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Wednesday, 14 November 2012 15:13

Sakic, Sundin reconnect at Hall of Fame ceremony

Written by  Brad Brown, Broncos' Notebook
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Mats Sundin and Swift Current Broncos legend Joe Sakic spent four years as teammates with the Quebec Nordiques, combining for 288 goals and 734 points.Monday they connected once more at the Hockey Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony, and were united forever as part of the Hall’s class of 2012. Sakic and Sundin were joined Monday by fellow ex-players Adam Oates and Pavel Bure.


Sakic put up 293 points in two seasons with the Broncos from 1986-88 before embarking on a 20-year pro career, all spent with the Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche organization.
He retired in 2008 with 1,641 NHL points, two Stanley Cups and one Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player.
The Broncos inducted Sakic to their own Hall of Fame in 2011.
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It was a Black Monday for Team WHL and the Subway Super Series, as it was announced Broncos centre Graham Black would be playing in Games 5 and 6 of the series this week.
Black had only been scheduled to play in Game 6 on Thursday in Victoria but drew into Wednesday’s lineup in Vancouver as an injury replacement.
Broncos’ captain Adam Lowry also had his number called for both games and Monday was named team captain for Game 6.
Lowry’s father Dave, head coach of the Victoria Royals, was slated to be an assistant coach for the WHL in Thursday’s game.
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Who better to have the puck when you need a clutch goal than a guy who hasn’t scored in over a month?
Broncos forward Josh Derko snapped a 19-game goal-less drought Sunday in Brandon when he scored the game winner late in the second period of a 3-2 road win.
Coda Gordon’s game winner midway through the second Saturday was also a slump buster — he’d gone 11 games without a goal — as the Broncos held on for a 4-1 home win over Prince Albert.
“There’s always that kind of pressure,” said Gordon, who backhanded home a rebound off Richard Nedomlel’s point shot. “I was just lucky the bounce worked out in my favour.”
Another Bronco to bust a scoring funk was over-age forward Ryon Moser capped the Broncos’ scoring Saturday with his first goal in 15 games.
Zac MacKay ended a 17-game slump with a goal Nov. 7 in a 6-5 loss to P.A., and Colby Cave had a hat trick in the same game after scoring just once in 14 games prior.
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Swift Current’s win Saturday was a rare victory at the Credit Union iplex.
Through nearly a third of the season they have won just five times in 14 tries at home, compared with four wins in nine road games. Only the Saskatoon Blades, Kootenay Ice and Everett Silvertips have a lower winning percentage at home.
The good news for the Broncos is they are about to embark on a three-game Alberta road swing, with games Saturday against the Red Deer Rebels, Sunday against the Calgary Hitmen and Tuesday against the Edmonton Oil Kings.
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The Broncos will hit the road without the services of 19-year-old centre Brent Benson.
Benson was injured Nov. 7 on an open-ice hit from Raiders defenceman Evan Morden and did not play in either of last weekend’s games.
Broncos head coach Mark Lamb said Sunday that Benson is week-to-week with an upper-body injury.
After two injury-plagued seasons the Broncos have been more fortunate this year, losing just five man-games to injury and three more to illness so far.

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