The Broncos played a solid game, but in the end it wasn’t enough to get a win, let alone a point in Medicine Hat.
The Broncos outshot the rival Tigers 35-22, including 17-6 in the third period but Tyler Bunz made some timely saves in the third period to protect the lead.
Broncos Assistant Coach Tim Kehler joined us post-game and talked about the weekend.
“I think its two games were we deserved a better fate than what we ultimately got. To come away with only a point is disappointing based on our work rate, and the commitment right throughout our line-up. I really liked the offense we generated (in Medicine Hat) getting 35 shots in a tough place to play with 17 in the third period.
Against a team known for being fleet of foot, I thought we skated them into the ground in the final period. We got the chances we needed, they got some timely goals on some seeing-eye shots and things just weren’t going our way. It just seemed it wasn’t meant to be.”
The Broncos had several good chances late including Micheal Stickland being robbed right in front with 50 seconds to play as Bunz slid across to make the save.
“The only concern from the coaching staff is when the kids put out like they have through two games, when you only come away with one point, you don’t want the guys to be discouraged and think maybe there is another way to be successful because what we’re doing will make us a successful and effective team.”
The Broncos got their goals from Adam Lowry, Mike Brown and Cody Eakin. Eakin also dropped the gloves with Mathew Konan after an awkward hit delivered to Michael Stickland in the 2nd period.
Eakin took an instigator penalty that had him miss most of the 2nd period due to 17 minutes in penalties with the misconduct.
The Broncos fall to 0-4-0-1 on the road and will now host Kamloops Wednesday in their next game.
To make good on a lost bet, I did wear the Tigers jersey up in the booth for the 1st period. I have pics to prove it. Orange is a not a good look for me.
Perhaps what was more frustrating is what happened after the game as the Broncos encountered bus problems for the 2nd time this trip.
An hour and a half later and with now working headlights or signal lights, the Trax bus outfit sent a bus over to help us out. An assist to the Tigers Bob Ridley who helped set it up. Thanks Rids.