GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Broncos

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. Swift Current Broncos
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 7pm puck drop, pregame at 6:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Ice in 2013/14:
 0-4-0-0
Last Meeting: March 8th/2014 – 5-3 Swift Current (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 5-9-1-1
‘Canes Home Record: 2-3-1-1
‘Canes Road Record: 3-6-0-0

Broncos Record: 10-8-0-2
Broncos Home Record:
6-3-0-1
Broncos Road Record: 4-5-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Riley Sheen (3G,12A, 15P)
Broncos Leading Scorer: Coda Gordon (9G, 14A, 23P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes enter action tonight having had six days off since a wild 6-5 overtime loss in Cranbrook to the Kootenay Ice last Saturday. The Hurricanes were down 4-0 in the game, but clawed back eventually taking a 5-4 lead but failed to collect the win as the Ice stormed back to tie before winning early in extra time.

The Hurricanes enter tonight’s game against Swift Current with a 4-1-2-0 record in their last seven games and 5-9-2-1 overall. The Hurricanes will be without a couple of key contributors as both Ryley Lindgren and Carter Folk suffered injuries last weekend; Lindgren will be out 6-weeks with a lower-body injury, while Folk is 1-2 weeks away with an upper-body injury.

Tonight, the opposition is a good one as the Swift Current Broncos currently sit second in the East Division with a 10-8-0-2 record. Swift Current is coming off a 2-1 loss Tuesday night in Medicine Hat against the Tigers. The Broncos on the season don’t score very much, but they also don’t give up very much, so expect a tight, low-scoring affair tonight.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

El Capitano: After going a span of nine games where he only recorded points in one of those games, Hurricanes Captain Jamal Watson has found his scoring touch again. The 1995-born Calgary native enters action on a three game goal and point scoring streak. In those three games, Watson has scored four goals and five points.

Who Will Step Up?: With the loss of Ryley Lindgren (6 weeks, lower-body) and Carter Folk (1-2 weeks, upper-body), one of the biggest questions surrounding the ‘Canes now is who will step up? Both Lindgren and Folk were just beginning to find their stride offensively, now it’s someone else’s turn.

200 for Sheen: Hurricanes leading scorer Riley Sheen will play in his 200th WHL game tonight against the Broncos. The 20-year-old has played 66 of those games with the Hurricanes, 83 with the Seattle Thunderbirds and 50 with the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Swift Current Point of View

A Bow for Bow: Landon Bow has been lights out for the Broncos thus far. The reigning Vaughn CHL Goalie of the Week has posted a 10-6-0-2 record in 18 appearances with a 2.28 goals against and a WHL-high .932 save percentage. Bow also has a league best four shutouts.

Special Teams: The Broncos boast one of the best power plays and penalty kills in the Western Hockey League thus far in the season. Both the Swift Current PP and PP sit in the top three in the league.

Games Aplenty: The Broncos have played more games than any other team in the WHL. Swift Current has already played 20 games with this, and enter with a record of 10-8-0-2.

Also, be sure to bring your food donations as tonight will be Food Bank night.

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