By the time the Swift Current Broncos’ 3-1 loss to the visiting Spokane Chiefs was in the books on Saturday night, the home team was down to four defencemen.
Ernie Waldner, who follows the Broncos, noted on waldner.com: “The Broncos entered the game without D Joel Rogers, F Dillon Wagner, F Brenden Silvester, D Jordan Evans, F Taylor Vause, and F Killian Hutt, all out with injuries. . . . . The latter three were hurt (Friday) in Prince Albert. . . . . But wait . . . the news gets worse. . . . D Tanner Muth and D Ryan Aasman left (Saturday’s) game with injuries as well. . . .”
The Broncos are at home to the Portland Winterhawks on Tuesday night.
One more note from Waldner.com:
“What's with the small crowds this year? . . . There is almost no one in the rink in time for the anthem and sometimes it's downright embarrassing. . . . How long can the Broncos survive in Swift Current with the fan support dwindling?”
The Vancouver Giants, also hit hard by the injury bug, are “officially entering the trade market.” Or so general manager Scott Bonner told Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun over the weekend.
Pap reported that F Marek Tvrdon (shoulder) needs surgery and is gone until perhaps April. F Randy McNaught, who suffered a badly sprained ankle during a game in Kamloops on Oct. 11 has re-injured the ankle and now may need surgery. Either way, he’s out until mid-December or later.
And don’t forget that D Zach Hodder and F Connor Redmond both had offseason shoulder surgery and have yet to play. They should return after Christmas.
By the way . . . it's been a while since the Bonner boys have made a deal, hasn't it?
Congratulations to the Saskatoon Blades.
It doesn’t matter whether or not you like the Canadian tuxedo jerseys — you know, the ones that look like denim — they are a huge success.
The jerseys, which the Blades will wear Friday when they play the visiting Portland Winterhawks, are a promotional deal that involves Wrangler and the Professional Bull Riders, who will wrap up their season with the finals in Saskatoon, Nov. 20.
The jerseys have gotten a lot of publicity in newspapers and blogs, and even got a mention on the ESPN SportsCenter.com blog.
Check it out right here.
The Moose Jaw Warriors have signed F Tanner Eberle, 16, of the midget AAA Tisdale Trojans. Eberle, a seventh-round pick in the 2009 bantam draft, has 14 points and 30 penalty minutes in 11 games with Tisdale. No, he is not a brother of former Regina Pats F Jordan Eberle. . . . The host Moose Jaw Warriors ran their winning streak to six games with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Sunday. F Quinton Howden was the only skater to score in the six-shooter shootout. Howden’s shot went off the cross-bar, hit Seattle G Calvin Pickard in the back, and trickled into the net. . . . Through OT, Pickard stopped 43 shots. . . . Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald reports that the last time the Warriors won six in a row was Dec. 1-11, 2007. . . . The Warriors now are carrying four 20-year-olds and must get down to three by midnight on Nov. 19. F Brendan Rowinski returned to action Saturday for the first time this season, with F Dylan Hood the odd-man out. On Sunday, F Spencer Edwards, the team captain, drew the short straw. The other 20-year-old is G Thomas Heemskerk. . . .
G Mark Segal stopped 25 shots as the host Vancouver Giants blanked the Everett Silvertips, 3-0. It was Segal’s first shutout this season and the fifth of his career. . . . The Lethbridge Hurricanes made it three victories in as many nights as they doubled the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers, 4-2. Pat Siedlecki, the radio voice of the Hurricanes, says the last time the Hurricanes won three in a row was in October 2009. . . . The Hurricanes, at 9-6-0-3, are almost half way to last season’s victory total of 20. . . . Lethbridge continues to play without F Austin Fyten (foot), too. He has missed 12 games. . . . In Regina, F Chandler Stephenson scored his first two WHL goals as the Pats dumped the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-1 to avoid losing three times in as many nights. The Pats had been swept in a home-and-home series with Moose Jaw on Friday and Saturday nights. . . . Brandon F Mark Stone’s six-game goal-scoring streak came to an end Sunday in Regina.
SUNDAY’S CHECKING-FROM-BEHIND COUNT:
Vancouver D Wes Vannieuwenhuizen
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