Sunday, October 04, 2009

Dowling; Eakin Score Beauties... Broncos Down Rebels

I sure hope it looked good on our WHL web-tv cast tonight... that way we will have some video evidence of a pair of dangles tonight courtesy Justin Dowling and Cody Eakin.

I think some WHL Plays of the Week lobbying will be in order this week....

Dowling got it started in the 1st period 6:29 in when he toe-dragged both Rebel defenseman and then scored on G Darcy Kuemper in tight on the back-hand.

Eakin's goal was late in the 2nd period as he dangled around another Rebels d-man and scored one-on-one against Kuemper.

Through four home games, the Broncos have scored some crowd-pleasing goals. I would say at least eight have been of the "wow" variety.

Eakin's goal made it 3-0 after two but the Rebels weren't about to go away. Back-to-back goals from Willie Coetzee at 1:45 and 6:29 cut the lead to 3-2. A couple of undisciplined penalties gave the Rebels ample opportunity to find the tying goal.

The Broncos Dillon Wagner scored an empty-netter in the final minute to put the game away. The Rebels thought the play should have been blown down for icing before Wagner picked up the puck - they were probably right.
The win pushes the Broncos to 4-0 on home ice. It's the first time since the 1997/98 season the team has won their first four home games. That year the Broncos won their first nine games on Civic Center ice.

Credit the Rebels, they could have packed in down 3-0 in the 2nd period after the grueling stretch they've been on lately. They were also missing key players F Landon Ferraro and D Alex Petrovic who is a stud on the back-end.

Rookie G Alex Sirard was solid, even sensational at times to back-stop the Broncos to the win. His 24 saves allowed him his first win of the season and his 2nd career WHL win.

Sirard even showed off some of his French in our post-game show. The native of Gatineau, Quebec could become a fan favorite in no time. Hey, let's face it, he's the closest player we have when it comes to WHL imports.

Derek Claffey was a horse on the back-end and picked up 3rd star honours. Taylor Vause scored on a first period PP and played a real solid game. Vause even put the Rebels Josh Cowen over the boards and into the bench on a solid check in the 2nd period. The fans sure appreciated it. Vause was chosen as the 1st star of the night.

The Broncos can say they are the best team at home in the WHL. No other team is 4-0 on home ice in the early goings. It's the road game where they've had their issues with. Thankfully, the Broncos will continue their five-game homestand Friday when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors in what is game three of five in a row at the Credit Union i-plex.

Good night,


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