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Broncos Come Home Empty

Posted by Darryl Skender on September 29, 2011

The Broncos are headed back to Humboldt after failing to get a point on their 2-game southern road trip. Tonight’s loss was a 4-2 decision at the hands of the Weyburn Red Wings. The game had no flow as it was marred by penalty after penalty. Those penalties included a couple of penaty shots and a 5-minute major for checking to the head. After the game, assistant coach Tim Klimosko said his team played better than the night before in Estevan but it was tough to get in a flow with all the stoppages. Humboldt remains winless on the road (0-3) as their overall record dropped to 3-3. Weyburn improved to 2-2 at home and 3-2 overall. For the 2nd game in a row Humboldt outshot their opponent but came up short. They gave up 4 goals on 19 shots tonight after giving up 6 goals on 23 shots the night before. It’s a fairly quiet bus ride home right now as the team is watching, “Horrible Bosses” on tv.

The Green & Gold, who sit 4th in the Bauer Conference, will finish their third road game in a row when they meet the high flying Nipawin Hawks at the Cage on Saturday. It could be the last chance for a couple of the players as Dean Brockman told me he might be making a couple of cuts this weekend. That game will be broadcast on your Game Day station CK750 starting at 7:15.


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Broncos Look For Split Tonight

Posted by Darryl Skender on September 28, 2011

I’m sitting in the lobby at the Days Inn in Estevan right now just hanging around waiting for our pre-game meal at 3:30. It was a fun game to call last night at Spectra Place. Not only was it an exciting game where there were a lot of chances, goals and good saves, but it was also my first visit to the new facility. It is a terrific arena with 2 nice press boxes and is also filled with luxury suites all the way around. The Broncos lost 6-5 but easily outchanced Estevan in the game. Despite giving up 5 goals, Derek Tendler was terrific for the Bruins. He has played in all 4 Estevan games this season and I can see why. Unfortunately for him, his stats don’t reflect his play. The Bronco coaches made no bones about it that they didn’t like the way their team played. Murray Brookbank said last night that the team didn’t pay the price around the net while Dean Brockman told me today that he felt they only showed up in the 3rd period. Still, the Green & Gold played hard and never gave up right until the final buzzer. They did score a goal with their net empty and almost tied it a few times in the dying seconds.


I spoke with Broncos winger Robbie Ciolfi this morning. I asked him to slowly say the pronunciation of his name because there are 3 or 4 versions going around between the coaches, players and other broadcasters. Here it is officially. It is pronounced “Cho-fee”. There is no L pronounced in his name. He admits he is off to a slower start than he’d like (2G 3A in 5 games) but likes the line he’s playing on right now. The 20 year old Lethbridge product hopes to play in Italy next year. He is of course a dual-citizen.

The Green & Gold go right back at again tonight in Weyburn. They’ll have to do it without their 3rd leading scorer Adam Zbitniff. He got a lower body injury last night and will be on the shelf for a short while. The Red Wings are coming off a 3-2 win over Flin Flon on Sunday. This will be Weyburn’s last game of their 3-game home stand. One thing that really stood out to me as I was looking over the Red Wings stats this morning was they still haven’t scored a power play goal this year through 4 games. They have had just 10 chances however. Humboldt is perfect at home this season but winless on the road. Weyburn has just 1 win in 3 homes so far. Here is a look at how the 2 teams match up:

Humboldt: 3-2 (4th place in Bauer Conference)
Weyburn: 2-2 (Tied for 3rd in Sherwood Conference)

Goals Per Game
Humboldt: 5.00 (T-1st)
Weyburn: 2.50 (9th)

Goals Against Per Game
Humboldt: 2.40 (T-1st)
Weyburn: 3.00 (6th)

Shots For Per Game
Humboldt: 32.60 (4th)
Weyburn: 24.50 (11th)

Shots Against Per Game
Humboldt 21.40 (1st)
Weyburn: 28.00 (3rd)

Power Play
Humboldt: 31.3% (1st)
Weyburn: 0.0% (12th)

Penalty Kill
Humboldt: 84.6% (5th)
Weyburn: 80.8% (8th)

Last Year’s Head To Head Records
Humboldt: 3-1-0-0
Weyburn: 1-2-0-1

How To Listen
Radio: CK750
Internet: www.ck750.com
TV: Saskatel Max Ch. 858 (audio only)

Tonight’s pre-game show starts at 7:15, play by play at 7:30 from Crescent Point Place in Weyburn.

