Broncos Host Hurricanes in Pre Season Action Saturday
The Records: The Broncos are 3-1-0-1. Tonight will mark their first pre-season contest at home.. The Broncos sit first in the East Division and first in the Eastern Conference pre-season standings.
Lethbridge is tied for fourth place in the WHL Central Division with a record of 1-2-0-0. They possess an 0-2-0-0 record at home and 1-0-0-0 mark on the road.
VS Lethbridge: Swift Current won the only other meeting against Lethbridge on Friday, September 9th when they edged out a 4-3 win.
Special Teams: The Broncos power play is clicking at a league-best 30.8% rate (8/26), while the penalty kill ranks 21st with a 65.0% success rate.
Lethbridge scores on 25.0% of their power play opportunities which is 7th best in the WHL. The Hurricanes penalty kill sits 20th overall with a 68.8% conversion rate.
Who to Watch: Aleksi Heponiemi is first overall in WHL pre-season scoring with 10 points (5g-5a) in four games.
Blue liner Artyom Minulin is first in pre-season assists with seven and is tied for second overall in WHL pre-season scoring (0g-7a).
Game Winners: Glenn Gawdin, Lane Pederson and Max Lajoie each have one game winner thus far in the 2016 pre-season
Leaders: Aleksi Heponiemi leads the team and the WHL in points with 10 (5g-5a). His five goals are tied for first with teammate Glenn Gawdin.
Defenceman, Artyom Minulin leads the team and WHL in assists with seven.
Sahvan Khaira leads the team in penalty minutes with eight.
Goaltender Travis Child leads the team in major goaltending categories including: 2 wins, 2.17 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.
Central Scouting with an Eye on pair of Broncos: Aleksi Heponiemi and Artyom Minulin have cracked the NHL Central Scouting Futures List and are both eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.
Drafted Broncos: Glenn Gawdin was selected in the fourth round by the St. Louis Blues in 2015. Max Lajoie was drafted by the Ottawa Senators, 133rd overall in the 2016 NHL Draft.
The Roster: The Broncos have 29 players on their roster.
Imports are Aleksi Heponiemi from Finland and Artyom Minulin from Russia.
Calvin Spencer is the lone 20-year-old on the roster. There are eleven 1997 born players on the roster: Glenn Gawdin, Tristen Elder, Lane Pederson, Arthur Miller, Tyler Adams, Conner Chaulk, Brandan Arnold, Kade Jensen, Max Lajoie, Taz Burman and Travis Child.
Seven 1998’s; Kaden Elder, Tyler Steenbergen, Cole Johnson, Colby Sissons, Artyom Minulin, Sahvan Khaira and Matthew Stanley.
Six 1999’s: Josh Baker, Aleksi Heponiemi, Tanner Mole, Dom Schmiemann, Noah King and Bailey Brkin. Three 2000-born players: Riley Stotts, Quinton Waitzner and Owen Blocker. Logan Barlage is the lone 2001-born player on the roster.
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