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Broncos Facing Elimination After 2OT Loss

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 28, 2010

The Humboldt Broncos have their backs against the walls after losing 4-3 in double overtime to the La Ronge Ice Wolves. La Ronge led it 2-0 going into the 3rd before Humboldt scored 3 consecutive goals to take the lead (2 of them just 10 seconds apart by Shawn Hunter) but the Ice Wolves scored late to force the extra time. The Green & Gold have not been good in extra time as they are now just 2-9 (overtimes and shoot-outs combined). It was the Andrew Bodnarchuk show who faced 69 shots and stopped 65 of them, many of them were spectacular. Not sure why he wasn’t picked as a star and also wonder why the game hasn’t been updated on the SJHL website yet. This happens a lot with La Ronge games for some reason. Shawn Hunter was their best forward before going down with a lower body injury late in the 3rd period. The Green & Gold were much more physical last night then they were on Friday which was a big reason the game was closer. They played without Garrett Leedahl while Calum McLeod and Cade Kimery saw their first action of the playoffs. Colton Allan was moved up to forward for the game. Despite being down 2-0 in the series, assistant coach Tim Klimosko liked what his team brought to the table and doesn’t believe the series is over.

I spoke with captain Bryce Walker during the 1st intermission. You can hear it in the “Interviews” section. Walker, who is 20 years old,  is one of 5 players on the team that may be playing in their last Junior ‘A’ game tomorrow.

A funny thing that happened at the hotel before the game was a couple of guys were playing a joke on Justin Buzzeo by phoning his room numerous times to tell him I was waiting in the lobby to do an interview with him. They finally came to the room to see why he wasn’t coming out for the interview, only to see that the joke was on them. I was actually in Buzzeo’s room hanging out watching TV. The look on Josh Roach’s face was priceless when he came to the room, opened the door and saw me sitting there.

Game 3 is tomorrow at the Elgar Peterson Arena. Our broadcast starts at 7:15 with the play by play at 7:30. Hopefully there will be a good turnout at the Elgar Peterson Arena.


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Ice Wolves Take Game 1

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 27, 2010

The La Ronge Ice Wolves took Game 1 of the Bauer Conference Survivor Series after their 5-1 win over Humboldt. The Ice Wolves, who were very physical throughout the game, scored 1 in the 1st, 3 in the 2nd and 1 more in the 3rd period. Dustin Stevenson and Colton McPherson were solid on defence which is nothing new to their hometown fans. Special teams were won by La Ronge as they went 2 for 3 on the powerplay (despite the online score sheet saying 1 for 3) while holding Humboldt scoreless on 7 opportunities. It was good to see Steven Taylor show his teammates that he wasn’t packing it in by fighting with Kirk Moore when the game was out of hand. Riley Gillies had 2 bone crunching hits in the game and also fought just 2 seconds into the 1st period. The Green & Gold need to be more physical in Game 2 as they were outhit in both ends of the ice. I asked assistant coach Murray Brookbank about that.

I spoke with Andrew Bodnarchuk in our hotel before the game. That interview is in the “Interviews” section of my website. None of the 5 goals were his fault. Despite 2 games in 2 nights, expect Andrew to get the start again tonight.

On a lighter note, all the Broncos have either dyed their hair green or blonde (or both) which is their annual tradition. I asked Kirk Belyk who did his hair and he told me it was Shawn Hunter. Josh Roach said he only lets stylists touch his preciousn hair. A couple of the guys also have mohawks.

Tonight’s game once again starts at 7:30 so I’ll be back on the air at 7:15 with the pre-game show. It’s a must-win for Humboldt because they cannot afford to go down 2-0 in a best of 5. La Ronge is a team that will take undisciplined penalties because of their aggressiveness so Humboldt needs to take advantage of the power play opportunities they get. That won’t be easy however as the Ice Wolves had the best penalty kill in the SJHL during the regular season.

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Hawkey Talk

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 25, 2010

Click to listen to the final Hawkey Talk of the season. Don’t forget about the banquet on Saturday. Unfortunately I can’t make it as I will be doing a hockey game but Fraser Rodgers will be there. Don’t get too close however as he has been sick the past few days.

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Broncos Close Out Regular Season

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 24, 2010

The Humboldt Broncos failed to get back to the .500 mark on the final day of the regular season after losing 4-2 in Battlefords. The Green & Gold played without Kyle Cowan, Cameron Gibson, Spencer Braaten, Shawn Hunter, Colton Allan and Andrew Bodnarchuk while the North Stars played with a full line up (except for Tony Oak who is still serving a suspension). The North Stars scored 3 times in a 2 minute and 22 second span and cruised the rest of the way. Humboldt rolled 4 lines and gave everyone time on the powerplay. Click to hear assistant coach Tim Klimosko‘s comments about sitting some of their top guns.

