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Talk Today Game Presented by Teachers Life – Game Preview: Guelph Storm vs. Sarnia Sting

The Guelph Storm have partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Waterloo Wellington for a mental health awareness game on Friday February 8, 2019 when the Guelph Storm take on the Sarnia Sting at the Sleeman Centre. Puck drop is at 7:30pm.

The Guelph Storm are heading into this weekends games in 4th place in the Western Conference, while the Sarnia Sting are in 7th place in the Western Conference. The Guelph Storm have points in 11 of their last 12 games with a record of 8-1-3-0 and have outscored their opponents 64 to 38.

Fans can purchase tickets either in-person at the Sleeman Centre Box Office, by calling (519) 837-9690 or online at ticketmaster.com here.

HEAD TO HEAD

2018-19 Regular Season
SAR 1-1-0-0 GUE 1-1-0-0
2017-18 Regular Season
SAR 4-0-0-0 GUE 0-2-1-1
Last Five Years
SAR 13-3-1-1 GUE 5-11-1-1
Last Five Years At Sarnia
SAR 9-0-0-0 GUE 0-9-0-0
Last Five Years At Guelph
SAR 4-3-1-1 GUE 5-2-1-1
Previous Meetings This Season
Guelph 3 @ Sarnia 6 (2018-10-13)
Sarnia 5 @ Guelph 6 (2018-10-05)
TOP SCORERS
Sarnia Guelph
(30-31-61)
(25-49-74)
(19-38-57)
(26-34-60)
(17-31-48)
(34-22-56)
(25-20-45)
(28-28-56)
(14-28-42)
(19-20-39)
LAST 5 GAMES
Sarnia Guelph
3 – 4 L @ Sudbury (2019-02-02)
3 – 4 L @ Ottawa (2019-02-01)
7 – 2 W @ Barrie (2019-01-31)
2 – 3 L @ Erie (2019-01-26)
MATCH UP
Sarnia Guelph
Season Record 22-23-5-2 27-13-6-4
Last 10 Games 4-6-0-0 6-1-3-0
Streak 1-0-0-0 1-0-0-0
Last Game 5-4 W @ North Bay (2019-02-03) Final 8-1 W @ Kingston (2019-02-02) Final
Home Record 14-8-2-1 17-5-1-1
Away Record 8-15-3-1 10-8-5-3
Goals For 213 216
Goals Against 226 171
Power Plays 43/217 (19.8%) 53/201 (26.4%)
Power Plays – Home 18/106 (17%) 28/99 (28.3%)
Power Plays – Away 25/111 (22.5%) 25/102 (24.5%)
Penalty Killing 43/206 (79.1%) 39/178 (78.1%)
Penalty Killing – Home 16/96 (83.3%) 20/80 (75%)
Penalty Killing – Away 27/110 (75.5%) 19/98 (80.6%)
Leading Rookie Perreault (25-20-45) Collins (3-8-11)
Most Penalty Minutes Kelton Hatcher Isaac Ratcliffe
Team PIM/GM 12.5/52 9.5/50

Players to Watch

Guelph Storm

Sean Durzi has been lights out for the Storm since coming over from Owen Sound in a trade in January. Sean had 3 goals and 14 assists in 18 games with Owen Sound, but since the trade, Sean has 5 goals and 10 assists in 10 games played brining his season total to 8 goals and 14 assists for 32 points in 28 games played.

Sarnia Sting

Rookie winger Jacob Perreault has been incredible in his first OHL season and leads all rookies in goals scored with 25 goals through 47 games. Jacob was drafted in the 1st round of the 2018 OHL draft and has 45 points thus far in his rookie season.

Canadian Mental Health Association, Waterloo Wellington

The game day experience will have several features to promote the importance of mental health, including:

  • A CMHA-run kiosk on the concourse where fans can learn more about mental health and the organization’s community-based services
  • A ceremonial puck drop and photo opportunity with CMHA Waterloo Wellington
  • Videos featuring Guelph Storm players talking about the importance of mental health
  • Public service announcements about mental health and CMHA Waterloo Wellington
  • Mental health signs for fans to write on and show in unison at a designated stoppage in play

This mental health awareness game is part of the Guelph Storms’ ongoing partnership with CMHA Waterloo Wellington and its Talk Today program. Originally launched by CMHA Ontario in partnership with the Ontario Hockey League in 2014, Talk Today provides an important opportunity to address the mental health needs of athletes across Canada. Through this program, over 1,000 OHL players and over 400 coaches, billets and staff have received mental health and suicide prevention training across the league.

The key piece of the Talk Today program has been to educate players about mental health and suicide prevention. Each team is also linked to a CMHA mental health coach, who provides support and mental health resources to individuals in need. Additionally, CMHA experts work with players from the Guelph Storm to deliver an in-class presentation about mental wellness to elementary school students.

“Talk Today provides mental health support and raises suicide awareness among the Guelph Storm organization and throughout the OHL. By hosting this event, the Guelph Storm are helping eliminate the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues and encouraging discussion within the community about mental health,” said Fred Wagner, executive director of CMHA Waterloo Wellington.

“Partnering with the Canadian Mental Health Association makes perfect sense for our club. We are proud to be part of the Talk Today program, and the skills that our players are learning are ones they will carry for life. This is about much more than just hockey,” said Rick Gaetz, Guelph Storm Partner and Governor.

Upcoming Games

The Storm head to Sarnia for a Saturday evening game against the Sting. Guelph will then conclude their 3 in 3 weekend with a home game against the Kingston Frontenacs on Sunday February 10th at 2:00pm at the Sleeman Centre.

Fans can purchase tickets either in-person at the Sleeman Centre Box Office, by calling (519) 837-9690 or online at ticketmaster.com here.

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