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Storm baffled by Rangers again

By Tony Saxon, Guelph Mercury

If the Guelph Storm expects to get home ice in the playoffs, it had better figure out a way to beat the Kitchener Rangers.

The Rangers beat the Storm for the third straight time Wednesday night, 5-2 at the Sleeman Centre, and four of Guelph’s remaining 17 regular season games are against Kitchener. That includes a rematch Friday at The Aud.

The loss leaves the fifth-place Storm five points back of the Rangers with a game in hand. Just as importantly, Guelph is now just three points ahead of Sault Ste. Marie.

Given the evidence at hand, the result even left Storm coach Scott Walker wondering if the Storm has what it takes to beat Kitchener with any regularity.

“Do we have enough to do it? Well obviously not, no we don’t. So maybe we’re better not to play them in the playoffs,” said Walker.

“We haven’t figured them out, that’s for sure or our guys are intimidated or something. It’s tough, because we’re there. But we’re not there for the whole 60 minutes.”

Once again it was a close affair between the two rivals and potential first round playoff partners, the game being pretty much a one-goal contest until the final five minutes.

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