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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:22

Broncos' powerplay suffering severe power outage

Written by  Brad Brown, Broncos' Notebook
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The Swift Current Broncos’ struggles at even strength caught up with them again on their three-game Alberta road trip.
With power play opportunities few and far between, so were Broncos goals.


Swift Current lost 2-1 Saturday to the Red Deer Rebels, 4-2 Sunday to the Calgary Hitmen, and 2-1 Tuesday to the Edmonton Oil Kings.
The Broncos have the worst five-on-five offence in the Western Hockey League, scoring just 56.3 per cent of their goals (40 of 71) at even strength this year.
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The road trip dropped the Broncos (9-12-3-2) from sixth to ninth in the Eastern Conference as the Brandon Wheat Kings, Regina Pats and Red Deer all passed Swift Current in the standings.
They’ll try to get back on track Tuesday in the first half of a divisional home-and-home set against Brandon at the Credit Union iplex.
The teams play in Brandon on Wednesday, and again in Swift Current on Dec. 1.
Sandwiched between those games, Nov. 30, the Broncos will host the Spokane Chiefs to wrap up their commitments with the U.S. Division for the season.
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Saturday’s loss to Calgary was the 100th WHL game for Broncos centre Graham Black, who celebrated by scoring both Swift Current goals.
It was his second two-goal game of the season and fourth of his WHL career.
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Broncos centre Brent Benson sat out the road trip as he recovers from a concussion suffered Nov. 7 in Prince Albert.
He’s officially listed as week-to-week with the ever-mysterious “upper-body injury” that’s ravaging the WHL and hockey leagues everywhere.
Benson was acquired in October for defenceman Graeme Craig and has five assists in 21 games this year.
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Brycen Martin is Quebec-bound.
The 16-year-old rookie Broncos defenceman was named Nov. 16 to Team Pacific for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, which is scheduled for Dec. 29-Jan. 4 in Drummondville and Victoriaville, Que.
Martin will likely be out of the Broncos’ lineup for five games as a result — Dec. 28 and 29 against Medicine Hat, Jan. 1 and 5 against Lethbridge, and Jan. 4 against Kootenay.
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Tell us how you really feel, Ian White.
The former Swift Current Broncos defenceman, now a member of the Detroit Red Wings, teed off on NHL commissioner Gary Bettman over the league’s ongoing lockout of its players.
“I gotta be honest, I personally think he’s an idiot,” White told Detroit media after a Nov. 16 workout. “Since he’s come in, I think he’s done nothing but damage the game.”
White played four seasons with the Broncos from 2000-04 and broke into the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2005.
He was traded from Toronto to the Calgary Flames in 2010 and went on to play with the Carolina Hurricanes and San Jose Sharks too before settling in last season with Detroit.

Milestone Watch
*up to and including games of Nov. 22
Colby Cave—3 games from 100 for his WHL career
Reece Scarlett—6 points from 100 for his WHL career
Coda Gordon—7 games from 100 for his WHL career
Daniel Dale—9 games from 100 for his WHL career
Adam Lowry—11 games from 200 for his WHL career; 13 assists from 100 for his WHL career

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