Highlights of The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey on The Eagle 94.1 (Download)
Post-Game Interviews with Darren Evjen and Zac Mackay (Download)
Pre-Game Interview with Coda Gordon (Download)
Pre-Game Interview with Mark Lamb (Download)
Pre-Game Interview with Pats Assistant Coach Josh Dixon (Download)
Pre-Game Interview with Pats F Adam Rossignol (Download)
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It was a bad case of deja-vu for the Broncos on Wednesday, but one that was even harder to figure out. When Swift Current couldn’t hold a 3-0 lead against Moose Jaw last Friday it was in a game in which they didn’t play well and couldn’t say out of the penalty box. In this game they were doing everything right and played as good a period of hockey as I’ve ever seen them play. They didn’t just dominate puck possession and the scoreboard, they also won two intense fights and were in complete control. I know the momentum of a hockey game can turn on a dime, but this one was a complete 180.
Give the Pats credit for not rolling over after they didn’t seem to even be in the game through the first 20 minutes. They didn’t give up and changed the momentum of the game. It was also maybe an indication of the Broncos getting a little too comfortable with their lead. Coach Evjen told us in the post-game show they were trying to do too much and getting into turnover trouble. The tide turned as the Broncos weren’t as hard on pucks as they normally are. They couldn’t get out of the mud they found themselves in.
It really came down to 13 bad minutes of hockey costing the Broncos 2 points. They got things back under control and played a solid third period. Regina had some good puck possession time in the period, but were held almost exclusively to the outside and only had 5 shots. However, when you let a team get back to within a goal all it takes is one play. Dyson Stevenson made a quick move on a faceoff in the offensive zone and was able to steer the puck off Trent Oulette to force overtime. Letting the Pats back in the game in the second period opened the door for one play to take away the win.
The Broncos have been through a couple of important lessons in their first three games. Last season expectations weren’t high and every small victory was greeted with a certain amount of respect for the gumption they played with. Now higher expectations will lead to more intense scrutiny. Now if they are going to be a good team they have to go from being the team never giving up on games they’re behind in to the team that finds a way to step on a team’s throat when they have them in a hole. The good news is they have shown they can play a dominant brand of hockey and take control of games. Leads aren’t ever safe in sports, but if you’re going to be a team that makes some noise you can’t afford to give up 3 goal leads more than once in a blue moon. They’re going to have to keep working on a killer instinct in those situations.
4 out of 6 points in 3 games would feel a lot better if they got 2 wins instead of a win and 2 overtime losses. That doesn’t change the fact that 4 out of 6 points is still a good result to start the season and it also doesn’t change the fact that this team was in a position win all three games they’ve played thus far. There is a lot to build on.
It’s also worth noting that the team can’t help but miss Reece Scarlett and Dillon Heatherington from their lineup. That doesn’t mean the Broncos don’t have impressive depth on D to cover those holes, it just means that any team is going to improve with Scarlett and Heatherington on the ice. It’s one thing to lose one of your top guys, but when both members of your top pairing are sitting out it’s going to take a bite out of any team. Heatherington was sick and Scarlett shouldn’t be out too long. We’ll see where they’re at for Friday.
Congrats to Zac Mackay on scoring his first WHL goal. That’s a great moment for any player is I’m sure especially memorable for a guy who does it in front of his friends and family with a team he grew up cheering for. It was a nice moment and part of what was, no matter how much of a let down the result was for the fans, another entertaining night of hockey at the Credit Union iPlex. That entertainment value should stay high against what appears to be a high-powered Brandon offence on Friday (16 goals in their last 2 games) and the Memorial Cup host Saskatoon Blades on Saturday.