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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 16:02

New horses for the Broncos’ stable?

Written by  Brad Brown
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Are the winds of change blowing through the Swift Current Broncos’ stable?

On the heels of Saturday’s deflating 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings, Broncos head coach and general manager Mark Lamb indicated a shakeup may be on the horizon.
“There’s certain things we’ve done that haven’t worked out and there’s some things that are on the table right now,” said Lamb. “It could happen tonight, it could happen tomorrow, it could happen in two weeks. It’s hard to say.”
What wasn’t hard to say was how Lamb felt about Saturday’s game, which followed an inspired 4-3 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds the night before at the Credit Union iplex.
Edmonton needed 15 minutes to register its first shot and spent most of the game scrambling in its own end.
But if there was a moral victory to be had from dominating the defending WHL champs for most of Saturday’s game, Lamb wasn’t taking it.
The game was a chance for the Broncos to move into second place in the WHL’s East Division but instead dropped them to 7-8-3-2.
“It’s very disappointing that we lost that game,” he said. “They’re a top team in the league ... and we did a lot of good things, and then we just give it to them on a platter at the end. Just totally give it to them. It’s very disappointing.
“For how hard this team played, for how hard some of the guys played, it’s very frustrating.”
Oil Kings’ sniper Michael St. Croix one-timed the game winner home midway through the third period after 19-year-old Broncos defenceman Richard Nedomlel chose to dipsy-doodle around him instead of passing to wide-open teammates Dalton Reum or Coda Gordon.
Nedomlel instead coughed up the puck to Edmonton’s Dylan Wruck, who promptly set up T.J. Foster’s one-timer pass to St. Croix.
“All you have to do is get the puck out then you try to do too much and turn it over against a team like that,” said Lamb. “You don’t even have to be a real skill team to put that in when it’s two-on-oh in front of our net.”
In the bigger picture, Lamb believes the Broncos as a whole played well last weekend and are on the cusp of becoming a consistent threat every night.
Some of that stems from 19-year-old Graham Black’s move to the top line, where he is centering Adam Lowry and Coda Gordon.
Swift Current’s top three offensive threats rediscovered their finish against Seattle, combining for three goals and three assists.

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