EX G3 PREVIEW: BRONCOS @ CANES
Coming off a 6-1 road thrashing of the Kootenay Ice, the Hurricanes will look to continue winning tonight at home against the Bronco’s. The game won’t be a traditional home game for the Canes, as the two teams will face-off in Coaldale at 7 pm.
Preview after the break…
Much like the Kootenay Ice, the Swift Current Bronco’s are a team in transition. Most anticipate that the Bronco’s will be in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference – largely due to Swift Current losing a significant number of impact players in the off-season. The Bronco’s managed to spread out their scoring for much of last season, and with the departure of many of last season’s depth forwards, there will be room for rookies to make a meaningful impact. Look for rookie Tyler Steenbergen and sophomore Andreas Schumacher to make a name for themselves early this fall. The Bronco’s haven’t relied heavily on rookies for a few years now and it will be interesting to see how their season shakes out as a result.
The Bronco’s also traded 1998 born defenseman Matthew Parsons to the Vancouver Giants for forward Brendan Holterhus yesterday. Holterhus is a big gritty forward. We may see him in tonight’s game but I would guess he is more likely to suit up in Swift Current for the rematch.
While many are already writing them off, things may not be as bleak in Swift Current as some would have you believe. Despite losing significant depth, the Bronco’s head into this season with a small, but notable crop of elite level players. Jake DeBrusk, Glenn Gawdin and goaltender Landon Bow were all major contributors last season. DeBrusk and Gawdin were both drafted this summer’s NHL entry draft and won’t be at tonight’s game as they are off attending NHL rookie camps, but once they return, they are capable of single-handedly stealing the Bronco’s games. For his part, Bow had a fantastic first half of 2014-2015 and will look to start strong again this fall. Bow played the entire sixty minutes of the Bronco’s last exhibition game (against the Tigers) and I’m not sure we will see him tonight.
Bronco’s Rookies to Watch For:
- Owen Seidel (F)
- Dominic Schmiemann (D)
- Colby Sissons (D)
- Max Lajoie (D)
As far as the Canes are concerned, they will want to continue the success they had Tuesday night in Cranbrook where they crushed Kootenay 6-1. The most impressive statistic from that game was how much the shot differential favored the Hurricanes. Look for the Canes to be fired up and keep shooting lots tonight.
With Estephan and Nielsen of the NHL rookie camps, I think we will likely see some combination of Wong, Atwal, Millette and Gutierrez in the lineup tonight. Neither of the latter two have gotten into a game yet and tonight I predict they will both make their Canes debut.
The roster is slowly getting smaller as Thunder Chief was released yesterday. Watch for Franklin, Bellerive and Davis to have big games tonight. For his part, Bellerive has been a little quiet in the exhibition season and I think he will break out tonight (assuming he dresses). I also expect journeyman forward Ben Duppereault will dress again tonight. He had a strong performance against the Ice and will be looking to cement his place on the roster as the exhibition season winds down.
In net, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Skinner Kegler combined start. Kegler was perfect in his half of Tuesday’s game and Skinner didn’t dress. Look for Skinner to start and Kegler to come in at half. We may see Kegler get a full game start in the next week, but I don’t think it will be tonight at “home”.
Last game, the Cane’s lineup wasn’t released until game time. Rest assured, if lineups are announced prior to the game tonight, you can see them on this page. This feature may be touch-and-go throughout the year depending on the team’s diligence in announcing lineups.
- Check back on the site immediately following the game for post-game thoughts and analysis.
- The Canes play a rematch on the road on Sunday against the Broncos. I would love to cover the game in some way, but I will actually be leaving early tomorrow morning for PEI on a fishing trip. I have a date with some wicked deep sea tuna and am also planning to check out the Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL) take on Cape Bretton Saturday evening. The Q starts their season weeks before the WHL and Saturday will be the Islanders second regular season game of the year. Keep tuned to Canes Domain for full thoughts on the game experience on the island. I am also still planning to find time to write a game preview for the Canes when they face the Bronco’s Sunday. You can expect to see that sometime Sunday morning.
Game Day Prediction: The Bronco’s, hungry for their first win, play a good road game and eek out a 3-2 win over the Canes.
Obvious Game Day Prediction: The game will sell out and have a unique and festive atmosphere as Coaldale residents make a point to enjoy themselves.
Not so Obvious Game Day Prediction: Prior to the game, the Canes will be sure to introduce the Bronco’s to the Coaldale Bakery. Upon discovery of their life altering cheese buns and donuts, the Bronco’s gorge themselves and struggle with heartburn for most of the night.
What are YOU excited to see from the teams tonight? Who will you be watching closely? Let us know in the comments section below.
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