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Mustangs Sweep Weekend Series With Broncos

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 31, 2010

The Melfort Mustangs looked as good as I have seen them all year this weekend as they capped off Saturday with a 7-2 win and outscored the Broncos 11-3 in the 2 games. That’s the type of effort that Melfort needs when playing teams like Flin Flon and Battlefords if they want to make a run in the playoffs. They are currently tied for 3rd in the Bauer Conference with La Ronge and they have 3 games in hand on the Ice Wolves. All their lines seem to be clicking right now. Other than a bad giveaway on Humboldt’s 1st goal, Melfort played great hockey. After the game, here is what assistant coach Trevor Blevins said. On the other side, one bright spot was Justin Buzzeo who scored all 3 Broncos goals this weekend. All 3 Humboldt coaches admitted that it was a total team collapse. Here is assistant coach Tim Klimosko had to say. He said several times that the players were finally going to start listening, not sure what happened in the dressing room after the game but he was very adamant about that point.

 The game did get rough at several times to build the rivalry which has been growing over the past couple years. It is at the point where it may have surpassed the Mefort-Nipawin rivalry which seems to have died in the past couple years. Melfort and Humboldt are now done with each other for the year (unless they meet in the playoffs). Both sides finished with 3 wins apiece. The Green & Gold remain 4 points up on the last place Nipawin Hawks in the Bauer but the Hawks have 2 games in hand now which they will use up in Battlefords tonight and Kindersley (Eston) tomorrow.

As I mentioned in a post before, I got Blake Hietala for my intermission interview. I wanted to hear his thoughts on committing to Michigan Tech. Congratulations Blake. That interview is on my “Interviews” page.

Dean Brockman told me before the game that their application for the 2012 RBC bid is in. He said it was tough to say who has the upper hand right now. I will try and get a hold of someone from Hockey Canada in the coming weeks to see if they can shed some light on where everything stands.

Next up for the 2 teams, Humboldt goes to Fin Flon and La Ronge on Tuesday and Wednesday (both CK750 broadcasts) while Melfort is at home to Flin Flon Friday as they try to avenge their loss last Tuesday.

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Mustangs Distance Themselves From Broncos

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 30, 2010

Sometimes, after a player gets a scholarship, he eases up a little bit knowing he has reached one of his ulitmate goals. That is not the case with Melfort’s Blake Hietala. He was a force in his first game since it was announced that he has committed to Michigan Tech University. Hietala had 2 goals and unselfishly passed up a scoring opportunity late by trying to set up a teammate. After all was said and done, the Mustangs beat the Broncos 4-1 and moved 5 points ahead of the Green & Gold in the standings. It was the first time this season that Melfort has defeated Humboldt in regulation time. The Broncos played well in the first period but the Mustangs took over in the 2nd and 3rd periods. After the game here is what Broncos assistant coach Murray Brookbank thought about their effort.

I interviewed Humboldt defenceman Garrett Leedahl which aired during the 1st intermission. He was playing in just his 2nd game since coming back to the Broncos from the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL. He has been out for a bit with an injury and is still getting back into game shape. You can check out what he had to say in the “Interviews” section of the website.

I apologized a couple times during the game last night and I’d like to do it again about being in commercial break during the Mustangs goal which took place 10 seconds into the 2nd period. I was waving and yelling at Curtis Howe not to drop the puck as there was still 2 minutes left in the intermission but unfortunately he didn’t see or hear me.

The loss makes tonight’s game even more crucial for the Broncos who have fallen 5 points behind the Mustangs in the Bauer Conference. A loss tonight could mean that they are simply fighting for 5th place with Nipawin instead of going for a home playoff berth in the playoffs. Melfort has their sights set on 3rd and maybe even 2nd place if the North Stars faulter slightly. The Stangs are just 2 points behind the 3rd place La Ronge Ice Wolves and also have 4 games in hand. Battlefords also plays tonight as they host the Notre Dame Hounds in what should be a very good game.

Tonight’s game at the EPA will be broadcast on CK750 starting at 7:15. Should be a good one.

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Hawkey Talk

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 29, 2010

Here is this week’s edition of Hawkey Talk which aired yesterday.

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Blake Hietala Scholarship

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 28, 2010

Congratualtions to Blake Hietala on his committment to Michigan Tech. Hietala will join former Mustang captain Tommy Brown on the squad. Hietala has compiled 25 goals and 23 assists in 47 games to lead the Stangs in scoring. The Huskies play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). There a total of 12 teams that play in the Conference. I may try and get some audio from him this weekend.

