Thursday, January 31, 2008

Streaking Broncos / Pack the 'Plex Tomorrow Night

It's the longest winning streak under Head Coach and General Manager Dean Chynoweth's four season tenure.

The Broncos collected their fifth win in a row with a 3-2 victory over a hard-working and determined Saskatoon Blades team last night at the I-plex. The club hasn't won five games since November of 2003 when the likes of Jeremy Williams, Tyler Redenbach, Ian White and Aaron Rome rolled together.

The Blades held the lead until late in the 2nd period when Keegan Dansereau tied things up on the powerplay with his 17th of the season. The Blades were playing a perfect road game until some undisciplined play from their captain Colton Gillies. Gillies was eliminated on a hard check by Derek Claffey along the boards as Gillies attempted to go wide on the Bronco d-man off the rush. Upset, Gillies took a run at a Bronco player in the corner and took an elbowing call which could have been a charging minor - take your pick.

The Broncos scored on the ensuing powerplay and turned the game around.

Levi Nelson and Erik Felde added third period markers while Travis Yonkman made 35 saves for the win in goal.

The Blades played inspired and outworked the Broncos for most of the night. It was a solid bounce back performance after losing 7-3 on home ice the night before but not enough to get any points out of it.

(laughing), It feels amazing. I don't think I've ever had that (five game winning streak) in my minor hockey and midget hockey days... let's keep it going.

- Broncos defenseman Ryan Molle post-game.


- The Broncos penalty kill has all of a sudden found it's stride and is making a big difference in the outcome of games. The Blades had a 5-on-3 for 1:28 in the 2nd period and failed to generate a shot on goal. The Broncos have now killed off 25 straight penalties and have their PK just shy of 82%. The PK has been a bit of a sore spot at times this season.

- The recent run still has the Broncos in 8th place in the Conference but the standings have folded up like an accordian. They now are only 3pts out of 4th and home ice advantage in the opening round of playoffs. Here's a quick glance:

*Calgary GP: 54 PTS: 78
*Regina GP: 53 PTS: 71
Lethbridge GP: 52 PTS: 69
Moose Jaw GP: 51 PTS: 64
Med Hat GP: 52 PTS: 64
Kootenay GP: 52 PTS: 63
Brandon GP: 50 PTS: 62
SC GP: 53 PTS: 61


It's big night tomorrow as the Broncos host Dave Hunchak and the Moose Jaw Warriors for Pack the 'Plex night. The Warriors will be an owly bunch after losing in Edmonton last night 5-1. I saw some of the highlights. A few bad and careless turnovers resulted in some Oil Kings' goals. You can bet Dave will have his team looking for a bounce back performance. Expect an inspired Warriors team after a stinker at Rexall Place last night.

The Broncos have won all three head-to-head match-ups with the Warriors but this is the first game played at the I-plex in the season series. The Broncos and Warriors still have five meetings before the end of the regular season.


Thanks for your patience.....

The Broncos are thanking fans for their patience this season with hockey in a construction zone. Work continues at the I-plex and plans for a Christmas completion was just that... plans.

Dean Chynoweth weighed in the situation yesterday.

" I think at times everyone thinks it's a complete building but that's not the case yet. There's been a a lot of headaches and inconveniences mainly for the fans. There are a lot of things that are and were out of our control that is a situation where we will get them up and running. We really appreciate the patience our fans have shown."

" A year from now we won't be talking about the upheaval there was we will be excited about the new people in the new seats, the new amenities and the whole new environment. There will definitely need to be some patience for the rest of the year. Our concessions aren't fully operational and we want to get the North entrance up and running along with bathrooms on that end."

"The patience has been greatly appreciated, the support has been greatly appreciated and I sure hope we can fill the building tomorrow night (for Pack the 'Plex night) because we saw what it was like with 2500 fans last weekend and it was just a tremendous environment."


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