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Game Preview: Storm visits the Knights for the final time

Opening a busy three-game weekend, the Guelph Storm make their final visit to London to face the Knights on Thursday night.

Both the Guelph Storm (20-35-4-2, 5th Midwest) and the London Knights (41-13-3-4, 2nd Midwest) enter Thursday night looking to get back into the win column.

The Storm enter Thursday night following a heartbreaking overtime defeat to Highway Six rivals, the Owen Sound Attack and will have another tough task as they enter a building that hasn’t been friendly to them over the years. With a record of 2-10-2-0 over the last five years, the Storm will be in search of their first regular season win in London since 2012.

Currently, seven teams in the Western Conference have clinched a spot in the playoffs, creating a tight seeding race. London finds themselves in the middle that race, just four points back of the first-place Erie Otters while sitting only one point ahead of the red-hot Attack and three points ahead of the fifth-place, Windsor Spitfires.  With a record of 6-4 over their last 10, the Knights will need a better effort if they hope to keep pace in the Western Conference standings.

Thursday night’s game will be broadcasted on Sportsnet 360, fans can also listen to the game on 1460 CJOY.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Season Series

Nov. 12: Guelph 1 @ London 4
Boxscore from Nov. 12

Nov. 26: Guelph 3 vs. London 5
Boxscore from Nov. 26

Dec. 16: Guelph 1 @ London 4
Boxscore from Dec. 16 

Feb. 26: Guelph 1 vs. London 8
Boxscore from Feb. 26

Player Watch

  • Guelph Storm

Givani Smith has had individual success against the Knights scoring four of the Storm’s six goals against London this season. The Toronto, Ontario native was named the Storm’s player of the week following his hat-trick against the Attack and will look to maintain his momentum heading into the final stretch of the season. In total, the Detroit Red Wings prospect has 25 goals and 15 assists for 40 points in 58 games, just two points back from his career-high set last season.

Storm veteran, James McEwan has been one of the Guelph’s most consistent scorers since the new year, recently climbing into the top-five in team scoring. The Chatham, Ontario native has six points in his last five games will hope to add onto that total on Thursday night. In total, McEwan has 16 goals and 18 assists for 34 points in 41 games, including three points in three games against London.

Last Saturday marked the return for Storm captain Garrett McFadden, after missing eight games due to a suspension. The Kincardine, Ontario native picked up where he left off recording a two-point night to extend his point streak to three games. With two points, the veteran defenceman leapfrogged Andrey Pedan for sixth in All-time points by a defenceman in franchise history. In total, McFadden has 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points in 51 games.

 

  • London Knights

It has been quite the season for Knights sophomore Sam Miletic. The former 15th round pick by London has 31 goals and 14 assists for 45 points in 58 games. Currently ranked 19th in the league in goals scored, the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan native has vastly improved on his numbers from last season where he recorded three goals and 11 assists in 35 games. Against the Storm, Miletic has three points in four games.

Knight’s rookie forward, Liam Foudy has enjoyed some career highlights when facing the Storm, recording his first career OHL goal on November 12 and then his first multi-point game on February 26. The six-foot, 170-pound centre is second in London’s rookie scoring with eight goals and four assists for 12 points in 51 games played.

A lot of eyes will be on sophomore centre, Robert Thomas, a top prospect in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. The Aurora, Ontario native has done some damage against the Storm this season with five points in four games. With several players from last year’s Memorial Cup championship team graduated from the OHL, Thomas has stepped up and taken full advantage of the opportunity, currently tied for third in team scoring. In total, the six-foot, 188-pound forward has 16 goals and 42 assists for 58 points in 59 games.

GAME NOTES

  • Thursday night is the fifth of six meetings between the two teams.
  • London leads the season series 4-0.
  • Garrett McFadden enters Thursday with three-game point streak.

Upcoming Events…

  • This weekend the Storm play at home on Friday, March 10, against the Saginaw Spirit and on Sunday, March 12, versus the London Knights, giving Storm fans the chance to take advantage of the Weekend Pass ticket deal! For more information on the Weekend Pass deal, click here!
  • Wednesday, March 15: Head on over to Buffalo Wild Wings on Harvard Road for the annual Buffalo Wild Wings Charity Server night. Storm players will serve guests and meet fans from 6-8pm in support of Guelph Wish Fund for Children. For more information, click here!

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