GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Broncos

GameDayPreview

Game8-SwiftCurrentThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Swift Current Broncos
Where: Credit Union I-Plex
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Broncos in 2014/15: 0-3-1-0
Last Meeting: September 13th/2015 (6-2 Hurricanes in Swift Current — pre-season)

‘Canes Record: 5-2-0-0
‘Canes Record (2014/2015):
 20-44-5-3
‘Canes Home Record: 4-1-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 1-1-0-0

Broncos Record: 4-4-1-0
Broncos Record (2014/2015): 34-33-1-4
Broncos Home Record:
2-2-0-0
Broncos Road Record: 2-2-1-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (2G, 14A, 16P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer (2014/2015):
 Tyler Wong (27G, 29A, 56P)
Broncos Leading Scorer: Jon Martin (10G, 7A, 17P)
Broncos Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Jake DeBrusk (42G, 39A, 81P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes travel to Swift Current tonight for the first of two straight games against the Broncos, albeit a week apart.

The Hurricanes have won three straight games entering play tonight having knocked off the Regina Pats 6-4 on Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre. Tyler Wong scored a third period hat-trick in the win while Ryley Lindgren added a pair. In their last three games, the Hurricanes have lit the lamp a total of 18 times while surrendering just six goals.

The Hurricanes enter action tonight with a 5-2-0-0 record – their best start to a hockey season since the 2008-2009 season. The ‘Canes currently sit third in the Central Division, just two points back of the Red Deer Rebels for first – ‘Canes have played three less games then Red Deer.

The Broncos are coming off a 5-3 loss last night in Brandon against the Wheat Kings. Swift Current enters tonight’s match up with a 4-4-1-0 record. Jon Martin, who was acquired by the Broncos from the Kootenay Ice, has racked up 13 points (7g-6a) in just five games with Swift Current since the trade and leads their team in scoring.

The Hurricanes posted an 0-3-1-0 record in four meetings last season against the Broncos.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Captain Clutch: Tyler Wong is currently first in the WHL with goals having potted 11 in the first seven games. He has had four multi-goal games already this season including his third career hat-trick on Wednesday against the Pats. He has scored 32% of the Hurricanes goals this season.

Goals? Not a Problem: The Hurricanes have outscored their opposition 28-8 in their five wins this season. That is an average of 5.60 to 1.60. The ‘Canes have scored at least five goals in every win this season. In their three-game winning streak, the Hurricanes have lit the lamp 18 times.

Swift Current Point of View

Martin Leading The Way: The Broncos made a big trade by acquiring overage forward Jon Martin from the Kootenay Ice for a fourth round draft pick. Martin is ALREADY having a career season through just nine games. The Winnipeg product has already tied his career-high of 10 goals entering play tonight and leads the Broncos in scoring with 17 points.

Big Team: The Broncos are one of the bigger teams in the WHL. 19 of their 25 players are 6-feet or taller, including six players 6’3″ or taller — their tallest player is Andreas Schumacher and Landon Bow who are 6’5″. The Hurricanes have 15 players at or above 6-feet tall.

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