Swift Current Broncos AT Red Deer Rebels
Tonight's match up is the first of three on the season between the two clubs. Red Deer will look to continue its modest 2 game win streak to start the season while Swift Current will look to bounce back following a 4-1 loss to Brandon last Saturday.
Last season the Rebels went 2-1-0-1 against the Broncos. They are currently 1-0-0-0 on the season at home and the Broncos are 1-0-0-0 on the road as they opened the season with a shootout win in Brandon. Swift Current and Brandon were the first teams to reach the shootout after the WHL adopted the new 3 on 3 overtime format.
Rebels To Watch
WHL rookie Michael Spacek lit it up last weekend with 3 goals and 2 assists in the two game set versus the Edmonton Oil Kings. This included the game winner in regulation on Saturday and the OT winner on Sunday. 3 of his 5 points were on the power play.
Colorado Avalanche draft pick, Conner Bleackley, was returned to the team this week. He would like to continue his captaincy where he left off . Conner had 49 points (27g-22a) in 51 games last season and a goal and an assist in the playoffs last year.
Broncos To Watch
Former Red Deer Rebel, Scott Feser, will be making his return to the Centrium. Scott has played in 2 games with the Broncos since the trade on June 25th.
Jake DeBrusk, Boston Bruins draft pick from the 2015 draft, is pegged to return to the line up after his first NHL training camp. Jake had 81 points (42G-39A) in 72 games with the Broncos last season. He returns as a leading scorer and will boost the offense on a team lacking scoring.
Goals 3- Spacek
Assists 2- Spacek, Nikolishin, Musil
Points 5- Spacek
+/- +2 - Shmoorkoff
Goals 1- Chaulk, Adams
Assists 1- Three players
Points 2- Chaulk
+/- even - six players
All of tonight's action will begin with puck drop at 7PM at the Enmax Centrium. As always Cam Moon and Troy Gillard with have the call starting at 6:30 with the Pre-game show, live on 106.7fm the Drive. The next game for the Red Deer Rebels is Saturday October 3rd, against the WHL Champions from last season the Kelowna Rockets.
Photo credit CHL Images