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Game Preview: Storm vs. Spitfires January 19th

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Guelph, ON. – On Friday, January 19, the Guelph Storm host the Windsor Spitfires in the Sleeman Centre starting at 7:30 p.m. for their third matchup this season. The two teams have not played since October 6th of 2017.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
2017-18 Regular Season
WSR 2-0-0-0 GUE 0-2-0-0
2016-17 Regular Season
WSR 3-1-0-0 GUE 1-3-0-0
Last Five Years
WSR 11-6-1-0 GUE 7-11-0-0
Last Five Years At Windsor
WSR 5-4-0-0 GUE 4-5-0-0
Last Five Years At Guelph
WSR 6-2-1-0 GUE 3-6-0-0
Previous Meetings This Season
Windsor 2 @ Guelph 1 (2017-10-06)
Guelph 0 @ Windsor 4 (2017-09-24)
TOP SCORERS
Windsor Guelph
(14-21-35)
(11-39-50)
(9-23-32)
(17-22-39)
(12-16-28)
(21-15-36)
(10-16-26)
(6-26-32)
(9-13-22)
(5-20-25)
LAST 5 GAMES
Windsor Guelph
2 – 5 L v. London (2018-01-18)
5 – 4 W @ Ottawa (2018-01-14)
2 – 3 L v. Saginaw (2018-01-14)
4 – 2 W @ Kingston (2018-01-12)
1 – 6 L @ Sarnia (2018-01-12)
3 – 5 L v. Sarnia (2018-01-11)
4 – 3 W @ Ottawa (2018-01-07)
MATCH UP
Windsor Guelph
Season Record 22-16-2-2 21-17-1-3
Last 10 Games 4-5-0-1 4-5-0-1
Streak 0-3-0-1 2-0-0-0
Last Game 5-2 L vs London (2018-01-18) Final 5-4 W @ Ottawa (2018-01-14) Final
Home Record 9-8-2-2 13-6-1-1
Away Record 13-8-0-0 8-11-0-2
Goals For 135 140
Goals Against 133 161
Power Plays 29/125 (23.2%) 35/162 (21.6%)
Power Plays – Home 16/66 (24.2%) 13/76 (17.1%)
Power Plays – Away 13/59 (22%) 22/86 (25.6%)
Penalty Killing 27/154 (82.5%) 32/141 (77.3%)
Penalty Killing – Home 9/66 (86.4%) 14/79 (82.3%)
Penalty Killing – Away 18/88 (79.5%) 18/62 (71%)
Leading Rookie MacDougall (9-13-22) Hillis (17-22-39)
Most Penalty Minutes Nathan Staios Zach Poirier
Team PIM/GM 8.3/42 8.7/42

Windsor Spitfires

Though they have played close to .500 over the past 10 games, the Windsor Spitfires find themselves on a four-game losing streak. They are currently in 3rd in the West division, sitting 14 points behind Sarnia for 2nd in the division.

Forward Cole Purboo has lead the offense in Windsor this season after they traded captain Aaron Luchuk. Purboo has 35 points on the season, with 14 goals and 21 assists.

Guelph Storm

The Storm are coming off a strong weekend, after beating Kingston and Ottawa. They have played extremely well at home all season, going 13-6-1-1 in the Sleeman Centre. Guelph is in 3rd in the Midwest division with 46 points, only 5 points behind London for 2nd.

Ryan Merkley has been strong all season long, especially the last three games, with 5 points during his three-game point streak. He has 50 points in 42 games, leading the team and the second most points in league defensemen, only behind Evan Bouchard of the London Knights by 4.

Players to watch:

There have been 7 players between these two teams who have been drafted to the NHL. Guelph has had 6 players get drafted, including 2017 draft picks Liam Hawel (Dallas Stars), Nate Schnarr (Arizona Coyotes), Alexey Toropchenko (St. Louis Blues), Isaac Ratcliffe (Philadelphia Flyers), Dimitri Samorukov (Edmonton Oilers) and 2016 pick Matt Shoemaker (San Jose Sharks). The only player to get drafted on Windsor is star goalie Michael DiPietro (Vancouver Canucks).

Guelph has several players who will be draft eligible starting this year. Ryan Merkley leads the way as potential 1st round draft pick. Cam Hillis, who is leading OHL Rookies in scoring, is also draft eligible, along with Owen Lalonde. Windsor defenseman Connor Corcoran has also been listed as a Player to Watch by NHL Central Scouting.

Curtis Douglas, who is looking to get drafted to the NHL this year, has had a strong start since being traded to Windsor, with 10 points in 12 games. Merkley is not the only player who is playing well lately, as captain Garrett McFadden is looking to continue his strong play after assisting 5 goals in the last 2 games. McFadden has 32 points on the season.

Promotions:

Tonight’s game is sponsored by The Home Depot. The first 2,000 fans will receive a free Home Depot cowbell.

Broadcast Coverage:

Friday night’s contest against the Windsor Spitfires 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 games:

Guelph will travel to Kitchener on Sunday to face off against their Highway 7 rivals for a 2pm puck drop. It will be the first time these two clubs have played each other since Kitchener acquired Givani Smith at the trade deadline.

Fans can purchase tickets for tonights game 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.

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