GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Broncos

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Swift Current Broncos
Where: Credit Union i-Plex
When: 6pm puck drop, pregame at 5:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Broncos in 2014/15:
 0-0-1-0
Last Meeting: November 7th/2014 – 4-3 in overtime for Broncos (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 6-17-3-1
‘Canes Home Record: 3-7-2-1
‘Canes Road Record: 3-10-1-0

Broncos Record: 13-7-3-0
Broncos Home Record:
6-5-2-0
Broncos Road Record: 7-2-1-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Jamal Watson (12G,6A, 18P), Tyler Wong (9G, 9A, 18P) and Zane Jones (11G, 7A, 18P)
Broncos Leading Scorer: Coda Gordon (14G, 18A, 30P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes play the final of three straight on the road as they visit the Swift Current Broncos tonight for the first time this season. The ‘Canes have been struggling as of late having only collected one win in their last 12 outings – the win, a 4-0 victory last Wednesday against the Vancouver Giants.

The Hurricanes will have a new look when they step onto the ice tonight as leading-scorer Riley Sheen was traded to Red Deer earlier this week for d-man Devan Fafard and forward Brayden Burke – neither will be in the line up as they continue to rehab from injuries.

In the lone meeting this season between the Broncos and Hurricanes, Swift Current stunned the ‘Canes coming back from a 3-0 third period deficit to win 4-3 in overtime on November 7th. Since that win, the Broncos have accumulated a record of 3-3-0-2 and sit 14-12-0-4 on the season.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

So-long Sheen: The Hurricanes made a big trade with division rival sending overage forward, and the teams leading scorer, Riley Sheen to the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for overage defenseman Devan Fafard and 17-year-old centre Brayden Burke. Both players are currently injured, and won’t be in the ‘Canes line up for at least another week or so.

Sensational Skinner: Since returning to the Hurricanes from injury, Stuart Skinner has been lights out. While only posting a record of 1-2-0-0, the ‘Canes 16-year-old goalie has stopped 37 shots in each of those three games. Skinner has kept his team in games and has a .920 save percentage this year.

New Month, New Opportunity: There is no doubt that the month of November was a disaster for the Lethbridge Hurricanes. A 1-8-2-0 record in the third month of the season has set them back, however, the turn of the calendar gives the ‘Canes a fresh start. Lethbridge was 5-6-1-1 in October and were beginning to play well. A good month, or week, like October will put the ‘Canes back in the hunt of a post-season berth.

Swift Current Point of View

Come Back Kids: The last time the Broncos and Hurricanes met was November 7th at the ENMAX Centre. Down 3-0 with ten minutes left in the third period, the Broncos began a comeback to force overtime and it was eventually capped off by their captain Colby Cave who scored an OT winner for a hat trick.

Gordon’s Good: Coda Gordon is having a terrific start his is final WHL season. The 20-year-old has collected 32 points (14g-18a) in the first 30 games of the season. Gordon, who hails from Cochrane, AB, has never had less than 53 points in a single WHL season and had a career-high 71 points last season.

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