Game Preview: Storm vs. Attack December 8th
Guelph, ON. – The Owen Sound Attack will be visiting the Sleeman Centre this Friday, December 8th for another Midwest Division matchup against the hometown Storm. Friday’s game will be the third meeting between the two clubs this season.
Fans can purchase tickets either in-person at the Sleeman Centre Box Office, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling (519) 837-9690 or online at ticketmaster.com here.
Owen Sound Attack
The Owen Sound attack find themselves sitting just 3 points behind the hometown Storm in the Midwest Division. The two teams were tied going into their meeting on Saturday in Owen Sound, a tight game in which the Guelph Storm ultimately won in a shootout.
The Attack have had difficulties keeping the puck out of their net during their five-game losing streak. They have allowed 25 goals in the span. A positive note for the team is that their offense has not been an issue this season. Lead by forward Ryan Suzuki and Defenseman Sean Durzi, they currently have the third highest goal total in the Ontario Hockey League. The Attack’s 117 goals for on the season is 26 more than the Storm.
The Storm had a strong performance on the weekend, managing to win both of their games against the Erie Otters and Owen Sound Attack. Both were hard fought games that required extra time to determine a winner, with Guelph beating the Otters in overtime and the Attack in a shootout. Guelph went on to beat the East Division leaders, Hamilton Bulldogs by a score of 6-3 on Wednesday night.
Special teams have been an important contributor to the Storm’s success thus far this season. The team currently has the second fewest penalty minutes against and the fifth fewest amount of power play goals against. The Storm’s penalty killing is sure to be tested on Friday as the Attack are coming in as the third most efficient power play in the OHL.
Friday’s game will likely be another close game to determine if the Storm will expand upon their Midwest Division lead, or have the Attack close in on them in the standings.
Players to Watch:
A total of 13 players expected to participate in Friday’s game have been drafted into NHL, consisting of Guelph’s Liam Hawel (Dallas Stars), Nate Schnarr (Arizona Coyotes), Alexey Toropchenko (St. Louis Blues), Mark Shoemaker (San Jose Sharks), Isaac Ratcliffe (Philadelphia Flyers), Givani Smith (Detroit Red Wings) and Dmitri Samorukov (Edmonton Oilers) in addition to Owen Sound’s Maksim Sushko (Philadelphia Flyers), Jonah Gadjovich (Vancouver Canucks), Nick Suzuki (Vegas Golden Knights), Jacob Friend (Los Angeles Kings), Markus Phillips (Los Angeles Kings) and Trenton Bourque (St Louis Blues).
Owen Sound forward, Nick Suzuki, is coming into Friday’s game as the Ontario Hockey League’s fifth leading scorer. Suzuki has registered 42 points in just 24 games this season which is on pace to eclipse his career-high of 96 points that he tallied last season.
The game will also feature another match-up between the league’s most efficient offensive defencemen. Sean Durzi and Ryan Merkley currently sit first and second respectively for defencemen scoring in the OHL. Both defenceman are currently riding scoring streaks coming into Friday’s game. Durzi has points in his last 4 games (2G-5A) with Merkley riding a 7-game streak (1G-8A).
Reid’s Heritage Homes will be on hand promoting their Caring for Little Kidneys campaign and spreading the word about how you can help save a life.
Money raised through t-shirt sales and the chuck a puck fundraiser will go towards purchasing a new state of the art dialysis machine for the new clinic at MacKids that was built last year.
Fans can also help by retweeting any #mackids posts they see on twitter. $1 will be donated to the cause for every post that is shared. Watch for the Storm players to take part in the campaign throughout the day on Friday. Please share, it’s easy to do and is for a great cause.
Friday night’s contest against the Erie Otters can be heard live on the radio throughout the Guelph area on 1460 CJOY AM, online at www.jcoy.com or by downloading the CJOY app HERE. Additionally, the game will be televised live in Guelph on channel 22 / 510 (HD) for Rogers TV cable subscribers and throughout the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 439 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and 480 for Cogeco TV cable subscribers. Fans can also watch the game live online at www.ohllive.com or on the OHL Live app.
Upcoming Home Game:
The Guelph Storm will face-off against the Kitchener Rangers on Sunday, December 10th at the Sleeman Centre for the annual Teddy Bear Toss game. Puck-drop is set for 2:00 p.m.
Fans can purchase tickets either in-person at the Sleeman Centre Box Office, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling (519) 837-9690
or online at ticketmaster.com here.