Former Edmonton Oiler player and coach Craig MacTavish is joining the Broncos later today.... more on that below this post.....
The Broncos head into Moose Jaw tonight to play the Warriors. The Broncos lead the season series 4-1 but are struggling as they begin a new week.
Goaltending has been thrust into the spotlight with the recent merry-go-round in the Broncos crease. Both Morgan Clark and Mark Friesen are handling the added pressure well.
The two were praised for the Broncos December winning streak but now find themselves on the other side of it.
"We're not different goalies then we were when we where making those extra saves, we're the same guys and we know that. We just have to keep our heads up and keep battling," commented Clark after practice Monday.
G Mark Friesen says it's a team game.
"That's the way it is sometimes. It doesn't matter what's going on, we win and lose as a team. There are good games and bad games. No one in the dressing room is pointing the finger at each other. It's a team effort."
The two 'tenders have become mirror images of each other. Morgan Clark's 3.26 GAA and his .894 save % is nearly identical to Friesen's 3.27 GAA and .894 save % split between here and the Chilliwack Bruins.
I spoke with top Broncos prospect F Evan Richardson last night. the Nanaimo, BC native is having a great season with the North Island Silvertips of the B.C. Major Midget League. He remains the Broncos top recruiting priority.
He will be our guest on tonight's pre-game show from Moose Jaw. Richardson was slated to join the team earlier this month but couldn't make it based on his exam schedule.
He plans to be at training camp in August. His future though is still very much undecided.
Junior "A" and the NCAA route is very much a possibility.
You can hear our chat tonight at 6:30pm before the Broncos/Warriors game.
The lack of emergency lighting at the Credit Union i-plex was addressed at Swift Current City Council last night...
Director of Recreation and Parks Dean Robson addressed the issue during a six-minute media scrum after the meeting. He did have this to stay in regards to the issue which was at the fore front Saturday night during an hour long power outage at the Broncos/Pats game.
"As I understand it, we have two systems in there. One is the old system which has been there a number of years. The old emergency lighting came on as well but wasn't as bright as the new expansion emergency lighting when we did the expansion. Both systems are tested. Those areas will be addressed."
He says the solution may be a simple one.
"It may be as simple as replacing all the batteries on the circuit line for the old lights over the arena but we take this very seriously not only with a World Curling event coming up but for any event."
He says it might be part of upcoming budget talks.
While we're on the subject... apparently this blog and Ryan Switzer's are becoming regular stops for the city's mayor and councillors. Easy fellas, this is just a sports blog not cnn.com.
But I do have one question. What is with all the little note passing back and forth in council chambers during meetings? Where's the teacher to intercept the note and read it in front of the class?
The city has been taking some heat about the lack of snow removal lately. Ryan addressed that issue yesterday. Scroll down a bit on his blog to see what that's about.
One more city related note, has Stacey Ellertson fallen of the face of the earth? Has there been any post-election sightings?
I still think an internet orientated TMZ Swift Current would be a hit... maybe that's a new business venture for someone?
More on Craig MacTavish joining the Broncos below.
Talk to you tonight from Moose Jaw.....