Thursday, February 21, 2008

Broncos Owning Overtime

Make it 6-0 in sudden death overtime this season.

The Broncos and Kootenay Ice hooked up for a highly entertaining game at the Credit Union I-plex as Erik Felde's 23rd goal of the season gave the Broncos the 4-3 decision.

The Broncos are now 12-2 in their last 14 games and are slowly getting healthy as 20 year old defenseman Michael Wilson was a strong addition back in the line-up last night.

Although the Broncos won in OT, fans this morning are talking about the "Jesse Dudas Dangle" in the third period. Dudas gave the Broncos a temporary 3-2 lead in the third when he split the Kootenay defense with a jaw dropping move and then shelfed it on Kris Lazaruk in the Kootenay goal. The goal was one of the nicest all year at the Credit Union I-plex should garner attention for the top play in the WHL Plays of the Week. I've watched the webcast replay though and the footage isn't great. The audio is muffled and the camera angle is distant and shaky. Too bad the rest of the league won't be able to see the goal for it's full value.

Last night's game was two good teams playing an exciting brand of fast-paced hockey as the Broncos and Ice combined for 88 shots. Kris Lazaruk was brilliant in the Kootenay goal for 39 minutes before Geordie Wudrick finally beat him on a quick wrister on the 31st shot against.

Matt Tassone then banked home a shorthanded goal in the opening minute of the 3rd period to tie the game 2-2. The Jesse Dudas Dangle gave the Broncos a lead with 7:39 to play in the third before Steve Dasilva tied it with 3:24 to go forcing overtime.

Erik Felde's goal was a long shot that beat Lazaruk. Ryan and I both agreed it was similar to the OT winner against the Warriors Friday night from Bretton Stamler. It's a save your goaltender has to make.


- Another big crowd at the I-plex (2290, great Wed. night crowd) took the game in and left entertained. The Broncos have played some exciting hockey this season and have the ability to play fast-paced style along with some nifty creativity.

- The Broncos are 6-0 in 4-on-4 overtime this season - the best record in the WHL. Overall they are 9-5 when the game isn't settled through 60 minutes.

- I'm sure the rest of the Eastern Conference shuddered when they saw another all-conference match-up go to overtime. Points are being handed out all over the place. The Broncos and the rest of the conference was fortunate that Brandon edged Moose Jaw 1-0 in regulation. The game seemed destined for OT after it was tied 0-0 through two periods.

- Broncos and the Medicine Hat Tigers tomorrow night in what's promising to be another exciting tilt.


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