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Change In Date For Hawks Game

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 28, 2010

Just noticed that the league website and the Hawks website have not made any note of this so I thought I better relay this for fans that don’t know this already. Head coach Larry Wintoneak told me back on January 20th when I was doing a Melfort-Kindersley game that their game against Nipawin has been changed from Saturday January 30th to Monday February 1st. It will still be a CK750 broadcast at 7:00. The reason was they couldn’t get the ice time in Eston at that time.

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Hawks Can’t Hold Lead

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 28, 2010

Sorry this post is late but I am still feeling like I’m going to die. Not sure what’s wrong but I feel sick, have a headache, throat is really bad, ear ache and have the chills. It didn’t help that I had to be at work almost immediately after I got back from Melville this morning. This is rare because I NEVER get sick. Anyway, enough about me.

In the 1st period last night, the Nipawin Hawks played as good on the road as I have seen them this season. They only led it 1-0 but it could have been 4-0. By the end of the game, the Hawks hit 3 (and maybe 4) goal posts and also had multiple (at least 4 or 5) open nets but they either missed the net or had the puck bounce over their stick. The team played a little worse in the 2nd period and a lot worse in the 3rd. Assistant coach Duane Thorpe said the club followed the game plan to a tee in the 1st period but started doing their own things as the game went on.

Before the game started, Colin O’Hara changed the lines to shake things up. The biggest move was replacing Alexandre LeClerc on the top line with Jeff Lorenz. Lorenz was very good on faceoffs in the first couple periods but tailed off in the 3rd. The chemistry seemed pretty good for the most part on that line.

My interview in the 1st intermission was with defenceman Scott Brkich. You can listen to it by going to the “Interviews” section on the website. As for the pre-game show, if the background sounded choppy with Colin’s interview, there is a reason. We did it in 3 different areas. The story behind it was I grabbed him for an interview as he came out of Jamie Fiesel’s office. He was good enough to do it but the interview took too long and he had to make a quick break for the bathroom. Then we continued the interview in the stands but the music got too loud from the figure skating so we went down below where it was quieter only to have the zamboni go by and drown us out. Oh well, that’s radio.

That loss hurts as Nipawin no longer has games in hand on Humboldt and remains 4 points behind the Broncos. Humboldt has a key home and home series this weekend with Melfort while the Hawks are off until Sunday when they go right back to North Battleford. These next 8 games are on the road and the team will have to learn on the fly what it takes to win away from The Cage. They have done it just 3 times this year.

I’m under the belief it’s not a coaching problem. When the team follows the game plan, the team plays well. Also, all the goal posts and missed empty nets are not a coaching problem. The players are going to need to look in the mirror and demand more out of themselves. The coaching staff does have to make sure that they understand that but as frustrating as it is sometimes for us, these are growing pains of a young team. I do believe that Nipawin is going to have to win at least 5 out of their 8 games remaining on this road trip. Certainly a tough task. These truly are a really good bunch of kids. Hopefully for their sake, they can learn to put in a full 60 minute effort.

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Bronco Round Up

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 27, 2010

The Humboldt Broncos gave themselves a little bit of breathing room over Nipawin after hammering the La Ronge Ice Wolves 8-2 at the Elgar Peterson Arena last night. Here is more on this week’s edition of Bronco Round Up.

Humboldt has a huge home and home series on Friday & Saturday with the Melfort Mustangs. A sweep by the Green & Gold and they will be in sole possession of 4th place. A sweep by Melfort and they would open a commanding 7 point lead. The Broncos have won 3 out of the 4 games between the 2 squads and have taken 7 out of a possible 8 points. Both those games will be broadcast on CK750 starting at 7:15.

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Hawks Drop First Game Of Road Trip

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 27, 2010

The Nipawin Hawks failed to win their 4th road game of the season last night dropping a 3-1 decision to the Battlefords North Stars. The Hawks only goal came on a terrific passing play between Jeff Lorenz and Matthew Guerts on a 2 on 1 in the 2nd period. The best player by far was goaltender Ryan Kerpan who made 38 saves in the contest. This was Nipawin’s 1st game of 10 in a row and as Colin O’Hara said on the pre-game show, we’ll find out what this team is made of in these 10 games as this stretch would be tough for any team in the league. Click to listen to some of the post-game comments made by Colin O’Hara. Last night’s 1st intermission guest was forward Tanner Dusyk. Check out the “Interviews” section of the website to hear it.

Nipawin’s record is now 19-20-6-1 and are now 4 points out of a playoff spot after Humboldt’s lopsided win over La Ronge last night. The Black & Gold still have a game in hand on the Broncos.

