Saturday, September 19, 2009

Broncos Take Season Opener

It seems one thing has carried over for the new season - the Broncos have the Warriors number.

The Broncos scored some strange goals in a 6-5 win over the Warriors in the season opener. Again, the Warriors couldn't get a save against the Broncos - a common theme the last couple seasons.

Starter Jeff Bosch was pulled from the Warriors goal late in the first after giving up the 4th goal. Rookie Brandon Glover mopped up the first period and was replaced by Bosch to star the 2nd.

The Warriors made it close with three goals in a 2:08 span late in the third but couldn't press for the eqaulizer.

Here's the recap from :

For the third straight season, the Swift Current Broncos have defeated the Moose Jaw Warriors to start the season.

The Broncos were paced by a torrid start going up 4-0 after the first period as Michael Stickland, Eric Doyle, Geordie Wudrick and Brad Hoban scored. In the second period, the Warriors got on the board after a nice goal by Jason Bast. The Warriors scored again on the power-play as Thomas Frazee cut the lead to 4-2. Cody Eakin would get one back for the Broncos and made it 5-2 Swift Current after forty minutes. In the third period, the Broncos Cody Eakin would get his second of the game to make it 6-2. The Warriors would mount a comeback getting 3 goals as Quinton Howden, Corey Scott and Matt MacKay scored to make it close but the Broncos held on to the win.

Cody Eakin had 2 goals and an assist, Brad Hoban and Geordie Wudrick each had a goal and an assist and Dane Muench had a pair of helpers to pace the Broncos. Both teams were 2-6 on the power-play. Morgan Clark got the win for the Broncos stopping 24 of 29 shots. Jeff Bosch took the loss for the Tribe stopping 18 of 24 shots.

The Broncos next head out on the road for two games travelling to Prince Albert Wednesday and Brandon Friday.


My final thoughts... a win is a win. I don't think the three Warriors goals in garbage time will phase the team much.

I thought all the rookies played well in this one D Reece Scarlett, D Brody Luhning, F Adam Lowry, F Andy Blanke, and F Dane Muench.

As expected the Broncos worked the skilled Muench right into the top six forwards on a line with Cody Eakin and Geordie Wudrick. Muench picked up a couple of assists.

A nice first ever WHL shift for F Adam Lowry who picked up an assist the very first time he touched the ice on a long shot from D Eric Doyle that Bosch should have stopped.

A decent home opening crowd with 2453 in the house. Up from last year's home opener crowd.
I'm hitting the road for the rest of the weekend, Flames/Islanders tomorrow in Saskatoon and the Riders/Eskies Sunday.

I'll blog at ya Monday!



Anonymous said...

Why was Hamonic standing in the tunnel and against the glass after he got a 10???

Jon Keen said...

Good question... I didn't notice.

Tyler said...

I know it's just one game and things will change in regards to rosters and line combo's and such but I'm finding it odd that Peddle was playing on the fourth line. I really liked the Wudrick/Eakin/Muench line and the Wagner/Dowling/Stickland line could be a treat to watch as well. There is still a few more roster moves that will need to be made, once those are made, then things will fall into place.

Tyler said...

What is the roster limit and when do team need to be down to that limit? Broncos are currently at 26.

Jon Keen said...

you can carry as many players as you want it just isnt very efficient to do so.

Tyler said...

Thanks Keen. Looking forward to listening to games on the air (you call a great game) and the games I'm able to get to whether it be here in Regina or down the road in MJ.