Sunday, October 12, 2008
Broncos 3 Ice 2 OT
Broncos forward Cody Eakin has plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Weekend... you can add to the list a lucky break courtesy Kootenay goaltender Thomas Heemskerk.
With the game tied 2-2, Heemskerk's clearing attempt hit Cody right on the jersey crest while skating by. Eakin got around Heemskerk who also lost an edge and went down, and then fought off the check of the Ice defender to deposit the puck into the empty net for the game winner.
The Broncos fell down a couple goals just 6:35 into the 1st period. The Ice then decided to go into protect/trap mode from that point on which led to some frustration from the Broncos as they attempted to generate offensive opportunities.
Keegan Dansereau cut the lead to 2-1 in the opening minute of the 2nd period on a nice set-up from Justin Dowling. For Dansereau he now has points in eight of the first nine games.
It was stay 2-1 until the midway point of the 3rd period until Broncos defenseman Eric Doyle pinched inside the Ice territory and was able to come off the wall and beat Heemskerk with a back-hand. Doyle's goal changed what was a boring, trapping, whistle after whistle opening first half of the period.
The Broncos would keep coming for the final 10 minutes but for the 2nd time in a week, the Broncos and Ice would need overtime to decide the contest.
Kootenay's Matt Fraser looked to have the winner on his stick put couldn't put home the pass as it hopped by his stick. Moments later Eakin would end it.
The Broncos improve to 7-2 and have a tough test tonight with the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers. Broncos Assistant Coach Tim Kehler said in our post-game you won't exactly see a trapping style from the Tigers.
" We were in the 'Hat watching them play mid-week and I can assure our fans we won't be having to work our way through a trap with the Tigers. They are run and gun and have added even more under-sized, highly skilled with quick feet players and I think it's going to be a real entertaining game."
It's a 7pm face-off tonight from the Credit Union I-plex. We're on the air ( Eagle 94.1 FM) with the pre-game show at 6:30pm. Broncos injured defenseman Jesse Dudas will join us from Edmonton as he works on re-habbing his knee injury. He could be a month away or so from playing.
Here's a quick Tigers note that our fans would be interested in hearing. Former TIger and "AAA" Legionnaire Derek Dorsett has already been called up to the Columbus Blue Jackets after being one of the last cuts. Dorsett was a scratch both Friday night vs Dallas and last night against Phoenix.
In the pre-season, he got in a scrap with another fellow former Tiger in Ryan Hollweg. Safe to say Bronco fans would be hoping for a double KO in this one. Watch it here. I've always thought Dorsett was one of the best agitators to come through the WHL the last 10 seasons. He's good at what he does and he can play the game. Off the ice, Dorsett is pretty good kid too.