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Busy Schedule

Posted by Darryl Skender on September 27, 2011

It’s been a busy start to the season for me. I haven’t seen the inside of the radio station much so I have been out of touch with what’s been going on around me a little bit. I just went through a stretch of being in Winnipeg on Saturday (the 17th), Notre Dame Sunday, Kindersley Tuesday, Battlefords Wednesday, Calgary Friday, went to Moose Jaw Saturday and Sunday and I’m on my way to Estevan-Weyburn today and tomorrow.

We just watched “No Strings Attached” (bit of a chick flick) on the Broncos bus and are still on our way down to our hotel in Estevan. It’s a full bus as usual with the Broncos. William Plourde is the only player not making the trip. It’s everyone’s first trip to the new rink in Estevan including myself. I’ve already called Blaine Weyland (PxP voice for Estevan) to get the low-down on which booth I broadcast from and some name pronunciations for the Bruins.

Here’s how the teams match up:

Humboldt 3-1-0-0 6pts (Tied for 3rd in Bauer Conferenmce)
Estevan 1-2-0-0 2pts (5th place in Sherwood Conference)

Goals Per Game
Humboldt: 5.00 (1st)
Estevan: 4.67 (2nd)

Goals Against Per Game
Humboldt: 1.50 (1st)
Estevan: 4.67 (11th)

Shots For Per Game
Humboldt: 32.00 (5th)
Estevan: 32.33 (4th)

Shots Against Per Game
Humboldt: 21.00 (1st)
Estevan: 29.33 (7th)

Power Play
Humboldt: 35.7% (1st)
Estevan: 33.3% (2nd)

Penalty Kill
Humboldt:80% (8th)
Estevan: 66.7 (10th)

Last Year’s Head To Head Records
Humboldt: 3-1-0-0
Estevan 1-2-1-0

Tonight’s game is on:
Radio: CK750
Internet: www.ck750.com
TV: Sasktel Max Ch. 858 (audio only)

Pre-Game show starts at 7:15, play by play at 7:30.

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SJHL Pre-Season Standings (After Sep. 7-11)

Posted by Darryl Skender on September 8, 2011

Bauer Conference

Flin Flon           3-0-0-0    6    11-6
Melfort             1-0-0-0    2     6-1
Nipawin            1-2-0-0    2     8-11
Humboldt         0-1-1-0     1     5-7
Battlefords       0-1-0-0     0     4-6
La Ronge          0-1-0-0    0     1-6                  

Sherwood Conference

Estevan            3-0-0-0      6     13-8
Yorkton            3-0-0-0      6     17-14
Kindersley        2-2-0-0      4      8-20
Melville             1-1-0-1      3     20-16
Notre Dame      0-1-0-0      0      5-6
Weyburn           0-2-0-0      0      3-7

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Hockey Is Back

Posted by Darryl Skender on September 7, 2011

After a pretty tough week for me personally last week, I am happy to say that this week should be better. In a matter of 30 minutes last week, I totalled my truck, then learned that my Grandma had passed away. I am back at work today.

I have updated the “RBC Cup”, “Football Calls” and “Interviews” sections of my website as well as the radio broadcast schedule on the sidebar. Branden Crowe has been helping me with the RBC Cup reports which has been a huge help.

All 3 of our coaches feel that their training camps were a success this year. Hawks coach & GM Doug Johnson liked his team’s effort and was also pleased with the 2 games up in Flin Flon. The Hawks won their first pre-season game at home last night, 4-3 over the Humboldt Broncos at the Cage. The Black & Gold have 30 players left on their roster which include six 20 year olds.

Dean Brockman of the Humboldt Broncos also liked his training camp. In the annual Green & Gold game on Sunday, the Gold won 4-1. He started with over 100 kids and is down to about 30 or so. The rest of the cuts should be made after pre-season is over. Dean has said he’d like to be down to about 25 players after that. They have eleven 20 year olds left but 2 of them are out until at least the end of September.

The Melfort Mustangs training camp ended on Sunday. Branden was one of the coaches in their intersquad game. They were impressive in their first exhibition game last night. They beat the La Ronge Ice Wolves 6-1 at the Mel Hegland Uniplex. Ex-Hawk Brendan Tash scored one of the goals for Melfort. That was the Mustangs first of 3 exhibition tilts. I don’t know if this is right but the SJHL website shows this as the only game the Ice Wolves play in the pre-season. Melfort is in Humboldt tomorrow. Gavin Holcomb told me this morning that he is down to 24 players on his roster and is using 8 players from the Mintos and Trojans on top of that. He currently has eight 20 year olds.

Branden will be doing the first radio broadcast on CK750 on Friday September 16th from La Ronge as I will be flying to Winnipeg for the Huskies-Bisons game on the 17th. He then does a webcast the 17th. I have a hockey broadcast the same day I get back from Manitoba on the 18th in Notre Dame. This will be by far our busiest hockey season to date but will also be a lot of fun.

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