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. Broncos in 2014/15:
 0-1-1-0
Last Meeting: December 5th/2014 – 5-2 Broncos (in Swift Current)

‘Canes Record: 20-42-5-3
‘Canes Home Record: 10-19-3-3
‘Canes Road Record: 10-23-2-0

Broncos Record: 32-33-1-4
Broncos Home Record:
21-12-0-2
Broncos Road Record: 11-21-1-2

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (26G, 29A, 55P)
Broncos Leading Scorer: Jake DeBrusk (39G, 35A, 74P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes play their final home game of the hockey season tonight as they welcome the Swift Current Broncos at the ENMAX Centre at 7pm.

It is the “Jersey’s Off Our Back” and Awards Night for the Hurricanes. Prior to the game, the ‘Canes will be holding their annual awards ceremony and will honour the award winners and the graduating players. Following the game, the “Jersey’s Off Our Back” auction will take place as the Hurricanes red third jersey with the airplane logo will be auctioned off – it will be the only chance to purchase this edition of the airplane logo. As well, the ‘Canes will be handing out a team-signed poster to the fans upon exit (while supplies last).

The ‘Canes are coming in off a 6-3 loss on Wednesday night to the Kootenay Ice. Jayden Sittler was terrific despite allowing six goals against. Brady Reagan scored his first goal as a member of the Hurricanes after being acquired from the Regina Pats before the trade deadline. Affiliate player, Brett Davis, earned his first WHL points in just his second game picking up an assist on a Pavel Skumatov goal. Jamal Watson scored the other ‘Canes tally in the losing cause.

Tonight will be the third meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and Broncos. Hurricanes are 0-1-1-0 against Swift Current this year with the last meeting being a 5-2 Broncos win in Swift Current on December 5th. The only time this year that the Broncos were in Lethbridge was November 7th when Swift Current erased a 3-0 third period deficit winning 4-3 in overtime.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Salute to the 20’s: Mike Winther, Devan Fafard and Nick Walters will all play their final home game of their career. The three, who have combined for more than 850 WHL games in their career, will ride off into the sunset as their junior careers come to an end.

Spoilers: The Hurricanes, while failing to qualify for the post-season, can play spoiler in their final weekend with the ability to potentially take playoffs away from the Broncos. If the ‘Canes win tonight, or both games, the chances that Swift Current makes the dance is a lot lower.

Swift Current Point of View

Struggling Broncos: The Broncos have been struggling, to say the least, in the final weeks of the season. In a dog fight for a playoff spot, Swift Current has been playing their worst hockey of the season having won just twice in their last ten games. You can be sure that they will be fired up tonight as a Bronco win and a Warrior loss will clinch a playoff berth for Swift Current.

Apple Falls Far From the Tree: There’s an old expression, “Father like son,” and in the case of Jake DeBrusk maybe the only thing that’s similar to his dad Louie is that they both play hockey. Louie, a former NHL enforcer, passed along some terrific hands to his son Jake. The only difference is that Jake uses his hands for offense not fisticuffs. Jake leads the Broncos in goals (39) and points (74).

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