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Game Preview: Storm travel Highway Six for final time

The Highway Six rivalry resumes Saturday night when the Guelph Storm travel to Owen Sound to battle the Attack for a 7:30 pm puck drop.

Looking to buck their recent trend, the Guelph Storm (20-35-3-2, 5th Midwest) will turn to the Highway Six. Coming off a 6-0 loss on Friday, the Storm head to Owen sound to face off against the Attack (41-15-2-2, 3rd Midwest) for their sixth of eight meetings this season.

The Attack will also have the idea of rebounding in mind after their comeback bid fell short Thursday night, falling 5-4 in overtime to the Petes. The Attack have been one of the hottest teams in the league since early December, losing in regulation just twice since December 9.

Over the last 10 games, the Storm have gone 2-8-0-0, while the Attack have compiled a 7-1-1-1 record.

Puck drop is slated for 7:30 pm.

Season Series

Oct. 1: Guelph 4 @ Owen Sound 2
Boxscore for Oct. 1

Oct. 26: Guelph 2 @ Owen Sound 5
Boxscore for Oct. 26

Oct. 28: Guelph 3 vs. Owen Sound 1
Boxscore for Oct. 28

Dec. 9: Guelph 1 vs. Owen Sound 8
Boxscore for Dec. 9

Jan. 11: Guelph 2 @ Owen Sound 8
Boxscore for Jan. 11

Jan. 13: Guelph 3 vs. Owen Sound 7
Boxscore for Jan. 13

Player Watch

  • Guelph Storm

Guelph’s offence is led by rookie defenceman Ryan Merkley with 47 points (10 goals and 37 assists) in 54 games played. The Mississauga, Ontario native has been an offensive catalyst averaging six shots per game over his last two contests. In head-to-head action against the Attack, Merkley has three points in four meetings.

The Highway Six rivalry has been very special to first-year import Albert Michnac, recording his first OHL point and goal on October 1 against the Attack. The Prague, Czech Republic native has registered 13 goals and 20 assists for 33 points in 57 games, including three against the Midwest divisional rivals.

  • Owen Sound Attack

Leading the charge for the attack is sophomore forward Nick Suzuki, who’s currently sitting sixth in OHL scoring with 36 goals and 45 assists for 81 points in 57 games played. The London, Ontario native enters Saturday night with a four-game point streak, recording 10 points during that stretch. A prospect in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has 10 points in six games in the season series.

Right behind Suzuki, is Finnish import Petrus Palmu, currently ranked eighth overall in OHL scoring with 33 goals and 46 assists for 79 points in 54 games played. The veteran forward also enters Saturday with a four-game point streak, with six points during that span. Palmu has seven points in head-to-head action this season.

GAME NOTES

  • Saturday’s game is the seventh of eight meetings between the Highway Six rivals.
  • Owen Sound leads the season series 3-2.

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