Saturday, March 29, 2008

Broncos Look to Clinch Series at Home

With the chants of " Let's Go Broncos " ringing in my ears from last night at the Brandt Center, I will attempt to blog something words won't do justice.

The Broncos - half on their account, the other half on some sloppy play from the Pats, moved one win a away from taking this opening round series.

So many little story lines from last night...

Michael Wilson's inspired play as he got back in the line-up after missing all of this series. Bronco fans filling the Brandt Center giving it an almost home ice feel.

Erik Felde being carted off on a stretcher telling the guys to " go get'em " as he popped his head up to glance towards the Broncos bench and their plethora of fans. It sounds like Felde is better than first thought. That's a relief.

The Broncos penalty kill which may have been the difference scoring two shorthanded goals. Or killing off six straight penalties as the Broncos ended up on the short end of a 10-5 powerplay advantage.

I know the Broncos by no means feel this series is over. It was the first thing they addressed in their post-game meeting according to Assistant Coach Tim Kehler.

Did you catch our Coaches Show? Tim Kehler was at his best. Not once did he down play the importance of our fans at the Brandt Center.

Levi Nelson had an outstanding third period, first banging home a centering feed from Keegan Danereau just seconds after Derek Claffey cleared a puck rolling ominously towards the Broncos goal line. Nelson added an insurance marker on an unscreened long wrister that squeaked between the legs of Linden Rowat. Geordie Wudrick added an empty netter in the final minute for the 6-3 win.

Our fans stayed around and made noise from the final buzzer to about a half an hour afterwards. Relishing in the game five win.

Again, they made CKRM's Rod Pedersen's life difficult as they cheered loud during their on-ice post-game show. Rod handled it well. He waited for things to die down before going on the air but our fans continued to make noise during the show. Not sure what I would do in that situation.

The Bronco fans then started chanting our names "SWITZER, SWITZER, SWITZER" and " KEEN, KEEN, KEEN", as they pointed up to our broadcast location. Ryan and I acknowledged them, and all it did was spur them on to make more noise. No harm intended, but we felt the need to acknowledge our die hard fans who made the trip. I felt bad for the CKRM post-game show though. Trying to conduct their business with that in the background must have been a tough task. Then again, you make make your bed, and you must sleep in it. It's all in good fun, and I know our fans were just letting out some steam.

Game six tonight. Pats Assistant Coach Terry Perkins says the Broncos will see the Regina Pats best tonight. I would tend to think he's right.

This series is far from over folks, the last one is always the toughest.

We're on the air at 7pm with the pre-game show. Face-off at 7:30pm.

Talk at you then,


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