Tuesday, August 10, 2010
It all begins tomorrow night at Mitchell Field.
The Swift Current Indians will host the Regina Red Sox in game one of the championship series. Regina advanced with a winner-take-all 11-1 win over Moose Jaw.
The Indians will host games one and two tomorrow and Thursday at Mitchell Field before the series shifts to Regina.
The Indians won three of four in the regular season against the Red Sox. Many are dubbing it a pitching vs hitting match-up with the Indians having a deep, solid staff while the Red Sox feature a potent offensive line-up.
I think everyone was expecting a move in the Broncos crease leading up to training camp. Yesterday, they moved G Morgan Clark to Prince George for a 7th round bantam pick.
I'll go on the record to say Clark was a huge reason the Broncos got into the playoffs last season. He was one of the best goaltenders in the league after the trade deadline. He got on a roll and was brilliant for the team.
If he can pick up where he left off in Prince George the Cougars will get some solid 'tending.
The Broncos have a goaltender pipeline to PG. A few years back they dealt G Ian Curtis to the Cougars. in 2003/04 they sent G Todd Ford to the Cougars for F Tyler Redenbach.
The Broncos are down to four 20 year-olds on the roster with G Mark Friesen, F Justin Dowling, F Stepan Novotny and D Travis Bobbee.
One thing former Bronco Head Coach / GM Dean Chynoweth taught me is that the 20 year-old situation has a way of figuring itself out. Likely, the Broncos won't be forced into a decision as pro hockey has a way of influencing the situation.
Heading into the 2008/09 season the Broncos had a formidable task of knocking down their 20's to three with the likes of Zack Smith, Dale Weise, Levi Nelson, Keegan Dansereau, Spencer McAvoy, David Steiler, Travis Yonkman and Jesse Dudas.
Nelson signed with the Boston Bruins at the end of the season. Weise and Smith were drafted and signed by New York and Ottawa. David Steiler was going to play hockey in the Czech Republic, Jesse Dudas blew out his knee at Oilers training camp and just like that the Broncos were down to Dansereau, McAvoy and Yonkman. Voila! 20 year-old situation solved.
Dudas returned just before the trade deadline but was promptly shipped to the Regina Pats for a 4th round bantam pick.
I'll be off the next few days. There likely won't be any updates from this corner of the internet until the weekend.
Have a good week..........