The number one priority after the game was to get home as fast as possible and get the guys some rest so I shortened my post-game show and we went almost straight home afterwards. I asked trainer Brett McCorkell after the game about any injuries and he said that everyone who played should be good to go.

Check out the “Interviews” section to hear Cade Kimery’s 1st intermission interview. He played a lot of minutes last night and is hoping to get the call to suit up at some point in the playoffs.

Humboldt finishes the regular season at 24-26-1-7 and now play on Friday and Saturday in La Ronge to start the Survivor Series which is just a best of 5 so there isn’t a lot of room for effort. As Tim Klimosko stated, the Broncos need to win 1 of those 2 games at the Mel Hegland Uniplex to have a realistic shot at taking the series.

CK750 will carry every home and away game for the Broncos throughout the playoffs. All games in the Survivor Series are 7:30 starts so we’ll begin each pre-game show at 7:15. I already previewed La Ronge and Humboldt in a previous post so I won’t get into that again. As I’ve said on various broadcasts, I think defenceman Dustin Stevenson is the MVP of the league this year. Whether he wins it or not however is anyone’s guess. This series certainly has the capability of going the full 5 games.

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Nipawin Hawks Banquet

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 23, 2010

The Nipawin Hawks wind-up banquet is coming up this weekend. Here are the details:

Date: Saturday Feb. 27th/10
Venue: Nipawin Evergreen Centre
Time: 6:00 (Cocktails), 7:00 (Dinner)
Price: $30 adults, $15 children 6 & under
Where To Purchase: Flowers N’ Things
Other: Awards and jersey auction will follow

All ages are welcome!

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Mustangs / Broncos Schedules Now Official

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 22, 2010

The league has announced the official schedules:
Survivor Series (Best of 5)
Friday, February 26
Humboldt at La Ronge, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 27
Humboldt at La Ronge, 7:30pm
Monday, March 1
La Ronge at Humboldt, 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 2*
La Ronge at Humboldt, 7:30pm
Thursday, March 4*
Humboldt at La Ronge, 7:30pm

* denotes ‘if necessary’

2nd Round Playoff Series (Best of 7)
Saturday, March 6
Melfort at Battlefords, 7:30pm
Monday, March 8
Battlefords at Melfort, 7:30pm
Wednesday, March 10
Melfort at Battlefords, 7:30pm
Friday, March 12
Battlefords at Melfort, 7:30pm
*Sunday, March 14
Melfort at Battlefords, 7:30pm
*Monday, March 15
Battlefords at Melfort, 7:30pm
*Wednesday, March 17
Melfort at Battlefords, 7:30pm

* denotes ‘if necessary’

Once again, all games from both series will be broadcast on CK750 (and CJVR if Melfort and Humboldt play on the same night)

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Mustang Report

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 22, 2010

Melfort has just 1 game left in the regular season. It’s tomorrow in Flin Flon in a game which doesn’t mean anything in the standings to either team. Expect key players on both sides to be sitting out. As you’ll hear, Darrell Mann has already named Jay Hudon as the starter. I’m going out on a limb and guessing we may see Klynt Spencer in between the pipes for the Bombers.

Here is today’s edition of the Mustang Report.

All playoff games, home and away, will be broadcast on CK750. In the event of the Broncos and Mustangs going on at the same time, the Melfort game will go on CJVR-FM.

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Broncos, Mustangs Playoff Dates

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 22, 2010

The Humboldt Broncos will start their Survivor Series this Friday in La Ronge. It’s a best of 5 series with Game 2 going the very next night. It has not been determined whether it will be in La Ronge or Humboldt yet. There has been nothing to choose from between the 2 clubs in their head-to-head match ups. In 6 games, they have each won 3 times. Four of the games have been 1 goal games (not including an empty net goal) in which each side won 2, and the other 2 were blow-outs, with each team winning 1 of them. The winner will play Flin Flon in the next round.

The Melfort Mustangs have a bye into the the 2nd Round which looks like it will start on Saturday March 6th in North Battleford. The teams will travel back and forth after each game, electing not to do the 2-2-1-1-1 format.  These 2 squads are also fairly even. Melfort won 4 of the 6 meetings but 2 of those needed overtime. This series will be a best of 7 and may need everyone of those games to decide the winner.

