just ran their record to 3-1 after beating Lethbridge by a similar score, and as I type this we're somewhere between Lethbridge and Calgary on the #2 highway.

It's a good way to start the five game roadswing with a win.... winning on the road is a good feeling. You're happy for the two points, especially from someone else's rink. It also makes meals and travelling that much more enjoyable. In the world of junior hockey where every loss in a funeral and every win is a celebration I'll take the latter thank-you.

The Broncos and Hurricanes played a sloppy two periods before opening things up and coming to life in the third frame. Back-to-back goals for Geordie Wudrick (4th in four games) and Dale Wiese less than two minutes apart broke a 1-1 tie and put the Broncos ahead for good.

Mike Wilson added two more assists to run his team leading point total to eight – all helpers. He's the only Bronco to register a point in every game this season.

Levi Nelson played his best game of the short season. He scored to tie the game 1-1 late in the 2nd period. He also contributed with some physical play. The Broncos dominated in that department. Dale Wiese's 2nd period check on Carter Bancks will be shown on the year-end hi-lite reel. Oh, and by the way, Dale Wiese was good too.

Travis Yonkman provided this team with his fourth solid start in a row to the season with this one being his best. His 27 saves bailed his team out early in the game and gave them a chance to come back after falling down 1-0. Yonkman is confident, poised and on top of his game right now.

The Broncos have now completed half the journey of eight straight on the road to begin the season. They've talked about coming out of their swing with their head above water at an even .500. It's looking good.

If they can survive the next four games, they return home for five in a row against teams like Edmonton, Red Deer, Prince Albert, Prince George at Lethbridge. But lets not put the cart before the horse here.

The Broncos are in for their toughest test yet tomorrow night when they battle the 5-1 Calgary Hitmen at the Saddledome. The should be a good one. Add in the former teammate battle between Paul Postma, Kyle Bortis and Keegan Dansereau and you have the makings for a good storyline.

Other notes....

- Erik Felde made his Broncos debut. Although it will take awhile to get on the same page with his linemates, we did some flashes of his much talked about speed. The Broncos threw him right into the mix on the powerplay. He worked the point on the man advantage and played a regular shift with Levi Nelson and Zack Smith.

- Keegan Dansereau sat this one out. He's still working on his game conditioning. I'm expecting him to be in the line-up against his former team tomorrow night in Calgary.

- What do you think of Assistant Coach Tim Kehler in the Coaches Show post game? I like it. Well spoken, no cliche-type answers. He's impressed me on the airwaves. Of course it's always easier after a win and the play-by-play man isn't throwing high hard ones about the powerplay.

- New radio voice for the Lethrbridge Hurricanes Pat Seidlecki is ok in my books. It didn't take long to find out he grew up just up the highway from my hometown. The Foam Lake, SK native is in his first year with the Hurricanes after spending a number of years in the BCHL. He's a Rider fan too. Of course he is.

- I can see the lights of Calgary ahead.... the team will pull right into the Saddledome to unload their gear. From there it's off to the downtown hotel for some rest. Good night.



Anonymous said...

how come Gervais did not play, I like him - young kid with a good upside - do the trades make him a fringe player

Jon Keen said...

The Broncos have a lot of rookie talent at forward and they are all getting a good look early in the season. You can only dress 20 players.

Im sure we will see him at some point this week.