Game Preview: Storm open final weekend with contest versus the Sting
The Guelph Storm begin final weekend of the 2016-17 regular season playing host to the Sarnia Sting on Fan Appreciation Night sponsored by UPI Energy.
It’s the final weekend of the 2016-17 OHL regular season and it’s a busy one for the Guelph Storm (20-38-5-2, 5th Midwest) as they have their final three-in-three weekend.
The Sarnia Sting (31-29-6-1, 4th West) will make their final trip to the Sleeman Centre just two days after clinching the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Sting will look to build off their important 4-2 victory over the Windsor Spitfires as they look towards the playoffs.
Following a heartbreaking overtime loss last Tuesday against the Kitchener Rangers, the Storm will look to snap their eight-game slide, and put on an entertaining affair for the faithful Storm crowd on Fan Appreciation Night.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
Dec. 7: Guelph 4 @ Sarnia 5
Boxscore for Dec. 7
Dec. 28: Guelph 4 vs. Sarnia 3 OT
Boxscore for Dec. 28
Feb. 15: Guelph 2 @ Sarnia 6
Boxscore for Feb. 15
- Guelph Storm
Red-hot, that’s the best way to describe the current play of the Storm’s leading scorer Isaac Ratcliffe. The London, Ontario native has stepped up as of late, hoping to finish the same way he started the season. A major piece to Guelph’s storybook comeback last Tuesday, Ratcliffe scored twice and added another assist, extending his current point streak to three games. In total, the six-foot-six, 195-pound forward has 26 goals and 25 assists for 51 points in 64 games.
Tuesday night was a milestone night for Storm captain, Garrett McFadden. The Kincardine, Ontario native assisted on the game-tying and go-ahead goal finishing the night with two points. With his multi-point night, McFadden reached 100 career OHL points, becoming the second member of the team to do so this season. The five-foot-11, 181-pound defenceman has 11 goals and 23 assists for 34 points in 55 games, just six points back of his total from last year in 13 fewer games.
Switching back to the Storm’s forward group is Waterloo, Ontario native Nate Schnarr, who enters Friday night with a three-game point streak. Racking up seven points over his last 10 games, the rookie centre has regained his form and is poised for a strong finish. In total, the six-foot-three, 180-pound forward has 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points in 51 games played.
- Sarnia Sting
The Sarnia Sting’s offence is led by St. Louis Blues prospect, Jordan Kyrou, with 31 more points than second in team scoring. The dynamic playmaking winger holds one of the longest point streaks in the league at 30 games. The incredible run was ended on Wednesday night, but the Toronto, Ontario native will look to start his next streak right before the Sting enter the playoffs. In total, the six-foot, 177-pound forward has 30 goals and 63 assists for 93 points in 65 games played.
Second in team scoring is mid-season acquisition Drake Rymsha. The Huntington Woods, Michigan native had his 10-game point streak snapped Wednesday night, and will look to start anew Friday night. The third-year forward broke out in a big way this season after missing a majority of last season due to injury. In total, the six-foot, 182-pound centre has 35 goals and 27 assists for 62 points in 64 games.
Rounding out the Sting trio is rookie import-forward, Adam Ruzicka. The Bratislava, Slovakia native has seen his draft stock rise over the course of the season as one of the premier rookie scorers in the league. Currently third in OHL rookie scoring, Ruzicka has been excellent in his two games against the storm with six points (4G, 2A). In total, the six-foot-four, 202-pound forward has 25 goals and 21 assists for 46 points in 61 games played.
- Friday is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams.
- The Sting lead the season series 2-1.
- Nate Schnarr and Isaac Ratcliffe enter with a three-game point streak.
- The Storm follow up Friday night with a road game against the Erie Otters on Saturday night, before returning home for their final game of the season, hosting the Owen Sound Attack on Sunday evening.
The 2016-17 Season is proudly presented by RBC