By Tony Saxon, Guelph Today
The Guelph Storm continues to be a different team at home this season compared to on the road.
The Storm gave the country’s top-ranked Sarnia Sting all they could handle Sunday at the Sleeman Centre before falling 4-3 in overtime.
At home this season Guelph has a 7-2-1-1 record. On the road they are 3-7-0-1.
“Playing at home, the guy’s get amped up, especially the young kids, hearing your home fans cheering,” said the Storm’s Liam Hawel, who had two assists in Sunday’s loss.
“Going into those other buildings, like Kitchener and London, it’s kind of intimidating at first for young guys I think they get a little star gazing at first,” Hawel said. “It comes with time.”
Guelph has outscored their opponents 42-30 at home. On the road they have been outscored 53-31.
Storm coach George Burnett said there are several reasons for the discrepancy in home and away results.
“Inexperience. Leadership. Lack of winning experience in our room. Lots of different things,” Burnett said.
“We’re a young, inexperienced team from the standpoint that we don’t have a lot of guys in our room that have had success and it clearly shows.”
Burnett said the team has also been able to have good starts at the Sleeman Centre and get early leads, something it hasn’t been able to do on the road.