It appeared as if the Broncos were never going to beat Oil Kings G Torrie Jung on this night. Then 7:37 into the third period and on their 37th shot on goal, Justin Dowling tied it 1-1 to send the game to overtime and then the eventual shootout.
Jung would finish the night with 46 saves while Broncos G Morgan Clark made 28 stops in his first start in a month. Mark Friesen had started the last nine straight games.
Cody Eakin scored in the first round of the shootout and Clark kept all three Oil King shooters at bay for the shootout win.
The Broncos have won six of their last seven games but haven't really made any jump in the standings.
Next action, in Saskatoon Tuesday night.
Broncos F Taylor Vause is in Calgary and had surgery today on a broken finger sustained against the Red Deer Rebels.
Taylor's ring finger nearly disintegrated blocking a shot in the 3rd period. The finger is ok but the injury could keep him out a month.
Alright, hold on to your hats for WHL trade deadline day. Who knows what the day will bring. I'll keep you posted here if the Broncos do anything today.
There's a feeling that a few deals around the league may be done, but the teams involved had to get through the weekend games before they could officially sign off on the trades.
More later, stay tuned.
Finally, former Bronco captain Zack Smith played in his 2nd career NHL game after being called up by the Ottawa Senators. He got in a fight with Bryan Allen and apparently got a plug from Don Cherry on Hockey Night in Canada.
Smith, the Maple Creek native is expected to play tonight in Carolina.
Thanks to Melinda for the updates....