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Storm Preview: Battalion vs. Storm November 10th

 Guelph Storm (8-7-0-2) vs. North Bay Battalion (6-10-2-0)
Date | Time Friday, Nov. 10th | 7:30 p.m.
Location Guelph, ON. | The Sleeman Centre (Directions)
Tickets Ticketmaster.com | (519) 837-9690
Promotions Veterans Week Ceremony and special commemorative jerseys honouring the sacrifices made by the Canadian soldiers at Vimy Ridge. As well as all the Canadian men and women who have and continue to serve our country.
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 Sunday, Nov. 12th  vs. Sudbury Wolves (Tickets)
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Guelph, ON. – The North Bay Battalion will be in town this Friday, November 10th to face off against the Guelph Storm in the first meeting between the clubs this season. The Storm won both of their meetings last season with a score of 5-2 and 3-1.

North Bay Battalion

The North Bay Battalion have had their bright spots this season, however, find themselves with a losing record and only a 0.389 winning percentage on the season. With a record of 6-10-2-0, they currently sit tied for last in OHL. Much of their struggles this season have come on the road, where they have posted a 2-7-0-0 record. The team can’t seem to find a way to score on the road, averaging just over 2.3 goals for per game. This number is a problem for a team who has averaged over 3.8 goals against on the season.

The Battalion dominated the Flint Firebirds on Friday, a team with whom they are currently tied with in the overall standings, 5-1. They went on to lose to the Saginaw Spirit and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on the same weekend.

Guelph Storm

The Storm are coming off a weekend road trip where the team went 1-1, losing to the Kitchener Rangers on Friday, and beating the Flint Firebirds on Saturday.

A bright spot for the Storm this season has been their strong special teams, which will be a major factor in their game against the Battalion this Friday. The Storm have capitalized on over 21% of their powerplay chances and have proven an ability to stay out of the box. They currently have the least amount of penalty minutes in the OHL, which is an important factor in Guelph’s ability to maintain offensive pressure throughout the entirety of their games.

Their strong home record of 5-2-0-1, provides the Storm with 11 of their total of 18 points. With two games at home this weekend, expect a strong effort from Storm against the Battalion on Friday and Sudbury Wolves on Sunday.

Team Comparison:

Head To Head
2017-18 Regular Season
NB 0-0-0-0 GUE 0-0-0-0
2016-17 Regular Season
NB 0-2-0-0 GUE 2-0-0-0
Last Five Years
NB 2-4-2-0 GUE 6-1-1-0
Last Five Years At North Bay
NB 1-2-1-0 GUE 3-0-1-0
Last Five Years At Guelph
NB 1-2-1-0 GUE 3-1-0-0
Previous Meetings This Season
Top Scorers
North Bay Guelph
(12-9-21)
(5-13-18)
(6-11-17)
(5-8-13)
(7-8-15)
(1-11-12)
(4-8-12)
(3-6-9)
(5-4-9)
Last 5 Games
North Bay Guelph
3 – 2 W @ Flint (2017-11-04)
1 – 6 L @ Saginaw (2017-11-04)
5 – 1 W @ Flint (2017-11-03)
4 – 0 W v. London (2017-10-29)
4 – 5 L @ Erie (2017-10-28)
4 – 3 W v. Erie (2017-10-27)
Match Up
North Bay Guelph
Season Record 6-10-2-0 8-7-0-2
Last 10 Games 3-7-0-0 5-4-0-1
Streak 0-2-0-0 1-0-0-0
Last Game 3-1 L @ Sault Ste. Marie (2017-11-05) Final 3-2 W @ Flint (2017-11-04) Final
Home Record 4-3-2-0 5-2-0-1
Away Record 2-7-0-0 3-5-0-1
Goals For 56 46
Goals Against 69 56
Power Plays 15/93 (16.1%) 17/78 (21.8%)
Power Plays – Home 8/45 (17.8%) 6/38 (15.8%)
Power Plays – Away 7/48 (14.6%) 11/40 (27.5%)
Penalty Killing 17/80 (78.8%) 10/58 (82.8%)
Penalty Killing – Home 10/37 (73%) 3/30 (90%)
Penalty Killing – Away 7/43 (83.7%) 7/28 (75%)
Leading Rookie Coe (2-2-4) Hillis (4-8-12)
Most Penalty Minutes Daniel Walker Zach Poirier
Team PIM/GM 10.6/18 8.2/17

Players to Watch:

A total of 10 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 North Bay’s Brett McKenzie (Vancouver Canucks), Cam Dineen (Arizona Coyotes), and Riley Bruce (Calgary Flames).

A pair of defencemen in Friday’s game will be looking to build on their strong offensive output to start off the season. Guelph’s defencemen, Ryan Merkley and North Bay’s Cam Dineen are currently the third and fourth highest scoring defencemen respectively in the OHL.

Guelph Storm captain, Garrett McFadden was just recently named Player of the Week for the week ending November 5th, 2017.Recording three points in two games, McFadden and his defence partner Ryan Merkley led the way offensively for the Storm this past weekend. In Kitchener on Friday, McFadden scored the lone Storm goal in the 4-1 loss. McFadden is tied for second on the team in scoring with 13 points and tied for first in goals scored with five. All five of his goals have come with the man advantage, the most of any Storm player.

Third-year Battalion, Justin Brazeau, is on pace for a breakout season, currently leading the team in scoring with 21 points through 18 games. 12 of Brazeau’s points have been goals which places him eighth in the OHL in that category. After going pointless in Saturday and Sunday’s games, Brazeau will be looking to find the scoresheet in Friday’s contest.

Promotions:

In addition to a special pre-game ceremony, the Storm will be wearing one-of-a-kind jerseys to commemorate Canadian veterans, with inspiration from the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Featured on the jersey is the Vimy Ridge monument. A memorial in France dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War. It also serves as the place of commemoration for Canadian soldiers of the First World War killed or presumed dead in France who have no known grave.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the battle that helped shaped Canadian history. These commemorative jerseys help to honour and remember the sacrifices made by the Canadian soldiers at Vimy Ridge. As well as all the Canadian men and women who have and continue to serve our country.

The jerseys worn during the game will be auctioned off at a later date.


Upcoming Home Game:

The Guelph Storm will face-off against the Sudbury Wolves this Sunday at the Sleeman Centre. Puck-drop is set for 2 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.

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