Broncos Head Coach/GM Mark Lamb shared his thoughts with me this week.
"It's all about preparation and getting ready for the task. We're ready for it. We know the type of team they have and it's very good. They have a solid four lines, good defense and good goaltending," stated Lamb.
"They are one of the best teams in the league and are hosting the Memorial Cup. It's going to be a tough task for us but I think we're ready for it."
As for how they feel heading into the opening round, he says they have some adversity but that's nothing knew.
"We're still a little beat-up but we've been beat up for the last month and we've played our best hockey in the last month. We have some confidence right now. We finished the season on a positive note and we expect to keep the ball rolling."
Who gets the call between the pipes?
The Broncos have still not named a starting goaltender for game one between Mark Friesen and Morgan Clark. That decision is expected some time today. Both teams have a similar situation with two veteran goaltenders that have pretty much split time in the 2nd half of the season.
As the series shifts to Regina, former colorman Ryan Switzer will join me in the broadcast booth. Regular colorman Tim Tisdale is down south on a golf vacation next week.
Ryan had this to say as he jumps back on the air with me for games three and four.
"These 'home games' in Regina will be a unique part of history for the Broncos and Swift Current. I'm looking forward to broadcasting this unique experience to the passionate fans back home. I'm just happy to be a part of it all."
If you can't make it to Regina for the games I guarantee the broadcast will be a lot of fun to listen to.
I'm not gonna lie, it's going to fun to roll around the Brandt Center. I'm looking forward to it for sure. We are attempting to have all our regular features too like the Eagle 94.1 countdown to face-off and the Eagle 94.1 warm-up.
Had a talk with Matt Tassone yesterday. Wearing a neck-brace Taz is still part of everything with the team although his season is likely over. He will make the trip to Brandon today to support his teammates.
I hope to have him on the broadcast at some point over the weekend.
To all the play-by-play broadcasters around the league, the WHL Radio Show works as good overtime intermission filler!
It's always a scramble sometimes to fill time during overtime intermissions, especially in a double or triple OT situations.
Anyways, it's there and ready to go guys.
And a congratulations to Vancouver Giants radio broadcaster/Director of Media Relations Morley Scott.
Morley has been named the next play-by-play announced for the Edmonton Eskimos and will be leaving his job with the Giants after one year.
This is a great move for Morley back home to Edmonton. He's been away from his family for the last year as they have remained in Edmonton while he moved to Vancouver for the Giants job.
Morley will be missed.
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