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Post-Game with Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen (Download)
Game Highlights from Broncos Hockey on The Eagle 94.1 FM (Dowload)
Intermission with Columbus Blue Jackets Scout Andy Schneider (Download)
Pre-Game with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb (Download)
Pre-Game with Warriors Coach Mike Stothers (Download)
Five Minute Major with former Bronco Taylor Vause (Download)
Player’s Perspective with Broncos F Jake DeBrusk (Download)
Player’s Perspective with Broncos F Glenn Gawdin (Download)
- Crunch of the Game: Brycen Martin
- Tough Guy of the Game: Tanner LeSann
- Unsung Hero: Bobby Zinkan
- Game Shifter: Cave’s goal
As Darren Evjen said in the post-game show this was a game where the Broncos certainly showed rust early. They hadn’t played a full game since September 5th and you could see that in their play. At the same time Moose Jaw played a good, aggressive game in the first and got a couple of power plays to help them get the majority of the scoring chances.
Justin Paulic’s play of the puck on the power play was a discussion point as he certainly made it difficult for the Broncos to get their full change comfortably when clearing the puck, but at the same time it came back to bite the Warriors because their defencemen were waiting for Paulic to play the puck before Cave stole it and scored shorthanded. That was a boost for the Broncos who went into the dressing room tied and quickly scored to take the lead early in the second period.
Swift Current for sure got better as the game went along and the line juggling by Coach Lamb in the second period seemed to have a positive impact. Uniting Johnson and Sanvido again seemed to spark them offensively and as Evjen pointed out the move back to centre just seemed to suit Zac Mackay’s game better.
Sanvido made a really nice pass to Merkley (who showed a goal scorer’s touch with his finish) and took a good looking shot to make it 3-1. He has talked about wanting to take his game to another level in Swift Current and Coach Lamb had talked about Sanvido’s untapped potential… he seems to be showing that in pre-season at least. Looking back at this last two pre-seasons in Seattle he has never scored at this pace. He had a goal and an assist in 4 games last season and 6 assists in 5 games the year before. This time around he has cored 5 times in 5 games and added a couple of assists in the process. Perhaps he’s finding his goal scoring confidence again at the right time.
We talked about Bobby Zinkan on the broadcast and named him our unsung hero of the game. He just looks like a different player out there right now. His confidence level is obviously higher with and without the puck. I also liked how when Rossignol gave Honka a little bit of a shot after the buzzer in the second period that Zinkan made sure to go and get in his face. He’s showing that gritty side too. As much as Martin and Honka have been the talk of exhibition on the blue line, Zinkan has quietly put up 4 points and a team leading +7.
Landon Bow also looks like someone who has found another gear and an extra level of confidence. His 2.35 goals against average and 0.931 save percentage are among the better numbers in the league in exhibition play. It’s only 3 games but he has made some big stops and looked very steady. He’ll have to be as the Broncos won’t have Eetu Laurikainen for the start of the season. He is back in Finland taking care of his schooling and will miss both ends of the regular season opening home and home with Regina.
In terms of the bubble guys/rookies I thought that was one of the better games I’d seen Jordan Wittman play. He did some little things right and you can certainly see the potential in him. Guys like DeBrusk and Gawdin continue to stand out every game even when they don’t score they buzz around the net and make an impact. I thought Bevan was solid for the Broncos also. Those guys aren’t making the decisions easy for the coaching staff and I’m sure some of the returning guys are even nervous at this point.
LeSann and Tyler Bell had a nice scrap. Bell landed a couple to start and LeSann fired back with some big blows to the side of the head. He may have put on some weight in the summer, but LeSann is still always giving up size and strength in fights and more than holding his own. Is there anyone in the league that is pound for pound tougher?
I could talk about everyone but those are some thoughts from last night. We can assume from the interview with Coach Lamb that the guys who were out last night will draw back in so I would expect Arnold and Lajoie in the lineup. Anyone on the bubble better come to play tonight. Whether it’s a rookie or a veteran… those decisions are going to get made soon and this is the last pre-season chance to show the coaching staff you belong in the lineup on opening night.
It’s been heated against Moose Jaw even in the pre-season and I expect that will continue tonight. The rivalry had really been pretty good in recent years and I think this season will be no different. The two teams really don’t seem to like each other on the ice. They both play gritty, hard-working games and they’re almost always worth the price of admission.
We’ve got the broadcast of tonight’s final pre-season game on The Eagle 94.1 FM starting at 6:30pm with our pre-game show. The regular season opens on Thursday in Regina and the home opener is Saturday against the Pats. It’s going to be quite a party both during the game and with the after party. Last year was one of the funnest night’s of the year so you don’t want to miss out on that.