Remember the WWF's Saturday night main event from years past? A bunch of no-name wrestlers would get tossed around for a couple hours by some middle of the road superstars but there was always the one big match at the end you stayed up for. Tonight that match is the Broncos and Pats from the Brandt Center.
With last night's loss to the Raiders still close to heart, the Broncos head into Regina in the first of six head-to-head games this season.
Regina has been a tough place for the opposition this season. The Pats hold a 7-1 mark on home ice with their only loss coming against Red Deer in what must have been an off night. The Pats boast the league's best powerplay at 27.0 %. That will pay some bills. Jordan Eberle has a league high 13 goals in 12 games and is really on fire lately. He's the trigger man up front while Logan Pyett remains the go-to guy on the back-end. You talk to coaches and G.M's around the Conference and the majority would say Pyett is the most dangerous d-man in the East.
Both teams will be short some bodies. Although I saw CTV interviewing Troy Ofukany last night in anticipation of tonight's game, I think he's still on the shelf with a knee injury. He hasn't played in a couple weeks. The Broncos will likely have Dale Wiese and Levi Nelson still in suits. Dean Chynoweth says both could be ready by the weekend.
It was quite the six-game series last spring between these teams. It seemed the Broncos had all the momentum in their favour after the game five victory to send the series back to Swifty for game six. Even in that game they came after the Pats only to have Brett Leffler score in overtime to win it. Had it gone back to Regina for a game seven, I liked the Broncos chances.
We're on the air at 6:30pm with the pre-game, play-by-play at 7pm.
Neat little Swift Current note to the World Series tonight. When Canadian Jeff Francis starts on the mound for the Rockies it will mark this first time a Canadian born pitcher has started a World Series game since 1975. That year Swift Current's own Reggie Cleveland got the start for the Boston Red Sox in a 6-2 loss in game five to the Cincinnati Reds.