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Game Preview: Guelph Storm @ Kitchener Rangers, 7:30pm

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Guelph Storm (7-6-0-2) vs. Kitchener Rangers (9-6-1-0)
Date | Time Friday, Nov. 3rd | 7:30 p.m.
Location Kitchener, ON. | Kitchener Memorial Auditorium (Directions)
Tickets Ticketmaster.com | (519) 578-1570
TV – 510 HD Live (Guelph)
– OHL Action Pak: Cogeco TV 480 Live (Ontario)
Video Stream OHL Live
Radio 1460 CJOY (Guelph)
Radio (Mobile) Android | iPhone/iPad
Next Home Game Friday, Nov. 10th  vs. North Bay (Tickets)
Social Media @Storm_City   | Facebook  | Instagram

The Guelph Storm will be visiting the Kitchener Rangers this Friday night for the second match up between the two clubs this season. Guelph took the first game with a 5-2 win and will look to continue their strong play against the team who won the season series last year. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

Kitchener Rangers 

The Kitchener Rangers currently sit atop the Midwest Division standings with a 9-6-1-0 record. They will be looking to improve upon their record in the last 10 games (5-5) with the emergence of Kole Sherwood. Sherwood was recently acquired via trade from the Flint Firebirds for a handful of draft picks. Sherwood was expected to remain with the Columbus Blue Jackets affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters, this season, however, was sent back to the OHL for another year of development. Coming off a high-ankle sprain, Sherwood has played just 5 games season, registering 2 goals and 3 assists. 4 of those points came in Kitchener’s 7-3 win over Erie on Wednesday night. Playing on a line with Adam Mascherin will surely be a difficult task for the opposition’s defense. As Sherwood develops chemistry with his new team, look for Kitchener’s offense to have a serious increase in production.

Guelph Storm

It appears the Guelph Storm have found a way out of their scoring troubles. Through the first 11 games of the season, the Storm were struggling to find the back of the net, averaging just over 2 goals per game. However, with 16 goals in their last four games, they seem ready to make a push up the standings in the Midwest division, a division currently led by the Kitchener Rangers.

Special teams will be an important factor leading into Friday’s game against the Rangers. The Storm have displayed an effective powerplay this season, capitalizing on over 20% of their chances. They have also displayed an ability to stay out of the box, averaging the lowest penalty minutes per game in the entire OHL. If they can stay out of the box and finish off on their powerplay opportunities, they will be a tough task for the Rangers.

HEAD TO HEAD
2017-18 Regular Season
GUE 1-0-0-0 KIT 0-1-0-0
2016-17 Regular Season
GUE 2-5-1-0 KIT 6-2-0-0
Last Five Years
GUE 16-16-1-0 KIT 17-16-0-0
Last Five Years At Guelph
GUE 11-5-1-0 KIT 6-11-0-0
Last Five Years At Kitchener
GUE 5-11-0-0 KIT 11-5-0-0
Previous Meetings This Season
TOP SCORERS
Guelph Kitchener
(4-11-15)
(8-6-14)
(8-4-12)
(4-7-11)
(5-7-12)
(3-7-10)
(3-8-11)
(5-4-9)
(4-6-10)
LAST 5 GAMES
Guelph Kitchener
4 – 0 W v. London (2017-10-29)
7 – 3 W @ Erie (2017-11-01)
4 – 5 L @ Erie (2017-10-28)
4 – 3 W v. Erie (2017-10-27)
1 – 2 L @ Oshawa (2017-10-21)
2 – 1 W @ Saginaw (2017-10-21)
1 – 5 L v. London (2017-10-20)
MATCH UP
Guelph Kitchener
Season Record 7-6-0-2 9-6-1-0
Last 10 Games 5-4-0-1 5-5-0-0
Streak 1-0-0-0 2-0-0-0
Last Game 4-0 W vs London (2017-10-29) Final 7-3 W @ Erie (2017-11-01) Final
Home Record 5-2-0-1 3-3-1-0
Away Record 2-4-0-1 6-3-0-0
Goals For 42 50
Goals Against 50 47
Power Plays 14/68 (20.6%) 8/60 (13.3%)
Power Plays – Home 6/38 (15.8%) 5/29 (17.2%)
Power Plays – Away 8/30 (26.7%) 3/31 (9.7%)
Penalty Killing 8/52 (84.6%) 9/66 (86.4%)
Penalty Killing – Home 3/30 (90%) 7/34 (79.4%)
Penalty Killing – Away 5/22 (77.3%) 2/32 (93.8%)
Leading Rookie Hillis (4-7-11) York (1-1-2)
Most Penalty Minutes Zach Poirier Connor Hall
Team PIM/GM 8.5/15 11.1/16

 

Players to Watch

Friday’s game will feature an important matchup of NHL draft prospects. There are 5 players on the projected lineup who have been named to the NHL Central Scouting’s 2017-18 Players to Watch List. Defensemen Ryan Merkley received an “A” rating which indicates a 1st Round Candidate for the upcoming NHL draft. Other prospects in the game are Guelph’s Owen Lalonde and Cameron Hillis as well as Kitchener’s Giovanni Vallati and Riley Damiani. Players to Watch:

Guelph’s line of Alexey Toropchenko, Isaac Ratcliffe, and Cameron Hillis are coming into Friday’s game after a solid weekend where the line combined for 10 points in just three games.

Anthony Popovich continued his outstanding play in the Storm’s last game against the London Knights, earning first star honors for his 37-save shutout. Popovich has been an integral part of the Storm this season, maintaining the 5th best GAA and 3rd best Save Percentage among starting goaltenders.

There will be no shortage of NHL talent as a total of 11 players between the two rosters have been drafted into NHL, consisting of Guelph’s Liam Hawel (Dallas Stars), Nate Schnarr (Arizona Coyotes), Alexey Toropchenko (St. Louis Blues), Mark Shoemaker (San Jose Sharks), Isaac Ratcliffe (Philadelphia Flyers), Givani Smith (Detroit Red Wings) and Dmitri Samorukov (Edmonton Oilers) in addition to Kitchener’s Adam Mascherin (Florida Panthers), Connor Bunnaman (Philadelphia Flyers), Connor Hall (Pittsburgh Penguins), and Logan Stanley (Winnipeg Jets). Kitchener’s undrafted forward Kole Sherwood has also signed an entry-level contract with the Columbus Bluejackets.

Guelph’s Dimitri Samorukov was recently named to team Russia for the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series. He will face off against fellow Storm teammates Givani Smith and Nate Schnarr in the series, which will take place in Owen Sound on November 9 and in Sudbury November 13. Kitchener Rangers players Adam Mascherin and Logan Stanley were also named to Canada’s OHL team and will play alongside Smith and Schnarr.

Broadcast Coverage:

Friday night’s contest against the Kitchener Rangers can be heard live on the radio throughout the Guelph area on 1460 CJOY AM, online at www.jcoy.com or by downloading the CJOY app HERE. Additionally, the game will be televised live in Guelph on channel 22 / 510 (HD) for Rogers TV cable subscribers and throughout the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 439 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and 480 for Cogeco TV cable subscribers. Fans can also watch the game live online at www.ohllive.com or on the OHL Live app.


Upcoming Home Game:

The Guelph Storm will face-off against the North Bay Battalion November 10th at the Sleeman Centre. Puck-drop is set for 7:30 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets either in-person at the Sleeman Centre Box Office, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling (519) 837-9690 or online at ticketmaster.com here.

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