Friday, October 09, 2009

Drive for Five

Not since 1997 have the Broncos got out to a 4-0 start on home ice as they prepare to host the Moose Jaw Warriors tonight at the Credit Union i-plex.

The Broncos shoot for their fifth straight win at home to begin the season as they take on a much improved Moose Jaw team that has one two in a row entering tonight's contest.

"They are pretty aggressive on the forecheck, they come at you physically. They've got some high end kids in Howden and Bast plus Hamonic on the back-end who can hurt you. It's a team to be reckoned with for sure." - Assistant Coach Tim Kehler.

With that said the Broncos won the season opener against Moose Jaw 6-5 after getting out to a 4-0 first period lead and chasing starting goaltender Jeff Bosch.

The Broncos have beaten the Warriors in seven straight meetings going back to last year and an incredible 14 of the last 15 meetings.

To be fair, the Warriors haven't received the strongest of goaltending in those match-ups. I'd venture Warrior goaltending has posted a .820 save percentage and have gone through 10 goaltender yanks in those head-to-head meetings.

Safe to say the Warriors just haven't gotten "the save" against the Broncos. I'm sure Head Coach Dave Hunchak would agree whole-heartily. Something to ask perhaps in our pre-game show.

Will the trend continue?

Personally I think the Warriors are a "Ryan Holfeld" away from being a real force.

The Broncos are feeling good about their game on home ice according to F Mike Brown.

"We have had good starts to games and have worked hard. Maybe we've tailed off as the game moves on. We've played a solid 60 minutes, we will have to go at them (Warriors) hard."

Face-off is set for 7:30pm as the Broncos begin a busy weekend with home games tonight, tomorrow and Monday afternoon.

F Dane Muench could make his return to the line-up after missing the last five games with injury. If not, you may see him at some point this weekend.

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In case you missed it, the Broncos were involved in that three-way deal with Chilliwack and Seattle Thursday.

The Broncos picked up 18 year-old D Scott Ramsay from Chilliwack as their recent house-cleaning continues. They then one-touched him to Seattle for 16 year-old prospect F Robbie Newton.

Newton is a good looking prospect at 6'2, 180 pounds. He's off to a good start with the Saskatoon "AAA" Contacts and will further add to the prospects depth the team has added recently.

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Have a good long weekend... I'll blog from time-to-time I'm assuming over the course of the next three days.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jon


2 comments:

Tyler said...

Newton is 16, not 15? I read one posting that he was 15. If he is 16, will we see him in a Broncos Uniform this season or will he be devoloping with the Contact all season?

Anonymous said...

I heard that they will keep him in Saskatoon this year (barring a huge rash of injuries of course) and we will see him in camp next year.