Game Day Hub: October 9
Portland Winterhawks vs. Swift Current Broncos It is back to business on Wednesday night as the Winterhawks have a quick turnaround from their Tuesday night tilt in Alberta. Portland will face a Swift Current team that is 2-3-0-0 on the year, with both wins coming at home in overtime.
Puck Drop: 6:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. MT
Venue: Innovation Credit Union i-plex (Swift Current, SK)
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Watch Live: WHL Live
Offense has been hard to come by for Portland during the first three Central Division games. The Winterhawks have been outscored 13-to-6 through the first half of the trip and they are looking to get back on track against a Broncos team that has struggled this season with a minus-13 goal differential.
In January 2019, the Winterhawks beat the Broncos 5-3 with 13 different Hawks registering a point in the victory. Goaltender Joel Hoer makes his return to the prairies for the first time since he was traded to Portland at the deadline last year. He stopped 43 shots in that game when he was still a member of Swift Current.
Earlier this week, the Broncos signed free agent goaltender and former Spokane Chief Reece Klassen to accompany Isaac Poulter in the crease. Only two players have scored multiple goals this season, but Swift Current has some young, unproven talent in their top lines. Ethan Regnier is one of the team's more veteran forwards with 130 games experience and a few points already this season. Also, first overall CHL Import selection and defenseman Kasper Puutio was recently named a B rated prospect on the NHL Central Scouting's 'Players to Watch' list.
The Broncos have had a favorable schedule to start the season seeing as six of their first seven games this year are at home, with the lone road game being a two hour drive to Medicine Hat.
THEY SAID IT:
"We have young forwards, older defense and older goaltending, so once our forwards just start putting pucks in the net like a couple of guys who just got their first (WHL) goals, once they start to get it, we will be a really good team." - goaltender Isaiah DiLaura
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Western Hockey League Stories from October 9, 2019
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- Calgary Hitmen Rise to Fifth in Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings - WHL
- Kovacevic to play for Team BC at the 2019 WHL Cup - Kelowna Rockets
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- Wheat Kings Deal Wytinck to Pats - Brandon Wheat Kings
- Pats Acquire Overage Defenceman Zach Wytinck from Wheat Kings - Regina Pats
- Cougars, Prince George Community Foundation Team up for Mega 50/50 Jackpot - Prince George Cougars
- Chyzowski and Streek to Represent Team British Columbia at WHL Cup - Portland Winterhawks
- Seven Prospects Named to 2019 WHL Cup Rosters - Kamloops Blazers
- Five Blades Prospects Headed to 2019 WHL Cup - Saskatoon Blades
- Three Oil Kings Prospects Named to Rosters for 2019 WHL Cup - Edmonton Oil Kings
- Collora Signs with Hurricanes - Lethbridge Hurricanes
- WHL Announces Rosters for 2019 WHL Cup - WHL
- Smith Named to Vaughn CHL Team of the Week - Spokane Chiefs
- Calling on Fans to Bring Food Donations Friday - Brandon Wheat Kings
- Preview: Broncos Host Winterhawks to IPlex in Lone Meeting of the Season - Swift Current Broncos
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- Giants Drop a 4-2 Decision Tuesday Night in Prince Albert - Vancouver Giants
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- Five Unanswered Goals Give Oil Kings Comeback Win over Pats - Edmonton Oil Kings
- Five Unanswered Doom Pats - Regina Pats
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