 I am still feeling under the weather today but will be doing the broadcast again. I came close to letting Dan O’Connor do it last night. The team decided to go back to Nipawin after the game instead of staying in North Battleford or driving down to Melville. Tonight’s game in Melville will be another CK750 broadcast. Pre-game show is at 7:15. Melville has beaten Nipawin 2 out of 3 times this season.

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Huskies Announce Warren Moon As Guest Speaker

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 25, 2010

The Huskies Football Foundation made a major announcement today. Canadian and Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon will be the guest speaker at the Dogs Breakfast on April 29th at Prairieland Park. Click to hear Huskies Football Foundation Vice-chair Hugh Vassos-1 make the announcement on CJVR / CK750 today. I then asked Hugh Vassos-2 about when tickets were going on sale . Finally, Hugh Vassos-3 talked about the prestigous event.

Next I spoke with Brian Towriss-1 about what this breakfast means to the scholarship program. And Brian Towriss-2 also spoke of what would be happening at the breakfast. (Click all the links to hear the different voice clips.)

This is the 10th annual Dogs Breakfast and sure to be a good one. I can’t wait to meet some the big name recruits again this year. The Huskie Football Foundation is expected to raise around $100 000 dollars once again this year and they thank everyone for their support.

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Mustang Report

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 25, 2010

The Melfort Mustangs have opened up a 5 point lead over the 5th place Humboldt Broncos , thanks to a monsterous comeback on Saturday where they fell behind 4-0, only to score the next 7 goals of the game. Here is this week’s edition of the Mustang Report.

The Stangs next game is tomorrow in Flin Flon.

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Broncos Comeback Falls Short

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 23, 2010

The Humboldt Broncos came back from a 4-1 deficit to force extra time but fell just short 5-4 in a shoot-out. Humboldt scored twice in the final 5 minutes of the game to earn the point. Spencer Braaten scored twice in regulation time and was also the Bronco able to score in the shoot-out. Despite the score, Andrew Bodnarchuk really held his team in the game for the most part. Cameron Gibson also played well. One problem last night was all the turn-overs made by the Green & Gold inside their own blue line. Several times, the Millionaires picked off passes in the high slot and just inside the Humboldt blue line for good scoring opportunities. Nipawin won last night so the Broncos are just 2 points ahead of the Hawks. I also believe that the SJHL website is still wrong as it is missing one of the Broncos losses. Humboldt’s record should read 20-19-1-6 (not 20-18-1-6 like the website says). It’s been missing a game for a long time now. The Broncos also had a goal called back which left a lot of us scratching our heads. After the game, here is what assistant coach Tim Klimosko said about that.

My first intermission guest was foward Kirk Belyk. You can hear that interview by clicking on the “Interviews” link on my website. Kirk had an unfortunate incident in the game where he came back into his own slot to help out the defence and when the puck was centred by a Millionaires forward, it went off of his stick and into his own net. Other than that, he played well.

One of my favourite things about going to Melville is to have a chat with Mils head coach Jamie Fiesel. He is one of the most colorful and funny guys you will ever meet. You can probably hear him being quite intense during the broadcast as he is only about 3 feet in front of me when I’m doing the play by play. Off the ice however, he is a very open and honest guy with a great sense of humor. I asked him about his thoughts on the Humboldt Broncos and here is what Jamie Fiesel-1 said. He also talked about the rivalry how and how both teams are always deep in the playoff (2 league finals against each other) and mentioned he is tired of losing to these guys. As for the particular game last night, here again is another witty comment from Jamie Fiesel-2.

The Green & Gold’s next game is Tuesday when they are at home to La Ronge.

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Bronco Round Up

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 22, 2010

Here is this week’s edition of Bronco Round Up. Sorry it’s late.

Pre-game show is at 7:15 tonight.

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Larry Wintoneak Talks About WCEC Fire

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 22, 2010

I spoke to head coach & GM Larry Wintoneak on Wednesday about the devasting fire at his team’s arena a couple weeks ago. Here are Larry Wintoneak‘s comments.

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Hawkey Talk

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 21, 2010

It was quite a game on Tuesday with as much drama on the bench as there was on the ice. Head coach Colin O’Hara told all-star forward Matthew Spafford to get undressed after the 1st period in the Hawks 7-1 loss to the Flin Flon Bombers. O’Hara said after the game that people who don’t follow game plans and who are selfish don’t play. It sounds like his message got through as the problems have since been worked out. Here is this week’s edition of Hawkey Talk.

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Bronco Round Up

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 21, 2010

Unfortunately I uploaded the wrong one so it is going to be late this week. I promise I will get it on my website before I head out with the Broncos tomorrow for Melville. Sorry guys.

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