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Game Notes: November 21st vs Kootenay Ice

2015-16 So Far: The Broncos are 8-13-2-0 after 23 games. They are 5-5-0-0 at home and 3-8-2-0 on the road. The Broncos sit 6th in the East Division and 10th in the East Conference. The Broncos went 0-5-0-0 on their US Swing putting them in a five game losing streak.

The Broncos are 3 points behind Saskatoon in the Eastern Wildcard standings for the 2nd playoff spot.

Kootenay is 5-16-2-0. They are last in the Central Division and East Conference. The Ice are nine points out of a Eastern Wildcard playoff spot.

Last Game: The Broncos fell to 0-5-0-0 on their US trip after a 4-1 loss Spokane. Calvin Spencer had the Bronco goal. The Broncos were without leading scorer Jon Martin, Jake Debrusk and played more than half the game without Glenn Gawdin who was injured early in the 2nd period. Martin, Gawdin and Debrusk are the Broncos’ top three scorers. Travis Child made 39 saves for the Broncos in goal.

The Ice are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Moose Jaw Warriors last night in Cranbrook.

Numbers South of the Border: Tyler Steenbergen lead the Broncos in scoring during their US Division Trip. Steenbergen had a goal and 5 points in the five games. Glenn Gawdin and Jon Martin lead the team in goals during the trip with 3 each.

VS The Ice: This is the first meeting of the two teams in the 2015-16 season. Last year the teams had identical 2-1-0-1 records vs each other.

 

Special Teams: The Bronco power play is 19.2% (15/78), which is 12th best in the WHL. The penalty kill is 70/83. That is 3rd best in the league at 84.3%.

The Ice power play is 10/96, which is 10.4%, the lowest league-wide. The Ice PK is 83/106, which is 78.3% and 18th in the league.

New Sheriff in Town: The Bronco players voted Jon Martin as the team captain for the 2015-16 seasons. Glenn Gawdin, Scott Feser and Jake Debrusk will serve as alternates. Martin was acquired early in October from the Kootenay Ice for a 4th round WHL Bantam Draft pick. Martin currently leads the WHL in goals with 22 and is 3rd in league scoring with 36 points.

Fun Fact: The last two Bronco team captains were former members of the Kootenay Ice organization. 2013-14 and 2014-15 captain Colby Cave was acquired from the Ice in the Cody Eakin trade while current captain Jon Martin came from the Ice this year. *excluding interim captains

Leaders: Jon Martin leads the team and The WHL in goals with 22. Martin is 3rd in the WHL in scoring with 36 points.

Landon Bow leads the WHL in saves with 590. Bow is 4th in minutes played with 1026.

Glenn Gawdin is 2nd in team scoring with 23 points.

Jon Martin leads the team in plus minus with a +15. Rookie defenseman Artyom Minulin is 2nd on the team in plus/minus with +9.

Jon Martin leads the team in power play goals with 3.

Kade Jensen leads the team in penalty minutes with 36.

Debrusk Out 1-2 weeks: Bronco forward Jake Debrusk sustained a lower body injury in a 3-1 loss to Victoria November 3rd. He was scheduled to play for Team WHL in the CHL Canada/Russia Series and was replaced by Dillon Dube of the Kelowna Rockets. He is out of the Bronco line-up for another 1-2 weeks.

Heward Back from World U17’s: Broncos assistant coach Jamie Heward has rejoined the team after a stint as assistant coach of Team Canada Red at The 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Heward and Team Canada Red lost to Sweden in the Bronze Medal game Saturday.

 

Broncos Prospects Shine in U16 Challenge Cup: 3 members of the Broncos Bantam Draft class of 2015 took part in the U16 Challenge Cup in Calgary. Josh Prokop and Jacob Bernard-Docker were a part of Gold Medal winning Team Alberta. 2000 born prospect Riley Stotts led silver medal winners Team Manitoba in scoring. Broncos Assistant General Manager Jamie Porter and Goaltending Coach Derek Purfield also lent their talents to Team Alberta.

Central Scouting with an Eye on Max: Max Lajoie has received an A level rating by NHL Central Scouting. Lajoie is a late birthday 1997 born player who is draft eligible in 2016.

Drafted Broncos: Glenn Gawdin was selected in the 4th round by the St. Louis Blues in 2015. Jake Debrusk was a 2015 first round pick of the Boston Bruins.

Who’s the Best? The WHL recently named its Top 125 players of all time. Fans can vote for their favorites. After fan voting, the greatest all time players in the WHL will be named this season. Former Broncos on the list are: Cody Eakin, Dan Lambert, Adam Lowry, Joe Sakic, Brian Sakic, Bryan Trottier and Tiger Williams.

The Roster: The Broncos have 24 players on their roster.

Imports are Andreas Schumacher from Sweden and Artyom Minulin from Russia.

20 year olds are Jon Martin, Scott Feser and Landon Bow.

There are 5 98’s; Kaden Elder, Tyler Steenbergen, Cole Johnson and Colby Sissons,

11 1997’s; Brendan Holterhus, Glenn Gawdin, Tristen Elder, Tyler Adams, Conner Chaulk, Brandan Arnold, Kade Jensen, Max Lajoie, Jaydan Gordon and Travis Child.

There are 6 96 born players: Cavin Leth, Jake Debrusk, Andreas Schumacher, Jordan Harris, Jordan Thomson and Calvin Spencer.

Sick Bay: Jake Debrusk is out 1-2 weeks with a lower body injury. Jordan Harris and Jon Martin sustained upper-body injuries earlier this week in Seattle and have missed the last two games. Glenn Gawdin missed more than half of last night’s game in Spokane after an apparent injury.

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