Road warriors they are not.
Road woe-rriors? Perhaps.
Last night's 4-2 loss to the Calgary Hitmen at the Saddledome kept the Swift Current Broncos' winless road record intact.
Not even a 'home' game for a half-dozen Calgary players could snap the skid as the Broncos fell to 0-8-2 away from home this WHL season.
One of those Calgarians, veteran blueliner Eric Doyle, said his club needs to play with more urgency on the road.
"It's a combination of things," Doyle said. "I don't think our preparation is as sharp on the road as it is at home. Some guys have a different frame of mind on the road. We've been in some close games, but we can't get it done. Everybody just has to dig down and push a little bit harder."
Doyle, whose third goal of the season gave the Broncos an early 1-0 lead last night, said he enjoys playing in Calgary, but a 'W' would let him better appreciate the experience.
"It's nice to be back, but we haven't done so well here the last couple of years," Doyle said. "It's bittersweet."
Struggling on the road, to a certain extent, is understandable -- only four teams in the WHL have better records on the road than at home.
But no team comes close to the kind of schizophrenic numbers the Broncos have put up -- a superb .833 winning percentage at home and a dismal .100 on the road.
"It's nice to play in front of your home crowd," said Doyle of playing at the Credit Union I-Plex, where the team is 10-2-0. "We have great fans, and it's easier to get into a routine at home. But we have to start playing away from home the way we do at home."