The Swift Current Broncos wrapped a their five-game homestand with what they are calling there best defensive effort of the season.
The Broncos defeated the road wearing Kootenay Ice 3-1 allowing only 17 shots in the contest.
The home-team broke open a scoreless game in the 2nd period with goals from Brad Hoban and Derek Claffey while out-shooting the Ice 18-4.
Geordie Wudrick converted on a 2-on-1 with Justin Dowling in the opening minute of the 3rd period. Brayden McNabb broke Morgan Clark's shutout bid at 6:48 of the third period with a shot that deflected off a Bronco defenseman.
Brad Hoban spoke about the win in the Wiens' Agritec post-game show.
"I thought as a team we played a real solid game. We knew they would try and slow it down and make it a dead kind of game. They are a hard-working team but that's definitely the best defensive effort we've had this year."
Local product F Andy Blanke is trying to make the most of his limited ice-time in a 4th line role. Andy played a physical game and dished out a couple of big hits.
"I guess I'll just go out there and take every shift as it comes and do whatever the coaches want me to do. (I'll) try to make an impact every shift and work hard...that's how I've always been taught."
Assitant Coach Tim Kehler shared his thoughts:
"It was just a real business-like effort. The 2nd period was a great set-up period for us where we pushed the tempo offensively and did so without giving up anything defensively. No penalties in the period and no opportunity for a team that wanted to be a counter-punch, rope-a-dope type team with not a lot of energy and some key players missing. We just never game them an opportunity to create anything in transition or easy man-power advantage plays. It was just a real efficient game from our group."
The Broncos won't play until Saturday night in Edmonton against the Oil Kings. The team will get to Edmonton Friday night in time to take in the Oilers/Minnesota Wild game courtesy the Oilers and Mark Lamb.
Apparently Broncos Head Coach/GM Mark Lamb is pulling out his all-access Oilers card from the mid to late 80's that gets you anything you want in the City of Champions. It will be a nice treat for the guys to begin the weekend.
October 18th is a day I've had circled on my calendar - but for all the wrong reasons.
I won't back-out of a bet I made with Medicine Hat CHAT-TV's Rhonda Carlson last year in the playoffs.
Hopefully Dave, Mike or Tim from the Tigers office can supply me with a Tigers jersey to don in the broadcast booth Sunday in Medicine Hat.
If you can remember back to March, Rhonda and I made a "jersey bet". The losing party had to wear the other team's jersey on the air. Being a TV anchor, she had more to lose than I did but accepted anyways. The series went seven games with Medicine Hat taking the decider.
I still think Rhonda looks better in Bronco colors than I ever would in orange and black. (original photo may be slightly altered below)
The bet made for some good chatter around the series with Rhonda appearing on our Eagle 94.1 FM morning show a couple times and vice-versa.
I'll follow through on my commitment. I may even post a picture on the blog. Rhonda if you're at the game Sunday come on up to the broadcast booth for a photo op.
Broncos Head Coach / GM Mark Lamb departed for Kelowna this morning for General Manager meetings. There is some interesting items on the agenda. It will be Mark's first taste of all the General Manager's in one room together.
Don't be surprised if some deals shake-out of the tree over the next couple days around the league especially with the deadline to get down to three 20 year-olds set for Thursday.
Have a great week,