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The Swift Current Broncos return from the holiday season to take on the Medicine Hat Tigers. Both teams have won 4 of their last 6 games and are in similar positions in the WHL Eastern Conference standings… but it’s the first time the old rivals have met one another this season. They will have a good chance to familiarize themselves with one another as they play a home and home this weekend.
There are a couple of important notes about tonight’s game. First of all there will be a special pre-game ceremony with Tigers Assistant Coach Darren Kruger dropping the puck to honour the four young Broncos who died in the 1986 bus crash. It is also Minor Hockey Night sponsored by Crescent Point as any minor hockey players with their jerseys on get in free.
Don’t forget the Broncos are without goalie Eetu Laurikainen as he’s been playing (backing up in the first two games) for Finland at the World Junior Championship. They’re also missing defenceman Brycen Martin who is suiting up at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. It will be interesting to see how much the holiday break helped them heal up some battered bodies after a long stretch of games in early BC.
So far this season Medicine Hat has scored 7 more goals than the Broncos. They have also allowed 26 more. The Broncos have been excellent defensively in December allowing only 16 goals over 9 games. Broncos Captain Adam Lowry has scored 12 times himself over that same span. He enters the game on a 7 game goal scoring streak and a 12 game point streak. I’d say he should be in serious consideration for WHL Player of the Month.
It’s a great old rivalry and the first game after the holiday break with lots of friends and family in town… I expect a good crowd a lot of fun at the rink tonight. Hope to see you there! If you can’t make it we’ve always got the game for you on The Eagle 94.1 FM with The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey.