Friday, September 11, 2009

A Work In Progress

I'm going to hold off being too critical being that it is the pre-season but the Broncos lost 6-4 to the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers to fall to 1-4 in exhibition play.

A game summary is available at on the main page.

Veteran players G Morgan Clark, Cody Eakin and Justin Dowling are still away at NHL camps while Geordie Wudrick, Jordan Evans and Dane Muench sat the game out with injury.

The Broncos trailed 4-2 in the third before tying it on a couple quick goals from Michael Stickland and Eric Doyle.  The Tigers scored quickly after and never relinquished the lead.

Veteran Ryan Holfeld went the distance in goal making 26 saves while the Broncos Chad Ketting played the entire way making 36 saves.

Looking up the Tigers roster it's safe to say they could be the most veteran-laden team in the WHL at this point with a whopping 15 players on the roster 19 years-of-age or older.  That isn't including F Tyler Ennis and D Thomas Kundratek who are both elgible (although not likely) to return.

The Tigers have some decisions to make.

The Broncos conclude the pre-season tomorrow night in Medicine Hat in the 2nd half of the home-and-home set.

To close,  It's easy to blow this game off as "just a pre-season game" but there isn't a magic switch you can just turn on once the regular season hits.  

The Broncos have grown accustom to good starts to begin the season.  They will need to simplify their game and limit the turnovers and mistakes that we've been seeing if they hope to continue the trend.


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