Saturday, March 20, 2010

Wheat Kings Take 2-0 Lead

Jay Fehr's goal with 5:06 to play broke a 3-3 third period tie as the Wheat Kings added another late for a 5-3 win and now a 2-0 series lead.

The Broncos didn't play very well through two periods but only found themselves down 1-0. The score maybe flattered the visitors a little but regardless the Broncos were still in one.

Cody Eakin tied it on a shorthanded break for his first of the playoffs at 3:55 to give the Broncos a lift. On the same powerplay, the Wheat Kings Aaron Lewadniuk (who was their best player yet not awarded a star in the building) back-handed a loose puck from the slot to restore the one-goal lead.

The Wheat Kings added another on the PP at 7:22 on a funny one. The shot by Travis Hamonic flew over the Broncos goal and bounced back off the glass in front. It looked like it was gloved in by Toni Rajala. The officials went upstairs and it was deemed a good goal. Hamonic getting the credit.

The Broncos fought back thanks to goals from Justin Dowling at 8:41 and then just 1:39 later, Stepan Novotny tied it as he banged home the puck into an empty-net on the doorstep.

The 3-3 was short lived as Brandon has a way of elevating their game when they have to. When the pressure is put on them, they have an extra gear most teams don't have.

Jay Fehr scored the go-ahead goal at 14:54 and Aaron Lewadniuk added the insurance marker with 1:05 to play another rebound-drive-the-net type goal.

Brandon was given eight powerplay opportunities on a night where the officials didn't have many friends - on both sides. The Wheaties made good on three of their chances going 3/8. The Broncos can't afford that.

The Broncos fought hard but in the end, played well enough just to keep it close.


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There's no doubt there's some Bronco players that have to check-in to this series. There's a group of five or six passengers.

All 20 have to be on board or forget it.

See you in Regina everybody.

Jon

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Was something blocking your view of the jumbotron? How could you not see that your player(Verdino?) threw it in your own net, not Rajala!

Big Mike

Anonymous said...

Should have traded for the furture, instead of holding onto Eakin who will be in the A next year. Oh well, enjoy in the next two games the last 2 games.

Jon Keen said...

Eakin can only play in the NHL or with the Broncos. He will only be 19 next season.

Jon Keen said...

Big Mike, so why did Rajala celebrate and point to himself like it was his goal?

Anonymous said...

Uhh Jon, what does Rajala's post goal actions have to do with what actually happened. I did not notice this post goal reaction as you did, but even if it did happen, I don't understand the logic behind your argument. As Big Mike stated, the video replay on the big screen which is directly in front of you clearly showed the puck went off the Swift Current player's glove. Thus why the goal counted when it went to video review.

Bully73

O said...

Another Anon poster that doesn't know what he's talking about. That's why he/she uses anonymous, embarrasses themselves all the time.

Tyler said...

I watched the game on web tv and they had some replays of it. Brandon's stick was there and they were considering a high stick but in actuality, I felt the puck hit Verdino's glove...I say this and I'm a Bronco's fan.

Anonymous said...

Why are you arguing about it? Who cares? Goal was good Broncos lost, Brandon won. Game 3 anyone?