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Game Preview: 2016-17 season concludes with Highway Six clash

The Guelph Storm will close out the 2016-17 season playing host to the Owen Sound Attack, for the final installment of the Highway Six series, presented by Goodlife Fitness.

It’s the final game of the season for the Guelph Storm (20-38-4-2, 5th in the Midwest), and they will look to finish strong as they host Highway Six rivals, the Owen Sound Attack (48-15-2-2, 2nd Midwest). The Storm have split their first two games of their three-in-three set.

The final game of the season could have major ramifications on the standings for the Attack, as they sit just one point ahead of the Knights. Owen Sound enters with a seven game win-streak and have recorded a point in 11 straight contests.

March 4, was the last time these two teams squared off and it was one of the most thrilling contests of the season. The Highway Six rivals traded goals en route to a crazy 6-5 overtime final.

Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 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

Mar. 4: Guelph 5 @ Owen sound 6 OT
Boxscore for Mar. 4

Player Watch

  • Guelph Storm

Likely to get the start in the paint on Sunday is veteran goaltender Liam Herbst. The Etobicoke, Ontario native was strong in his last outing picking up the decision in the Storm 4-2 win over the Sarnia Sting, turning aside 27 of the 29 shots faced. On the season, the six-foot-four, 193-pound goaltender has posted a 3.86 goals-against-average and average and .896 save percentage through 47 appearances with a record of 14-22-5.

Coming off a two-point night in Erie on Saturday, Storm captain Garrett McFadden will look to conclude the season on a high note. The Kincardine, Ontario native enters Sunday with a season-high four game point streak and has 10 points in his last 10 contests. Currently sixth in team scoring, McFadden will have a chance to tie his season totals from last season, just three points back, despite playing in 10 fewer games. In total, the veteran defenceman has 12 goals and 25 assists for 47 points in 57 games.

The Highway Six rivalry has been friendly to first-year import, Albert Michnac. The Prague, Czech Republic native recorded his first OHL point and goal against the Attack on October 1, and he’s continued his strong play against Owen Sound over the course of the season, recording five points in seven games thus far. Currently fifth in team scoring, Michnac is just two points from the 40-point mark and enters on fire scoring in the first two games of the three-in-three weekend. In total, the five-foot-11, 175-pound forward has 15 goals and 23 assists for 38 points in 64 games.

  • Owen Sound Attack

The Attack’s stellar season has come on the backs of several breakout seasons by Owen Sound’s core. Leading the way is sophomore forward, Nick Suzuki. The London, Ontario native is fourth in league points and third in goals. No stranger to the Highway Six rivalry, Suzuki scored a hat-trick including the game-winning goal on March 4. Registering 20 points over his last 10 games, the five-foot-11, 183-pound centre now has 45 goals and 50 assists for 95 points.

Tied with Suzuki, in points is veteran forward Petrus Palmu. The native of Joensuu, Finland is just three point from doubling last year’s total of 49 points. Palmu enters Sunday with an 11-game point streak, recording 22 points during that span. In total, the five-foot-seven, 172-pound forward has 40 goals and 55 assists for 95 points in 61 games played.

Flying under the radar is Maksim Sushko. The native of Brest, Belarus has had a great rookie campaign, with the attack and is currently 11th in rookie scoring. Like Guelph’s Michnac, the rookie forward recorded his first OHL point on October 1 against Guelph. In total, the six-foot, 185-pound forward has 17 goals and 14 assists for 31 points in 53 games, including two points against the Storm.

Game Notes:

  • This will be the eighth and final meeting between the Highway Six rivals this season.
  • The Attack have a 4-2 season series lead.
  • Sunday’s game will conclude the 2015-16 campaign for the Storm.
  • Garrett McFadden (Kincardine, On) carries a four-game point streak when his hometown team makes their final visit to the Sleeman Centre.
  • Ryan Merkley enters Sunday with a three-game point streak.

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The 2016-17 Season is proudly presented by RBC

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