Game Preview: Storm conclude season series with Knights
On Sunday afternoon, the Guelph Storm and the London Knights will square off for the final match-up of the season at the Sleeman Centre.
It’s a Midwest Division clash between the Guelph Storm (20-37-4-2, 5th Midwest) and the London Knights (42-14-3-4, 3rd Midwest) for the final time this season.
As the Knights roll into the Sleeman Centre on Sunday afternoon, they will be looking to get back to their winning ways, with their last contest coming against the Erie Otters on Friday night – a 4-1 loss at home. Currently ranked fourth in the CHL the Knights sit among the league’s best in goals scored and goals against. London will also look to take back third in the league, currently sitting one-point behind the Owen Sound Attack.
The Storm, on the other hand, have had their troubles as of late dropping six straight matches, and things won’t be getting easier any time soon as they face a Knight’s team that has their number this season, taking all five games thus far in the season series.
Puck drop is scheduled for 2:00 pm on Sunday afternoon.
- Guelph Storm
Despite the tough stretch for the Storm, Chatham, Ontario native James McEwan continues to trend upwards extending his point streak to three games on Friday night. The storm veteran has recorded nine points over his last 10 games. In total, the five-foot-11, 196-pound forward has 17 goals and 19 assists for 36 points in 53 games.
Isaac Ratcliffe enters Sunday following a strong performance in his last outing. The London, Ontario native scored a goal on five shots en route to earning the second star of the game. The six-foot-six-, 195-pound forward now has 24 goals and 22 assists for 46 points in 62 games played.
Rounding out the Storm trio is sophomore forward Nick Deakin-Poot. The Georgetown, Ontario native potted his seventh goal of the season on Thursday night, tripling his point total from last year. The hulking power forward continues to take strides showing more confidence with the puck, while driving the play down the ice. In total, the six-foot-four, 208-pound forward has seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in 47 games.
- London Knights
Leading the charge for the Knights offence is Buffalo Sabres prospect Cliff Pu. Currently, in the midst of a career year, the Richmond Hill, Ontario native is eighth in league scoring with 35 goals and 46 assists for 81 points in 58 games played. Pu has had some big games against the Storm, recording nine points over five games.
Knights Forward continues to terrorize the Storm adding four more points to his total in the season series, last Thursday night. The former 15th round pick by London has 33 goals and 16 assists for 49 points in 60 games. The Bloomfield Hills, Michigan native has now scored 30 more goals this season than last. His impressive total includes six game-winners.
JJ Piccinich had three points in Friday night’s contest as he follows up his great rookie season in the OHL. The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect is just one-point back from matching his totals set last season. A native of Paramus, New Jersey, Piccinich currently sits second in team scoring with 24 goals and 41 assists for 65 points in 61 games.
- Sunday afternoon marks the sixth and final contest between the Midwest Divisional foes.
- London leads the season series 5-0.
- James McEwan enters Sunday with a three game point streak.
- 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!
The 2016-17 Season is proudly presented by RBC