Broncos Claim Kristian Ferletak, Bow CHL Goalie of the Week, Lamb Interview

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Landon Bow (photo from scbroncos.com)

Another big day for the Swift Current Broncos. First they claimed Slovakian forward Kristian Ferletak on waivers from the Vitoria Royals and then goaltender Landon Bow was announced as the CHL Goaltender of the Week. It’s a well deserved honour for the third year netminder as he stopped all 51 shots he faced over the weekend in back-to-back shutouts after helping keep the Broncos in a loss to Kelowna earlier in the week.

As for Ferletak, he was made available when Victoria filled their import slots with a waiver claim of their own. Thus far the 18-year-old hasn’t found the score sheet in his brief WHL career, but he already has a long history of playing for Slovakia internationally and brings what I’m told is a gritty game to the Broncos. I chatted with Mark Lamb about the addition earlier today.

Interview with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb

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To learn more about Ferletak you can click here for a story on him from a Victoria newspaper where he talks about liking to play that gritty style. You can click here for an interview he did with Royals radio voice Marlon Martens. He was a point per game player for HC Banska Bystrica U18 in 2012-13 before putting up 32 points in 44 games for Team Slovakia U18. He played for Slovakia in the U17, U18 and U20 tournaments. We don’t know how soon he will be in Swift Current. Expect to see him in Broncos colours soon as the team is missing Jay Merkley to illness and Cole Johnson to injury. The Broncos host Saskatoon tomorrow.

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Rigby ready for new challenge with Broncos

Carter Rigby

Carter Rigby

Click here for my article after talking with Carter Rigby before Saturday’s game. Here is the audio…

Interview with Broncos F Carter Rigby (before Saturday’s game)

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Post-Game Audio: Broncos 2 Americans 0

Coda Gordon (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Coda Gordon (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Click here for my game recap on Swift Current Online

That was a tremendous weekend for the Broncos. Despite the setbacks of losing Jay Merkley to illness and Cole Johnson to injury again, those were perhaps the most complete back-to-back defensive efforts I’ve seen from this team in recent times. They played structured and smart hockey with a commitment to their team game. It was also a great weekend for Landon Bow who continues to establish himself among the better goaltenders in the league. He is having a coming out party and showing no signs of slipping with a huge workload.

Carter Rigby fit in quite well. He plays a hard style, was physical and moved the puck well. Once Merkley is back that top six looks dynamite. I also thought the bottom six looked better than it had all year this weekend. Steenbergen with Mackay and LeSann has worked tremendously. They’ve had lots of energy and won a lot of pucks. Meanwhile, Odgers looks a lot more comfortable at centre and is building a bit of chemistry with Schumacher I think.

Nikkel this weekend had his best games as a Bronco and is really starting to fit in. If was a great weekend for the whole defensive crew. Jaydan Gordon had a solid showing in a few shifts as the 7th D and it’s good to see him get out there and get involved.

Lots to like this weekend. I also really enjoyed calling a game with former Broncos Associate Coach Darren Evjen. He had some great insight and I hope his pee wee team has an awesome season.

What did you think of the weekend? Here is the audio…

Post-Game with Josh Dixon, Coda Gordon and Landon Bow

Highlights of Broncos Hockey on The Eagle 94.1 FM

Pre-Game with Broncos F Carter Rigby

Pre-Game with Americans Coach Mike Williamson

Pre-Game with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb

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Post-Game Audio: Broncos 5 Ice 0

Photo by Darwin Knelsen

Photo by Darwin Knelsen

Click here for my recap of the game

Highlights of Broncos Hockey on The Eagle 94.1 FM

Post-Game with Jamie Heward and Colby Cave

Pre-Game with Ice Coach Ryan McGill

Pre-Game with Broncos F Cavin Leth

Pre-Game with Ice broadcaster Jeff Hollick

Pre-Game with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb

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Broncos/Americans Lineup

Coda Gordon (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Coda Gordon (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Our broadcast starts at 6:30pm on The Eagle 94.1 FM with puck drop at 7:05pm at the Credit Union iPlex. Click here to listen live online.

BRONCOS LINEUPS

Rigby/Cave/DeBrusk
Leth/Gawdin/Coda Gordon
Steenbergen/Mackay/LeSann
Schumacher/Odgers/Leone?

Heatherington/Martin
Nikkel/Lernout
Lajoie/Harris
Gordon?

Bow
Child

Scratches: Shmoorkoff, Merkley (sick), Andrew Johnson, Cole Johnson (inj), Leone or Gordon

AMERICANS LINEUP

Vickerman/Gutierrez/McCue
Nickles/Bowles/Williams
Purtill/Ty Comrie/Jackson Playfair
James/Krasheninnikov/Southam

Wotherspoon/Hamonic
Thrower/Carlo
Coghlan/Harris

Eric Comrie
Sarthou

Scratches: Ruthledge, O’Reilly, Topping, Lukin, Austyn Playfair, McAndrews

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Broncos/Ice Lineups

Glenn Gawdin (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Glenn Gawdin (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

BRONCOS LINEUP

DeBrusk/Cave/Merkley
Leth/Gawdin/Coda Gordon
Steenbergen/Mackay/LeSann
Cole Johnson/Odgers/Schumacher

Heatherington/Martin
Nikkel/Lernout
Lajoie/Harris

Bow
Child

Scratches: Shmoorkoff, Andrew Johnson, Leone, Rigby (travel), Jaydan Gordon

ICE LINEUP

Cable/Philp/Descheneau
Vetterl/Alfaro/Zborosky
Chynoweth/O’Connor/Beattie
Legien/Wellsby

King/Faith
Murray/Overdyk
Albee/Fleury
Steenbergen

Williams
Hoflin

Scratches: Martin, Loschiavo, Valiev, Bozon (travel)

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Broncos Add Rigby

Carter Rigby

Carter Rigby

Click here for my article on Swift Current Online

Click here for the Broncos press release

More thoughts later…

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