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Melfort Clinches 3rd, Nipawin Ends Season

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 21, 2010

The Melfort Mustangs didn’t need to have to watch the out of town scoreboard as they took matters in their own hands and beat the Nipawin Hawks for the 2nd time in as many nights, this time it was 4-2. The La Ronge Ice Wolves did all they could by winning twice but it didn’t matter as Melfort clinched 3rd and forced La Ronge to have have to play in the Survivor Series against the Humboldt Broncos. The CCM line (Chinova, Childerhose and Mireau), who scored 14 points a night earlier, had just 2 last night, but just when they don’t put up big numbers, Blake Hietala’s line picks it up scoring 3 of the 4 goals. Assistant coach Trevor Blevins talked about the depth. Gary Childerhose had a Gordie Howe hat trick the night before so I used him as the Top Gun interview and you can listen to it in the “Interviews” section.

The Nipawin Hawks meanwhile finished their regular season with a disappointing 20 wins in 58 games. There were ups and downs for the team this season and 3 members will never play another game in junior “A”. Ryan Kerpan, Alexandre LeClerc and David Skagen finished their careers in the SJHL and only time will tell what the future holds for them. I know I said it before but I think it would be great to see Duane Thorpe and Rob Wallington involved with the team in some capacity next year. Once again, only time will tell. There will not only be a new head coach & GM next season but also a new team president as Blaine Clarke is stepping down. Each Nipawin team has been very different over the past 3 different seasons. In fact, over the last couple years, something like 55 or 57 different faces laced up the skates for the Hawks which is high considering they carried just the minimum amount down the stretch. I’d like to wish Ryan, Alexandre and David the best in their future endeavors.

The Mustangs on the other hand have a game that means nothing for either side coming up on Tuesday in Flin Flon. The Bombers have clinched 1st in the Bauer but cannot catch Weyburn for 1st overall. Expect both clubs to rest some players despite having some time off waiting for the Survivor Series to finish.

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Mustangs Magic Number At 1 After Beating Hawks

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 20, 2010

The Melfort Mustangs 7-3 win over the Nipawin Hawks last night means their 1 step closer to clinching 3rd place in the Bauer Conference. They just need to win 1 of their last 2 games (Nipawin or Flin Flon) or have La Ronge (Flin Flon) lose their last game to clinch 3rd place. The Mustangs really dominated at times and if it weren’t for the goaltending of Ryan Kerpan, the score could have been worse. How about the line of Chinova, Mireau and Childerhose? They combined for 14 points last night. On the other side, the Nipawin Hawks helped Melfort’s cause with endless turnovers inside their own blue line (Melfort was also guilty of that on many occasions as well however).

The Hawks are now done their road schedule which finishes with a record of 3-19-5-1 and 0-2 in neutral site games (SJHL Showcase). They will finish at home tonight where they are much better at 17-9-1-0. Ryan Kerpan has already been named the starter in what will be his last Junior ‘A’ game of his career. Nipawin was already down a player with Skyler Dunser out of the line up and may have lost Brendan Tash as well. He is listed as questionable for tonight. Someone else that will be playing in their last Junior ‘A’ game tonight is Alexandre LeClerc. I talked with him last night about that and you can listen to it in the “Interviews” section of the website. Click on the link to see that interim head coach Duane Thorpe was not happy with his team’s effort.

The Mustangs would like to rest a few players in Flin Flon on Tuesday so they want to wrap up 3rd place tonight in Nipawin. They are 5-1-0-2 against the Hawks so far this year. If they can keep the CCM line (Chinova, Childerhose and Mireau line, yes I just made that up) clicking, they will be tough to beat. Here is what assistant coach Trevor Blevins said about them. The Blake Hietala line was very good last night as well.

CK750 will broadcast the game starting with the pre-game show at 7:15. Don’t forget the Mustangs banquet is tomorrow night at the Kerry Vickar Centre. Cocktails will be served at 4:00 PM with dinner happening at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for kids under 12 while children under 5 are free. I will get you the information for Clarke.

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Hawkey Talk

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 18, 2010

The regular season runs out for the Hawks on Saturday so therefore next Thursday will be the final Hawkey Talk of the season. This is the first time Duane Thorpe has done the feature with us since he took over the reigns in Nipawin. Here is today’s edition of Hawkey Talk which will be aired later this afternoon.

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Bronco Round Up

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 17, 2010

Here is this week’s edition of Bronco Round Up. The Broncos play a couple of home games this weekend before ending their season on Tuesday in North Battleford which will also be our last regular season broadcast.

