Some quick notes on today's game. The only scratch was Kale Kessey (other than the 9 guys away at nhl camps).
Despite the close score the Tigers controlled most of the play. The Tigers offense did a really good job at keeping the broncos in their own end for extended periods of time. Their systems play was way above average being 2 weeks away from the start of the season. However they weren't able to finish their chances. The Broncos didn't take it up a notch until the last 10 minutes of the 3rd period.
I was really enjoying watching all the new faces play. These coaches have a tough tough decision on deciding who to keep. Each new face looked pretty good and made a nice play or two during parts of the game. Their basically going to cut whl caliber players, their 50 PPL will be stuffed.
A couple things that stood out for me.
Deven Dubyk looked real poised in his net and didn't look like he broke a sweat until the broncos scored to make it 2-1 with 9 minutes left in the game. I beleive he was screened and the puck might have been tipped.
One player for me that stood out was #21 Colin Mospanchuck. He was hitting hard, scooping up the loose pucks, won a one sided fight, and was the first guy back multiple times.
There was one play where Curtis Valk turned Broncos Defender Graeme Craig inside out with a Tyler Ennis like move.
Reid Petryk and Dylan Bredo also looked pretty strong along the boards controlling the puck. Petryk has looked like he has grown a bit. Boston Leier played well, he reminds me a lot of Brennan Bosch. Trent Oullette I only noticed him a couple times but when i did it was because he knocked a broncos defender off the puck.
Sam Dezman is making a case to stick in the lineup. He showed tonight he has some hands, although he seems to play more of an individual game, and I noticed a couple times where he stayed out on the ice too long.
Defensman Patrik Parkkonen was caught a couple times giving up an odd man rush, but he has an awesome talent of being able to pick up the puck along the boards with his backhand.
Medicine Hat Tigers 2, Swift Current Broncos 1
1 – MH – Thomas Carr (Matt Konan, Sam Dezman) - 8:24 PP
2 – MH – Thomas Carr (Trent Ouellette, Riley Sheen) – 10:59
1 – SC – Graeme Craig (Jordan Peddle, Andy Blake)
MH – Deven Dubyk (16/17)
SC – Austin Smith (22/24)
Shots on Goal
MH - 11,7,6 = 24
SC - 5, 5, 7 = 17
If you interested in following Tigers players at nhl camps. Anaheim is streaming their prospect games live on thier website.
Sunday, Sept. 12 vs. San Jose at 7:30 p.m. PDT
Monday, Sept. 13 vs. Calgary at 4 p.m. PDT
Wednesday, Sept. 15 vs. Vancouver at 4 p.m. PDT
Also I found a pretty good website for keeping track of the prospects at the Traverse City Tournament ( Kundratek, Isherwood, Coyle, Grbavac, King)