GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Broncos

GameDayPreview

exhigame4The Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes @ Swift Current Broncos
Where: Credit Union I-Plex
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: September 11th, 2015 (2-1 Broncos win in Coaldale)

‘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: 1-2-0-0

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: 1-2-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Tyler Wong (27G, 29A, 56P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer in Pre-Season: Calen Addison (1G, 1A, 2P) and seven others
Broncos Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Jake DeBrusk (42G, 39A, 81P)
Broncos Leading Scorer in Pre-Season: Tyler Steenbergen (0G, 4A, 4P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes continue the ENMAX Pre-Season tonight as they travel to Swift Current to take on the Broncos in the second of a home-and-home between the two. The Broncos took the first of the home-and-home on Friday by a 2-1 score in Coaldale at the Coaldale Ice Arena.

Tonight will be the fourth game of the exhibition schedule for the Hurricanes who sit with a record of 1-2-0-0 thus far through the first half of the pre-season. Both losses for the Hurricanes have seen them press hard for a game-tying goal but fall just short by a single marker.

The Hurricanes played a strong, fast and exciting game on Friday night in front of a capacity crowd in Coaldale. Egor Babenko scored the ‘Canes lone goal in the loss just five seconds into the third period for his first of the pre-season. Justin Gutierrez, who played in his first game of the warm-up season, earned an assist on the Babenko goal. Brandon Kegler was strong in the Hurricanes goal stopping 29 of 31 shots he faced in the game as he went the distance playing all 60 minutes.

Tonight, the Hurricanes will look to draw even on the record standpoint of the pre-season but it will also be another good opportunity for the coaching staff and management to take a look at those who are on the proverbial “bubble” of making the team. Expect to see some veterans play, but also don’t be surprised if roster hopefuls like Darian Skeoch, Ben Duperreault and the 16-year-olds continue to play tonight against the Broncos.

The Hurricanes will conclude the 2015 ENMAX Pre-Season next Thursday and Friday with a pair of games in the Crowsnest Pass. The ‘Canes will begin the 2015-2016 regular season schedule when they host the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday, September 25th at 7:00pm in the Dairy Queen Home Opener. Individual game tickets are now available by calling 403-329-SEAT.

 

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Kegler Creating Questions: For the first time in multiple years, the Hurricanes are returning the goaltending tandem that finished the previos year, as both Stuart Skinner and Jayden Sittler are back at camp. However, there may be some decisions to make if Brandon Kegler continues to play solid between the pipes. Granted, the game-winning goal on Friday night by Scott Feser was kind of a ‘softy’ that Kegler would like to have back, the rest of the game the 18-year-old netminder was steady. Not flashy, although made a couple of nice in-close glove stops, but there when needed. It will be interesting to see where the ‘Canes go when it comes to between the pipes if Kegler can continue to push for a spot.

Skeoch Fighting For A Spot: One of the hopefuls that I have been surprised by this camp is waiver claim Darian Skeoch. The big defenseman doesn’t skate the best, he’s not the fastest and he won’t give you many point from the back-end, but boy is he mean. Never afraid to shy away from laying the body or the lumber to clear the front of the net. It looks like he doesn’t want to go back to the AJHL and he may not if he keeps his game simple and positionally sound.

Swift Current Point of View

Steenbergen Due for Breakout: On Friday, one of the players that I was impressed by was sophomore forward Tyler Steenbergen for the Broncos. He didn’t have the greatest first season, albeit as a 16-year-old, it’s always difficult to be explosive offensively unless your name is Sam Steel or Tyler Benson, and those are the exception. Steenbergen will enter his second season as a draft-eligible 17-year-old. So far, he leads the Broncos with four assists in four games. With the loss of guys like Coda Gordon and Colby Cave, look to Steenbergen to play a bigger role offensively for Swift Current this season.

Bow’s Child: Everybody knows that the crease in Swift Current belongs to overage goaltender Landon Bow, but their back-up is no slouch. From Killam, Alberta, Travis Child was sharp on Friday night stopping 39 of 40 Hurricanes shots in the game. The 18-year-old had a decent rookie season posting a 3.40 goals against average and a .894 save percentage in 22 games last year. Child plays a lot like Bow, and with another year to have Bow tutor him Child should be prepped and ready to take over for Bow come next year.

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