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Game Preview: Storm wrap up road trip with stop in Sarnia

After dropping two of their first three games on the road trip, the Guelph Storm will look to close the road trip the same way they started it, with a win.

It’s a rare midweek contest for the Guelph Storm (18-29-3-2, 5th Midwest) as they make their final trip to the Progressive Auto Sales Arena with their match-up against the Sarnia Sting (25-22-5-1, 4th West)

The Storm are coming off two tough losses after falling to the Greyhounds 7-5 and the Firebirds 4-2 last week. With the final stretch of the season upon us, the Storm have 16 games remaining with 10 at home, the team will be looking to get back to basics in order to find their way back into the win column.

The Sting also find themselves coming off two straight losses after falling to the Generals 5-3 and the Rangers 8-4 last week. Last week saw the Sting slide down the Western Conference standings being passed by the Firebirds. They will be hungry to come out of Wednesday with the win to move back into 7th in the Western Conference.

Squaring off in two previous match-ups so far, the Sting took the first contest 5-4 in Sarnia on December 7, while most recently earning a 4-3 overtime win in Guelph on December 28.

Fans can watch tonight’s game live on Rogers TV (Channel 20) or listen to the game on 1460 CJOY.

The puck is slated to drop at 7:05 pm.

Season Series

Dec. 7: Guelph 4 @ Sarnia 5
Box score from Dec. 7.

Dec 28: Guelph 4 vs Sarnia 3 OT
Box score from Dec. 28.

Player Watch

  • Guelph Storm

One of the hottest forwards in the Storm lineup is first-year import, Albert Michnac. A native of Czech Republic is currently riding a four-game point streak where he has recorded seven points during that span. In total, the five-foot-11, 175-pound forward sits fifth in team scoring with 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points in 49 games. Including a goal in the Storm’s 4-3 overtime win over Sarnia.

Last Sunday, Storm rookie Ryan Merkley snapped a five-game pointless streak in a big way scoring the Storm’s first goal and setting up Nate Schnarr’s power play maker. Continuing his outstanding his rookie campaign, the Mississauga, Ontario native currently sits second in team scoring with eight goals and 30 assists for 38 points in 46 games played. The rookie defenceman has also enjoyed great success versus the Sting with five points in two games.

December 28 was a memorable night for Storm veteran, Matt Hotchkiss, recording his first three-point night in his OHL Career. The Whitby, Ontario native has two points during the current road trip and will look to add to that total Wednesday night. In total, the six-foot-two, 198-pound forward has 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points in 50 games played.

 

  • Sarnia Sting

The Sting’s offence features the dynamic threat, Jordan Kyrou, who currently leads the team in scoring. Currently riding a 17 game point streak, the Toronto, Ontario native is currently fourth in OHL points (71) and assists (48). In total, the six-foot, 177-pound winger has 23 goals and 48 assists for 71 point in 51 games, including one assist against the Storm.

Second in team scoring is third-year OHL forward Drake Rymshaw. Acquired from the 67’s earlier in the year, the Huntington Woods, Michigan native has played some of his best hockey in a Sting jersey, with seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in 13 games. In total, the six-foot, 182-pound centre has 22 goals and 22 assists for 44 points in 50 games, including one goal against the Storm while still playing with Ottawa.

The Sting’s forward group includes one of the leagues top scoring rookies in first-year import, Adam Ruzicka. It’s been a busy season for the Slovakia native playing for Slovakia at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, and Team Cherry at the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL Top Prospects game. The rookie centre is fourth in OHL rookie scoring with 18 goals and 16 assist for 34 points in 47 games, just four points back of Merkley.

GAME NOTES

  • This will be the third of four match-ups between the two teams with the season series split at one win each.
  • Albert Michnac enters Wednesday night with a four-game point streak.
  • Next game action for the Storm comes on February 17, hosting the Barrie Colts. For tickets visit the Storm Box Office at Old Quebec St. Shoppes, by phone at 519-837-9690 or by clicking here!

Upcoming Events…

  • This weekend the Storm play at home on Friday, February 17, against the Barrie Colts and on Monday, February 20, versus the Flint Firebirds, giving Storm fans the chance to take advantage of the Weekend Pass ticket deal! For more information on the Weekend Pass deal, click here!
  • Tuesday, February 21: Served by the Storm is back! Just us as the Storm players trade in their sticks for plates as they act as servers throughout the night to meet and greet fans at Bobby O’Brien’s and Opus in downtown Guelph, in support of the Adopt-A-School program. For more information and to purchase your ticket, click here!

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