There seem to always be lots of connections between the Swift Current Broncos and Kelowna Rockets. That is as true as ever heading into their game tonight.
Broncos legend Dan Lambert is the new head coach in Kelowna, former Broncos assistant coach (one of the architects of the Memorial Cup winning team) Lorne Frey is the director of scouting and assistant GM of the Rockets, former Broncos broadcaster Regan Bartel does that same job in Kelowna and Swift Current product Colton Heffley is playing his overage season with the Rockets.
If that isn’t enough it is also a battle of the Merkley brothers with the veteran Jay and his Broncos against the sophomore Nick and his Rockets. Both Merkleys have been making waves in the WHL this season with Jay winning the first player of the week award and Nick moving up draft lists across the country with his continual stellar play.
All of that takes a backseat tonight as the Broncos focus simply on trying to prove they belong with the elite in the WHL. Swift Current is coming off a couple of hard earned wins over Vancouver and Victoria. Now they face an unbeaten Rockets club that could be the class of the league. Kelowna is hard to beat at home at the best of times let alone with a team this good. If Swift Current can pull of a win today that’s a huge boost moving forward and a major statement.
- Click here for Broncos official game notes
- Click here for my preview story from Swift Current Online
- Click here for Regan Bartel’s notes
- Click here for Colin’s story on Adam Lowry making the NHL
Expect a very similar lineup for the Broncos tonight if not identical. They will see if the same group can keep them headed in the right direction before the long bus ride home and a couple of games at the Credit Union iPlex this weekend.
As much as I’m enjoying this gorgeous BC weather and scenery I can’t wait to get home to my family tomorrow. It’s good to get this trip out of the way now and I bet the team is going to come out of it much closer thanks to all this time together. Now we see if they can finish on a high.