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Game Preview: Storm at Spitfires, February 8th 7pm

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On Friday, February 8th , the Storm travel to Windsor to play against the Spitfires starting at 7:05 p.m. for their fourth match-up this season. The Spitfires lead the season series 2-1 with the Storm winning the most recent game in Guelph 3-1. Storm forward Nate Schnarr had a goal and an assist in the win. Tonight’s game is the final match up between these two clubs this season.

Windsor Spitfires

The Spitfires find themselves at .500 on the season, with 23-23-2-2. The last 10 games have helped put them in this situation, as they went 1-8-0-1 in that stretch. Windsor is now 4th in the West division with 50 points, 6 points behind Saginaw.

Jake Smith is doing his best to help Windsor get on track. In the last 6 games, he has scored 5 goals and 1 assist. He has a total of 39 points in 49 games so far.

Guelph Storm

Of their last 10 games, the Storm have won six. With a record of 25-21-1-3 and 54 points this season, Guelph is 3rd in the Midwest division. With their strong play recently, they are currently fighting for 4th – sitting two points behind London – and home ice advantage heading into the playoffs.

Cam Hillis is having a historic season for the Storm. With his two points against Mississauga on the 1st of February, Hillis moved into sole possession of 10th in Guelph’s all-time rookie scoring. With 19 goals and 48 points this season, the 17 year old will look to continue moving up the franchise list.

Players to watch:

There have been 7 players between these two teams who have been drafted to the NHL. Guelph has had 6 players get drafted, including 2017 draft picks Liam Hawel (Dallas Stars), Nate Schnarr (Arizona Coyotes), Alexey Toropchenko (St. Louis Blues), Isaac Ratcliffe (Philadelphia Flyers), Dimitri Samorukov (Edmonton Oilers) and 2016 pick Matt Shoemaker (San Jose Sharks). The only player to get drafted on Windsor is star goalie Michael DiPietro (Vancouver Canucks).

Center Liam Hawel is starting to heat up. In his last four games, he has scored two goals and picked up two assists.  Goaltender Michael DiPietro has been one of the league’s top goalies this season. He leads the league with 4 shutouts and is 4th in save percentage with a .911 percentage.

Upcoming games

The Storm are right back at it again tomorrow night when they host the Saginaw Spirit at the Sleeman Centre for the Global Pet Foods Game on Friday, February 9th.

For more information about Global Pet Foods Night at the Storm tomorrow night, click here

Fans can purchase tickets either in-person at the Sleeman Centre Box Office, by calling (519) 837-9690 or online at ticketmaster.com here.

Head To Head
2017-18 Regular Season
GUE 1-2-0-0 WSR 2-1-0-0
2016-17 Regular Season
GUE 1-3-0-0 WSR 3-1-0-0
Last Five Years
GUE 8-11-0-0 WSR 11-7-1-0
Last Five Years At Guelph
GUE 4-6-0-0 WSR 6-3-1-0
Last Five Years At Windsor
GUE 4-5-0-0 WSR 5-4-0-0
Previous Meetings This Season
Top Scorers
Guelph Windsor
(12-46-58)
(18-22-40)
(19-29-48)
(14-25-39)
(28-18-46)
(16-20-36)
(6-31-37)
(11-18-29)
(8-22-30)
(9-13-22)
Last 5 Games
Guelph Windsor
3 – 6 L @ Oshawa (2018-02-04)
2 – 6 L @ Barrie (2018-02-03)
3 – 5 L v. Sarnia (2018-02-01)
3 – 2 W @ London (2018-01-28)
2 – 4 L @ Flint (2018-01-28)
5 – 6 L @ Saginaw (2018-01-27)
Match Up
Guelph Windsor
Season Record 25-21-1-3 23-23-2-2
Last 10 Games 6-4-0-0 1-8-0-1
Streak 1-0-0-0 0-6-0-0
Last Game 3-2 W @ North Bay (2018-02-04) Final 6-3 L @ Oshawa (2018-02-04) Final
Home Record 15-7-1-1 10-9-2-2
Away Record 10-14-0-2 13-14-0-0
Goals For 166 156
Goals Against 187 169
Power Plays 42/190 (22.1%) 31/148 (20.9%)
Power Plays – Home 16/86 (18.6%) 16/69 (23.2%)
Power Plays – Away 26/104 (25%) 15/79 (19%)
Penalty Killing 37/177 (79.1%) 36/183 (80.3%)
Penalty Killing – Home 16/90 (82.2%) 9/68 (86.8%)
Penalty Killing – Away 21/87 (75.9%) 27/115 (76.5%)
Leading Rookie Hillis (19-29-48) MacDougall (9-13-22)
Most Penalty Minutes Ryan Merkley Nathan Staios
Team PIM/GM 9.4/50 8.5/50
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