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Game Preview: Storm host Firebirds, 7:30pm

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For the first game in the month of March, Guelph will welcome the Flint Firebirds into the Sleeman Centre on March 2nd. This is the last game between these two clubs this year with the Storm leading the season series 2-1 after winning the last match up 5-3. Isaac Ratcliffe put forth a first star performance scoring a hat-trick and picking up an assist to round out a 4-point night.

Tickets are still available for Friday and Sunday and can be purchased 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
FLNT 1-1-1-0 GUE 2-1-0-0
2016-17 Regular Season
FLNT 4-0-0-0 GUE 0-3-1-0
Last Five Years
FLNT 7-10-2-0 GUE 12-5-1-1
Last Five Years At Flint
FLNT 3-5-2-0 GUE 7-3-0-0
Last Five Years At Guelph
FLNT 4-5-0-0 GUE 5-2-1-1
Previous Meetings This Season
Flint 3 @ Guelph 5 (2018-01-26)
Guelph 3 @ Flint 2 (2017-11-04)
Guelph 1 @ Flint 7 (2017-10-11)
Top Scorers
Flint Guelph
(19-33-52)
(12-46-58)
(23-27-50)
(32-23-55)
(16-14-30)
(19-35-54)
(9-19-28)
(6-36-42)
(7-18-25)
(14-22-36)
Last 5 Games
Flint Guelph
0 – 9 L @ Sarnia (2018-02-25)
2 – 5 L v. Oshawa (2018-02-24)
3 – 5 L @ Barrie (2018-02-24)
2 – 6 L v. Sarnia (2018-02-23)
0 – 4 L v. Erie (2018-02-19)
0 – 7 L @ Windsor (2018-02-18)
4 – 5 L @ Erie (2018-02-18)
Match Up
Flint Guelph
Season Record 16-39-3-2 27-25-3-4
Last 10 Games 0-9-0-1 3-4-2-1
Streak 0-10-0-1 0-4-2-1
Last Game 9-0 L @ Sarnia (2018-02-25) Final 5-2 L vs Mississauga (2018-02-25) Final
Home Record 12-17-1-0 16-9-3-2
Away Record 4-22-2-2 11-16-0-2
Goals For 163 192
Goals Against 277 223
Power Plays 42/243 (17.3%) 48/216 (22.2%)
Power Plays – Home 20/118 (16.9%) 18/104 (17.3%)
Power Plays – Away 22/125 (17.6%) 30/112 (26.8%)
Penalty Killing 59/232 (74.6%) 41/205 (80%)
Penalty Killing – Home 27/116 (76.7%) 18/106 (83%)
Penalty Killing – Away 32/116 (72.4%) 23/99 (76.8%)
Leading Rookie McCourt (4-16-20) Hillis (19-35-54)
Most Penalty Minutes Fedor Gordeev Ryan Merkley
Team PIM/GM 10/60 9.2/59

Players to Watch

This game will feature 8 players with NHL affiliation. Defencemen Jalen Smereck (Arizona Coyotes) was signed as a free agent, while teammate Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs) was a 5th round draft pick in 2017. The other 6 players are on Guelph and were all drafted. Forwards Liam Hawel (Dallas Stars, 4th round), Nate Schnarr (Arizona Coyotes, 3rd round), Alexey Toropchenko (St. Louis Blues, 4th round) and Isaac Ratcliffe (Philadelphia Flyers, 2nd round) were all drafted in 2017. Defenceman Dmitri Samorukov (Edmonton Oilers, 3rd round) was also a 2017draftee, while Mark Shoemaker (San Jose Sharks, 6th round) is the sole player drafted in 2016 on Guelph.

Leading scorer Maurizio Colella is trying to right the ship in Flint. He was recently on a 7-game point streak, which ended on Feb. 17. He has 19 goals, 33 assists and 52 points in 59 games this year. Rookie star Cam Hillis has had strong performances against Flint, including a 3-assist game last time the 2 teams played. On the season, he has 19 goals and 35 assists for 54 points, now tied for 8th in Guelph’s all-time rookie scoring.

Upcoming Game

In another 3-game weekend, Guelph travels to Owen Sound to play the division rival Attack. It will be the final game between these teams this season. The previous match went to overtime at the Sleeman Centre, where Owen Sound came away with the win. On Sunday, the Storm return home to the Sleeman Centre to play host to the Kitchener Rangers. Game time is set for 2pm. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling 519-837-9690, in person at the Guelph Storm Box Office or online at ticketmaster.ca

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