Game Preview: Storm host Rangers for the final chapter of Highway Seven series
As the season draws to a close, the Guelph Storm play host to the Kitchener Rangers on Grandparents Day presented by Revera Retirement Stone Lodge. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm.
The final chapter of the Highway Seven rivalry is set for Tuesday night when the Guelph Storm (20-38-4-2, 5th Midwest) welcome the Kitchener Rangers (35-26-2-2, 4th Midwest) to the Sleeman Centre, for the final time this season.
Tuesday night marks the first of a four-game week for the Storm, and they will hope to finish the 2016-17 season on a high note. Currently riding a seven-game losing streak, the Storm will look to snap the skid against the Rangers.
Kitchener wraps up a three-game road trip Tuesday night and will hope to build off their 4-3 overtime win over the Flint Firebirds last Saturday. Despite leading the season series 5-2, the Rangers have had their struggles against Guelph, winning by just one goal in their last two contests.
Puck drop is slated for 7:00 pm.
Oct. 10: Guelph 4 @ Kitchener 8
Boxscore for Oct. 10
Oct. 16: Guelph 2 vs Kitchener 3
Boxscore for Oct. 16
Nov. 20: Guelph 3 @ Kitchener 6
Boxscore for Nov. 20
Dec. 17: Guelph 5 vs. Kitchener 2
Boxscore for Dec. 17
Jan. 3: Guelph 2 vs. Kitchener 5
Boxscore for Jan. 3
Jan. 20: Guelph 3 @ Kitchener 2
Boxscore for Jan. 20
Feb. 28: Guelph 3 @ Kitchener 4
Boxscore for Feb. 28
- Guelph Storm
After back-to-back strong performances, Issac Ratcliffe will be looking to continue his momentum against the Rangers. The London, Ontario native had a great week, being named the Storm’s Player of the Week for the fourth time this season. Ratcliffe earned the honours after scoring his 24th goal of the season against the Saginaw Spirit and adding two assists during Sunday’s game against the London Knights. In total, the six-foot-six, 195-poind forward has 24 goals and 24 assists for 48 points in 63 games played.
Tied with Ratcliffe for the team lead in points is rookie defenceman, Ryan Merkley. The Mississauga, Ontario native has excelled in the Highway Seven rivalry recording nine points in seven games. The defence currently sits 1th in OHL defenceman scoring and is the league’s top rookie with 10 goals and 38 assists for 48 points in 58 games.
Cedric Ralph has really elevated his game over his last few games. The Peterborough, Ontario continues to improve in his first full OHL season, excelling at the draw. Registering two points over his last five games, Ralph has also shown his ability to play away from the puck and was a major thorn in the side of the Knights last Sunday. The five-foot-nine, 165-pound forward now has seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in 52 games played.
- Kitchener Rangers
After an impressive showing against Flint on Saturday evening, Nick McHugh will be riding a wave of momentum coming into Tuesday night’s contest. The Gloucester, Ontario native was the overtime hero after he batted in the game winner in a thrilling 4-3 final. The five-foot-10, 160-pound winger has 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in 55 games and is just four points back of doubling his rookie totals.
Sunday’s win saw the Rangers snap their three-game slump mainly thanks to the performance of Connor Bunnaman. The Guelph, Ontario native played a huge role in the Ranger’s victory over the Firebirds, recording his second hat-trick of the season. The Philadelphia Flyers prospect has three goals against the Storm this season but has yet to record a point in his hometown. In total, the six-foot-three, 214-pound forward has 34 goals and 15 assists for 49 points in 61 games.
Rounding out the Kitchener trio is Maple, Ontario native Adam Mascherin. Currently third in team scoring with 34 goals and 64 assists for 98 points in 62 games played. Elevating his play in the Highway Seven series, Mascherin averages two points a game against the Storm. The Florida Panthers prospect is riding a three-game point streak and will be looking to reach the 100-point mark for the first time in his OHL career.
- Tuesday marks the eighth and final meeting between the Highway Seven rivals.
- Kitchener currently leads the season series 5-2.
- Givani Smith enters Tuesday night with a three-game point streak.
- 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!
- This weekend the Storm play at home on Friday, March 17, against the Sarnia Sting and on Sunday, March 19, versus the Owen Sound Attack, giving Storm fans the chance to take advantage of the Weekend Pass Ticket Deal! For more information on the Weekend Pass deal, click here!
The 2016-17 Season is proudly presented by RBC