GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Broncos

GameDayPreview

exhigame3The Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes vs. Swift Current Broncos
Where: Coaldale Ice Arena
When: 7pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

*NOTE: This game will NOT be broadcast on either ROCK 106 or on WHL Live*

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‘Canes vs. Broncos in 2014/15: 0-3-1-0
Last Meeting: March 21st, 2015 (6-2 Broncos win in Swift Current)

‘Canes Record (2014/2015): 20-44-5-3
‘Canes Home Record (2014/2015)10-20-3-3
‘Canes Road Record (2014/2015): 10-24-2-0
‘Canes Record in the Pre-Season: 1-1-0-0

Broncos Record (2014/2015): 34-33-1-4
Broncos Home Record (2014/2015):
22-12-0-2
Broncos Road Record (2014/2015): 12-21-1-2
Broncos Record in the Pre-Season: 0-2-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Tyler Wong (27G, 29A, 56P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer in Pre-Season: Calen Addison (1G, 1A, 2P) and six others
Broncos Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Jake DeBrusk (42G, 39A, 81P)
Broncos Leading Scorer in Pre-Season: Tyler Steenbergen (0G, 3A, 3P)

The Break Down

Hockey Night in Coaldale! For the second straight season, the Lethbridge Hurricanes will be a ‘home’ game at the Coaldale Ice Arena. Tonight, the Hurricanes will welcome the Swift Current Broncos to what will be a jam-packed rink.

Last year, the Hurricanes played in front of a sellout crowd, but dropped a 5-3 decision to the Calgary Hitmen. Of the Hurricanes that played in that game, only Jaeger White, Ryan Vandervlis, Brandon Kennedy, Carter Folk and Stuart Skinner remain on the Hurricanes roster. Vandervlis is the only one left on the ‘Canes roster that scored a goal in that game as well.

Tonight, the Hurricanes look to build upon an impressive 6-1 victory over the Kootenay Ice on Tuesday night in Cranbrook. The ‘Canes dominated the game from start to finish outshooting the Ice 50-21 on the night.

In the two games the ‘Canes have played in the ENMAX Pre-Season thus far, the last four periods have belonged to the Hurricanes having controlled the play for the bulk of the time and creating a lot of scoring chances to go along with it. In those four periods, the ‘Canes have outscored the opposition 8-1.

It will be the first of a home-and-home against the Broncos with the second game coming on Sunday evening in Swift Current. The Hurricanes will look to continue the momentum they’ve created and continue to create the winning atmosphere while still having a long hard look at some full-time hopefuls.

Tonight’s game will go at 7:00pm at the Coaldale Ice Arena. Tickets are available at the Coaldale Food Market for just $10.00. Be sure to hurry in to get your seats because tickets are low.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

DO-perreault: Ben Duperreault, who played the last two seasons with the Moose Jaw Warriors, is doing everything he can to try and make this Hurricanes team come opening night on September 25th. The 19-year-old forward has come in on a try-out and has been very impressive to me. He has seemingly been on the score sheet in every game he’s played, including the scrimmages during training camp. For my estimation, he’s given the coaches a lot to think about.

Sweet 16: The last two drafts, 2014 and 2015, have seen a wealth of players be chosen by the Hurricanes and let me tell you, the future looks bright. Eliminate Jordy Bellerive for a moment who was taken second overall in the ’14 WHL Bantam Draft because you have to think he will be on this team. After that, the ‘Canes are still carrying three other 16-year-old hopefuls in defenseman Nick Watson and forwards Zane Franklin and Brett Davis. Franklin, who was taken 43rd overall in the second round in 2014 has been very impressive thus far. As a 15-year-old, he appeared in three games last year collecting a goal and an assist. If he continues to play the way he has, it will be hard for the coaches and management to send him back. Then, there is Brett Davis who was selected in the fourth round, 78th overall in ’14. Davis had one assist in three games last year as a 15-year-old and he has scored in each of the first two pre-season games. If he continues to progress the way he has, he may be a steal at 78.

Swift Current Point of View

Searching For Offense: Offense may be at a premium this season for the Swift Current Broncos. Sure, there is Jake DeBrusk who impressed with 42 goals and 81 points last season – good enough to get his name called 14th overall by the Boston Bruins this past spring. And yes, Glenn Gawdin, a fourth rounder by the St. Louis Blues, is still there too but after that, there isn’t much. Five of the Broncos top eight scorers from last year aren’t coming back. That includes overagers Colby Cave, Coda Gordon and Carter Rigby, a trio that combined for 78 goals and 182 points and ranked second, third and fifth respectively in team scoring. Not to mention, defenseman Brett Lernout and his 42 points might-or-might-not come back and former Hurricane Jay Merkley skipping out on his 20-year-old season to attend the University of Lethbridge to play with the Pronghorns. Least to say, the bulk of the load will be put onto DeBrusk and Gawdin to lead the team on the goal front.

Bow-Tie: The last season Landon Bow was exceptional for the Broncos and that needs to continue if the Broncos want to make the post-season again this year. It took until the final weekend last year for the team from Speedy Creek to secure a playoff spot, and that was with Bow posting an impressive .911 save percentage on a five-hundred team. His seven shutouts were key for the team and as an overage goalie, you have to think that Bow will be one of the best netminders in the WHL this season and if the Broncos are out of the playoff picture come early January – perhaps a huge piece for the Broncos to ship out of town for assets at the January 10th trade deadline (that of course, way down the road).

 

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