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Game Preview: Storm and Greyhounds meet for the final time

The Guelph Storm and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds will conclude their four-game season series in Guelph on Friday night for the annual Special Olympics Night presented by Denso. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

Friday night is the Storm’s annual Special Olympics night presented by Denso. In partnership with the Guelph Storm, the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run and the Guelph Police Service, the Storm will host the Special Olympics Night, a fundraiser for Special Olympics. For more information, click here!

Limited tickets are still available for tonight’s action. To purchase, visit the Storm Box Office in the Old Quebec St. Shoppes, call 519-837-9690, or online here! 

The tough stretch continues for the Guelph Storm (20-34-3-2, 5th Midwest) as they play host to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (41-15-2-1, 1st West). Friday night marks the third game in seven nights, where the Storm have faced a top-5 team in the CHL, with the Greyhounds currently ranked 5th.

Heading into Friday night, the Greyhounds will play their second game in as many nights, coming off a thrilling 4-3 overtime loss to the Windsor Spitfires. The Greyhounds scored three unanswered goals in the final period, but the comeback ultimately fell short in overtime.

The Storm will look to spoil the sweep attempt by the Greyhounds dropping their three previous matchups this season. These two teams have clashed for some great games this season including a shootout and a thrilling 12-goal game.

Puck drop is slated for 7:30 pm.

 

Season Series
Oct. 30: Guelph 2 vs. Sault Ste. Marie 5
Box score for Oct. 30

Dec. 31: Guelph 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie 3 SO
Box score for Dec. 31

Feb. 10: Guelph 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie 7
Box score for Feb. 10

Player Watch

  • Guelph Storm

Tuesday night was a strong outing for Storm veteran, Matt Hotchkiss, named the third star of the night. The Whitby, Ontario native scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday night’s loss to the Rangers and will look to continue his strong play on Friday. The six-foot-two, 198-pound forward has three points this season against the Greyhounds and a total of 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points in 57 games.

Keeping with the offence, another James McEwan has stepped up in a big way as of later, entering Friday night with a three-game point streak.  The Chatham, Ontario native recorded two goals, in the Storms 7-5 loss to the Greyhounds on February 10. In total, the five-foot-11, 196-pound forward has 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points in 49 games.

Switching to the blue line, Storm rookie Dmitri Samorukov continues to impress on both sides of the puck. Logging a lot of tough minutes as of late, the first-year import has also taken great strides offensively, showing confidence when handling the puck. The Volgograd, Russia native has four points over his last five home games. In total, Samorukov has four goals and 14 assists for 18 points in 58 games played.

 

  • Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

A major factor in the Greyhounds comeback last night, was sophomore winger Jack Kopacka. The Metamora, Michigan native potted two goals in the third-period rally, extending his point streak to four games, registering six points in that stretch. In total, the Anaheim Ducks prospect has 27 goals and 17 assists for a career-high 44 points in 57 games.

Greyhounds veteran, Blake Speers, will be making his final trip the Sleeman Centre on Friday night. Starting the season with the New Jersey Devils, the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has faced some adversity this season, suffering an injuring during his first game back. Speers then returned to action as a member of Team Canada for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. In 22 games, the six-foot, 184-pund forward has 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points.

Rounding out the Greyhounds trio is sophomore defenceman Connor Timmins who has exploded onto the scene as one of the league’s premier offensive defenders. The Thorold, Ontario native has already quadrupled his point total from last season. In total, the six-foot-one, 182-pound defenceman has six goals and 48 assists for 54 points in 59 games.

 

GAME NOTES

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Storm and the Greyhounds.
  • The Greyhounds currently lead the season series 3-0.
  • Ryan Merkley and James McEwan enter Friday night with three-game point streaks.

Upcoming Events…

  • 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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