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Game Preview: Storm return home to battle the Otters

After a three-game road trip, the Guelph Storm are excited to return to the Sleeman Centre to take on divisional rivals, the Erie Otters. 

 

Tickets are still available for Friday night’s game! Get yours here!

 

It’s been a tough stretch for Guelph (3-5-0, 5th Midwest), currently riding a four-game losing skid, but the Storm are ready to return home. The Storm have played well at the Sleeman Centre, averaging four goals per game, and they’ll look to rally behind the Storm faithful to get back into the win column on Friday night.

 

The Otters (4-3-0, 3rd Midwest), enter Friday night’s game on a roll. Currently riding a three-game win streak, Erie, has averaged six goals in their last three contests, most recently beating Sarnia 7-2.

The Otters swept the season series last year, and the Storm will look to flip the script starting Friday night.

 

Puck drop is slated for 7:30 PM.

 

Player Watch

  • Guelph Storm

One of the hottest players in the league right now is none other than Storm sophomore, Isaac Ratcliffe. The London native currently has the second longest point streak in the OHL at six games. During that time Ratcliffe has amassed two goals and five assists for seven points.

 

Veteran forward Givani Smith finally threw the monkey off his back Wednesday night, when he scored his first goal of the season on a spectacular play. The Toronto native now has three points in his first five games, and he’ll look to find the scoresheet for the second straight game for the first time this season.

 

On December 29, 2013, Chatham native, James McEwan played his first OHL game and on December 20, 2014, McEwan recorded his first OHL assist, both these milestones came against the Otters. McEwan will look to build on his success versus Erie, as last season the veteran centre recorded two goals and two assists in six games versus Erie. In six games, McEwan has tallied three goals and one assist for four points.

 

  • Erie Otters

The Otters offense is led by Taylor Raddysh, who currently sits seventh in league scoring. The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect has amassed four goals and eight assists for 12 points in five games, which is an impressive 2.40 points-per-game. The Caledon native has found the scoresheet in all five games, four of them were multi-point games.

 

Erie’s offense also features the lethal Alex DeBrincat, the Blackhawks prospect has scored 51 goals in his first two seasons. Since returning from Chicago’s training camp DeBrincat has scored six goals and five assists in four games. The Michigan native has scored 108 goals and added 108 assists for 216 points in 132 games played, including 18 points against the Storm.

 

Rounding out the Otters offense is Sophomore forward, Ivan Lodnia. The Michigan native was recently named to the NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch list, receiving an “A” ranking and has lived up to the hype. Lodnia has recorded five goals and two assists for seven points in six games.

 

GAME NOTES:

  • The Storm and the Otters will meet for the first of six times this season
  • Isaac Ratcliffe enters the game with a six-game point streak
  • Friday night’s game is Rogers TV Night!
  • Following Saturday’s game, the Storm will take on the Kitchener Rangers on Sunday afternoon for a 2:00 PM start. Get your tickets HERE.

Upcoming Events…

  • Brent Johnson of Wellington Motors Chrysler Jeep Dodge Fiat’s annual Food Drive is this Sunday at the Sleeman Centre, encouraging fans to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations in support of the Guelph Food Bank. (For more information, click here.)
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