Game Preview: Storm return home to host the Colts
After falling 6-2 to the Sarnia Sting on Wednesday night, the Guelph Storm will look for a rebound effort, when they host the Barrie colts on Friday night, sponsored by The Home Depot.
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It’s been a long time on the road for the Guelph Storm (18-30-3-2, 5th Midwest), with their last home game coming two weeks ago when the Storm hosted the Flint Firebirds on February 3. The road trip wasn’t a favourable one for the Storm dropping three of their four games, and they’ll be eager to get back into the win column.
The Barrie Colts (14-32-6-1, 5th Central) have had struggles of their own, going 1-7-2-0 over their last 10-games, with their last win coming on January 19 in overtime against the Saginaw Spirit.
This is the second and final match-up in the two-game season series. The Storm took the first game of the season in an overtime thriller in Barrie on October 22. Over the past five seasons, the Storm are 5-3 when facing the Colts.
Puck drop is set for 7:30 pm.
Oct. 22: Guelph 5 @ Barrie 4 OT
Boxscore from Oct. 22.
- Guelph Storm
Leading the Storm in scoring is London, Ontario native Isaac Ratcliffe. The sophomore winger snapped his four-game pointless streak, picking up an assist on his birthday last Wednesday night against the Sting. Ratcliffe has had much success at home as of late recording five points in his last five home games. In total, the six-foot-six, 195-pound forward has 23 goals and 20 assists for 43 points in 52 games played.
Wednesday night, saw Storm veteran Givani Smith snapped a seven-game goalless skid, and he will look to find the score sheet for his second straight game on Friday night when he faces his former team. The Detroit Red Wings prospect sits second on the team in goals scored and is third in points with 21 goals and 14 assists for 35 points in 50 games, including an assist against the Colts on October 22. The Toronto, Ontario native is also approaching a milestone, just four points back from hitting 100 career OHL points.
Also finding the back of the net on Wednesday night was first-year import Dmitri Samorukov. The native of Volgograd, Russia continues to make giant strides in his first year in the OHL and has seen another increase of responsibilities with the recent slew of injuries on the blue line. In total, the six-foot-two, 180-pound defenceman has four goals and 11 assists for 15 points in 52 games, including an assist against the Colts.
- Barrie Colts
Leading the Colts in scoring is a sophomore winger, Lucas Chiodo from Churchill, Ontario. In the midst of a breakout season the five-foot-six, 155-pound forward has 17 goals and 26 assists for 43 points in 53 games, an impressive jump from his 10 points (1G, 9A) last season. A remarkable story being selected in the 15th round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, Chiodo will look to continue his strong season.
Right behind Chiodo, is Colts veteran Anthony Stefano, another key piece in the Colts comeback on October 22, with an assist and the game-tying goal. The overage winger is second on the Colts in all offensive categories and has the best plus/minus rating on the team. With his best year in terms of production, the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points in 47 games played.
The first star of the game on October 22, was first-year import Tom Hedberg. The defenceman from Domsjo, Sweden was a key piece in the Colts comeback to force the game into overtime, assisting in Barrie’s third and fourth goals of the game. Currently fifth in team scoring, Hedberg has four goals and 17 assist for 21 points in 43 games played.
- Friday night is the second and final meeting between the two teams, with the Storm leading the season series 1-0.
- Giordano Finoro is Guelph, Ontario native and a graduate of Guelph Minor Hockey.