Game Preview: Storm vs. Bulldogs October 20th, 7:30pm
Guelph Storm (3-5-0-1) vs. Hamilton Bulldogs (5-1-1-2)
|Date | Time||Friday, Oct. 20 | 7:30 p.m.|
|Location||Guelph, ON. | The Sleeman Centre (Directions)|
|Tickets||Ticketmaster.com | (519) 837-9690|
|TV||– 510 HD Live (Guelph)
– OHL Action Pak: Cogeco TV 480 Live (Ontario)
|Video Stream||OHL Live|
|Radio||1460 CJOY (Guelph) | Pregame Show: 6:30p|
|Next Home Game||Friday, Oct. 27 vs. Erie (Tickets)|
|Social Media||@Storm_City | Facebook | Instagram|
After posting an 0-2 record against the Hamilton Bulldogs last season, The Guelph Storm will look to rebound at the Sleeman Centre this Friday, October 20th. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m and will be the first of only two regular season meetings between the clubs this season.
Over the last three games, the Bulldogs and Storm have seen drastically different outcomes. Hamilton is coming into Friday’s game winning their last three starts with Guelph losing their last three while struggling to find the back of the net with only 3 goals over that span. Hamilton will attempt to keep their streak alive with Guelph looking to rebound with a strong offensive output.
|Guelph Storm||Hamilton Bulldogs|
|PP||8/45 (17.8%)||4/39 (10.3%)|
|PK||32/39 (87.2%)||32/36 (88.9%)|
Players to Watch:
There will be no shortage of NHL prospects at the Sleeman Centre this Friday. A total of 12 players between the two rosters 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 Hamilton’s Will Bitten (Montreal Canadians), Matthew Strome (Philadelphia Flyers), Marian Studenic (New Jersey Devils), Mackenzie Entwistle (Arizona Coyotes) and Reilly Webb (Detroit Red Wings). Hamilton’s undrafted, third-year goaltender Kaden Fulcher also recently signed an entry-level contract as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings.
The game will also feature several draft eligible prospects, four of which have been listed on NHL Central Scouting’s 2017-18 Players to Watch List. Guelph Storm star defencemen, Ryan Merkley, is one of only 24 players to receive an “A” rating which indicates a 1st Round Candidate for the upcoming NHL draft. Other eligible prospects to appear on the Players to Watch List include Guelph’s Owen Lalonde and Cameron Hillis as well as Hamilton’s Connor Roberts.
Alexey Toropchenko comes into Friday’s game riding a 5-game pointless streak. After starting the season off strong, registering 8 points through 4 games, Toropchenko has failed to find a way onto the scoresheet since. The skilled St. Louis Blues draft pick will be looking to break out of this slump and get back onto the scoresheet as soon as possible.
Hamilton’s Arthur Kaliyev and Guelph’s Isaac Ratcliffe find themselves in similar positions through 9 games this season. Hamilton’s rookie forward has registered 1 goal and 2 assist thus far while Ratcliffe, a Philadelphia Flyers 2nd round pick, has registered 2 goals and 3 assists. The two share a similarity when looking at their shooting percentages. Kaliyev has registered 32 shots on net, giving him a shooting percentage of 3% and Ratcliffe’s 37 shots offer him a shooting percentage of 6%. Ratcliffe is coming off a 28-goal season which gave him a shooting percentage of around 16%, look for him to start finding the back of the net and raising his shooting percentage closer to last season’s numbers. As for Kaliyev, his 3% shooting percentage is unlikely to continue, look for him to show up on the scoresheet more and lean closer toward the league average for forwards of around 11%.
Brandon Saigeon is currently riding a 5-game point scoring streak. The Grimsby, Ontario native has 6 goals and 4 assists over this span.
Friday night is Wawanesa Night when the Storm host the Hamilton Bulldogs. The first 2,500 fans will receive a free cinchbag at entry and great prizes can be won at the Wawanesa kiosk that will be set up on the concourse.
Upcoming Home Game:
The Guelph Storm will host the Erie Otters next Friday, Oct. 27th at 7:30 p.m. Friday will be our second annual Winter Wear Drive, join us in support of Hope House. Volunteers will be at the game to collect your much needed gently used or new hats, coats, boots, mitts, and scarves, in support of Hope House, which is a non-profit organization helping to overcome poverty in the Guelph area by providing tangible, compassionate assistance and care to those in need in the community.
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.