The Broncos won their 3rd straight game and in the process handed the rival Regina Pats their 5th straight loss last night at the Brandt Center.
A lot of talk about how "fragile" the Pats have been as of late. It's words even Head Coach Dale Derkatch used in our pre-game show to describe his club. From my perspective they didn't appear that way for the most part. I thought they stuck to a game plan which was to play physical and finish every check and did a good job of it.
They had just too many defensive breakdowns... so if you want to call that fragile so be it.
The one Colton Teubert gaffe where he served up the puck to Geordie Wudrick for the Broncos third goal in was as devastating a turnover I've seen all year long.
Keegan Dansereau's three goals led the way while Michael Stickland, Geordie Wudrick and Cody Eakin all scored very timely goals.
Jesse Dudas was a -3 in his first game against his former mates. We chatted briefly before the game. He says his experience in Regina has been good. He's happy with his ice-time in which he referred to as being on the ice for "the entire two minute powerplay" at times.
On the ice, it appeared he was going out of his way to play physical against his old club.
Afterwards he was spotted chatting it up with several of his former teammates under the stands at the Brandt Center. He shared a hug with Broncos F Keegan Dansereau before returning back into the Pats dressing room.
The Broncos were all smiles after this one.
"I think our line (Dansereau, Dowling, Tassone) was clicking tonight. We haven't been together for a few games and we wanted to show Deano (Broncos Head Coach / GM Dean Chynoweth) that we want to stay together." - Dansereau
"We have a great belief in our dressing room right now. We know we are going to go out and win games." - Wudrick
As for the turnover served up from World Junior defenseman Colton Teubert which lead to the Broncos 3rd goal, Wudrick couldn't believe his luck.
"I was pressuring him hard down the ice... it was almost like he passed it to me for the breakaway. I got lucky there and got lucky to score on Rowat."
After the game the two were seen having a good chat. They are both L.A. Kings draft picks and went 1-2 in the WHL bantam draft back in 2005.
The Broncos will now try and do the Pats a favour tomorrow night by winning in Prince Albert against the Raiders. The Raiders rallied back to defeat Medicine Hat 6-5 in OT to move two points ahead of Edmonton and four points ahead of Regina for the final playoff spot.
Interesting former Broncos note. Dale Weise is now calling Sean Avery a teammate in Hartford with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack.
Avery was assigned there by the Dallas Stars. It's where Weise is spending his first season of pro-hockey.
In a short chat today Weise informs me that Avery has been "awesome" and a "great guy" so far. In fact, Avery took a few members of the Wolf Pack out for supper last night.
Talk at you tomorrow....