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Broncos Clinch, Hawks Lose 10th Straight

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 16, 2010

The Humboldt Broncos are playoff bound after beating the Nipawin Hawks 3-2 at the Elgar Peterson Arena. Ryan Kerpan was sensational in the 1st period, the Hawks came on in the first half of the 2nd and held 2 different 1-goal leads throughout the first 2 periods but the Broncos ended up being too much. Both teams have been struggling as of late and neither has seemed to be getting any bounces in their favour leading up to this game. Humboldt got a big one when Kyle Cowan took a point shot that bounced off the backboards and hit Ryan Kerpan in the back of the skate and went in. Shawn Hunter played a 2nd consecutive strong game while I really liked Mitch Wourms for Nipawin. He got his first goal of the season and he was aggresive and showed that he’s not afraid to jump into the play. In the end, the Hawks ended their 10 game road trip going 0-10. They were actually at .500 when they set out on this extended time away from the Cage. Here are the post game comments from Duane Thorpe and Murray Brookbank.

The Broncos will play either La Ronge or Melfort in the Survivor Series and right now it looks like the Ice Wolves. The Hawks are just playing for jobs next season. Matthew Spafford may know the season is over for his team but he still put his body on the line in the 3rd period going down to block a slap shot. You have to wonder if he’ll return next season after all that’s happened here lately. He certainly sounded frustrated in my interview with him. It’s in the “Interviews” section.

I spoke with several members on the Black & Gold (players, fans and staff) and it seems like things worked out for the best in the Colin O’Hara resignation. Lots of things were going on behind the scenes and people wanted a change. I feel for a guy like Duane Thorpe who has been put in a position to clean up the mess. He and Rob Wallington have taken over for the rest of the year and both showed a lot of class before and after the game and I personally hope they are both involved with the organization next season.

As for Humboldt, they now have an opportunity to either sit some players or just ease their workload in their final 3 games of the regular season. They cannot move up or down in the standings. Dean Brockman knows there’s still a lot to work on so his load will not be any lighter.

Also, I’d like to thank Sandra Landry for the doughnuts she brought me before the game. She’s the mother of 17 year old Neil who has been showing flashes of being a real good player and leader in this league. Little things like a play where a Hawks defenceman had a couple strides on him as the puck went into the corner but Landry used his speed, flew by the defenceman and took a big hit but made the play.

Nipawin plays at the Cage tonight against Notre Dame while Humboldt plays the middle game of their 3-game homestand on Saturday when Melville is in town. CK750 will broadcast the Hawks home and home series with Melfort this weekend while we’ll broadcast the Broncos final game in Battlefords on February 23rd.

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Time Change For Broncos-Hawks Game

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 15, 2010

The Nipawin Hawks and Humboldt Broncos game will be a 6:00 PM start Monday at the Elgar Peterson Arena. That’s because it is a stat holiday. The league website and both team sites say 7:30 but that is incorrect. CK750 will have the broadcast starting at 5:45 PM.

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Better Effort By Broncos – Same Result

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 15, 2010

Twenty four hours after a basic no-show in Estevan, the Humboldt Broncos came back with a gutsy effort in Weyburn in their 7-4 loss. They had 4 key players out of their line up (Justin Buzzeo, Cameron Gibson, Kenton Valliant and Josh Roach) but the team did not give up playing against the best team in the SJHL. I thought they actually outplayed (and outshot) the Red Wings but it was one of those nights where it seemed like everytime Weyburn had a scoring chance they scored and the Broncos couldn’t buy a goal on theirs. The coaches and Kevin Smith agreed with that after the game. It was a chance for some of the depth players to step up as Spencer Baht and Cade Kimery were inserted into the line up. Click to hear assistant coach Tim Klimosko‘s post-game comments.

I spoke with Shawn Hunter in the dressing room before the game and told him I’d give him a name drop if he played well. Well, he didn’t disappoint scoring twice and was robbed by AJ Whiffen 2 more times in the 3rd period to spoil his hat trick. He also played well along the boards in the offensive zone winning the majority of puck battles he was involved in. Shawn also added a physical element which was missing the night before. He was my 2nd star and deservingly so. Hunter is a character guy and he is one of the guys I’m going to miss in the league next year.

My intermission interview was with 18 year old Spencer Baht. That’s in the “Interviews” section.

It seemed to take forever to get home after the game. In fact, it was after 4:00 AM by the time I drove back from Humboldt. Wow was I tired this morning. One of the movies on the bus was “Vegas Vacation” and I’m a sucker for the whole series of “Vacation” movies as my wife calls our family, “The Griswalds”.

The Broncos magic number is down to 1 as the Nipawin Hawks lost their 9th straight on Saturday in Estevan. The Green & Gold need only 1 point to clinch a playoff berth and they have a chance to do it against the Hawks on Monday when the 2 teams meet at the Elgar Peterson Arena.

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