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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 15:45

Broncos are galloping in the wrong direction

Written by  Brad Brown, A Bard's Eye View
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The Swift Current Broncos’ scoring touch is dressing up like a ghost for Halloween, as the team emerged from its busiest stretch of the season so far with five goals in five games.


Playing five games in seven nights they fell 3-1 to the Everett Silvertips Oct. 17, beat the Saskatoon Blades 2-1 on Oct. 19, and closed out a four-game homestand Saturday with a 2-1 loss to the Tri-City Americans.
Sunday they lost 5-1 in Prince Albert to the Raiders and finished Tuesday at home with a lifeless 4-0 loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
All told, it left the Broncos with a 5-6-3-1 record for the season, good for third place in the WHL’s East Division.
What remained of Swift Current’s offence was led by 20-year-old winger Chance Lund, who put up points in the first three games of the five-game set.
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Fatigue should not be accepted as an excuse for the Broncos’ loss to Prince Albert.
As of Monday, teams in the last match of a three-games-in-three-nights stretch had a 5-4 win-loss record this year.
Teams in the finale of a four-in-five stretch were 9-5.
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And then there was one.
When rookie Broncos forward Tanner LeSann was penalized for checking from behind in Saturday’s loss to Tri-City, it left the Seattle Thunderbirds as the only team not yet called for one of hockey’s cardinal sins — checking from behind or checking to the head.
Prior to Saturday the Broncos had gone 12 straight games without taking a penalty of either type.
Medicine Hat is the only other team without a CFB while five teams other than Seattle have yet to be called for a check to the head.
At the other end of the spectrum the Kamloops Blazers lead the league with six CFB’s while Lethbridge and Prince George have each been called four times for checking to the head.
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Oct. 17 was a big day for five Swift Current Broncos prospects as they learned they will play in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup next week in Calgary.
Defenceman Maxime Lajoie will represent the Calgary Royals on Team Alberta.
First-round Bantam Draft pick Glenn Gawdin of the Vancouver Canadians will play for Team B.C.
Forward Jackson Keane of the Winnipeg Wild will join Team Manitoba.
Forwards Wyatt Sloboshan (Saskatoon Contacts) and Brandan Arnold (Tisdale Trojans) will suit up for Saskatchewan.
The tournament of the top 1997-born players in each province runs Nov. 1-4.
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The Broncos’ per-game average of 2154 fans (before Tuesday’s visit from Lethbridge) is marginally higher than the 2142 they averaged through 10 games last season. The last time the Broncos averaged more fans was 2008-09 when they drew 2224 per game through the same time frame.
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Upcoming games:  Tonight at Kootenay Ice; Saturday at Lethbridge Hurricanes; Tuesday at Prince Albert Raiders; Nov. 2 vs. Seattle Thunderbirds; Nov. 3 vs. Edmonton Oil Kings.

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