Broncos had a few key players out of the lineup tonight with injuries.
Bronco Scratches taken from: http://shawnmullin.wordpress.com
Hoban (sick), Lowry (inj), Evans (inj), Howorko (inj), Adam Smith (inj)
I thought the Tigers probably deserved a better fate tonight, but some early bounces didn't go their way. The Tigers controlled a lot of the game but ran into a hot goaltender in Jon Groenhyde.
Tyler Bunz misplayed a long shot from Bronco Daniel Dale just inside the blueline giving the Broncos a 1-0 lead with 40 seconds left in the period. Bunz appeared to try and direct the puck into the corner but only got a peice of the puck as it slipped by him.
Tigers ran into a bit of penalty trouble early in the second period. The broncos would score 2 pretty quick goals generated by the Bronco Powerplay.
The broncos maintained some strong pressure on their powerplay and just after the powerplay expired the Tigers had bunched up in front of their net and left the slot open. Graham Black fed a pass from behind the net out front and Ryon Moser made no mistake with his prime chance in front. 2-0 Broncos.
(It wasn't credited as a PP goal.)
2 minutes later the Broncos would pounce again on another powerplay. Graham Craig slapped a shot from the point with lots of traffic in front. It looked like Bunz caught a small piece of it as it trickled past him on the low glove side. 3-0 Broncos
The Tigers would pull Bunz at this point.
Seconds later Tyler Lewington and Bronco Colby Cave engaged in a fight. It was a very spirited bout both players landed some wild punches, I would call it a draw, maybe a very slight edge to the bronco player.
This seemed to wake the Tigers up a bit. Dylan Busenius threaded a nice pass over to Curtis Valk in the slot who one-timed a shot top shelf. 3-1 broncos
A few minutes later after killing off another penalty and getting a powerplay of their own. Hunter Shinakruk would walk out front and try to stuff the puck in. The rebound came out right in the slot to James Bettauer who beat a sprawling Jon Groenhyde. 3-2 Tigers.
The remainder of the period would see very strong pressure from the Tigers but Jon Groenhyde shut the door.
Lots of pressure from the Tigers throughout the period. I think Jon Groenhyde robbed Shinaruk twice from sure goals. The Tigers were all over the Broncos in the third. They had a handful of very good scoring chance, but could not convert anything.
The broncos Christian Magnus would score an empty netter after some hard work getting the puck out of his zone.
The bounces didn't go their way tonight. Kale Kessy looked a lot more involved in the offense tonight and had a chance or two himself. The Broncos Jon Groenhyde looked a little shaky in the third period with his rebounds but was stopping the first shots, and the Tigers couldn't take advantage of it.
Edmonton Also lost tonight so the Tigers stayed 4 points back of the Oil Kings for first in the conference.
One of the posters on the last thread mentioned the Tigers have recently listed Jared Wilson from the Calgary royals AMHL. Wilson attended the Tigers training Camp earlier this year. Wilson is a 17 year old defenceman putting up some good point totals in Midget AAA. He was also listed as the AMHL Player of the Month for November.