Storm visits Knights on Thursday night
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With every point critical as the Storm tries to punch their ticket to the OHL post-season for the 20th straight season, Guelph will travel to London to face the 1st place Knights on Thursday night.
A scheduling oddity will see the Storm play three straight home-and-home series against Midwest Division opponents to finish their 2011-12 regular season. Tomorrow night, Guelph and London will meet at the Sleeman Centre for the 6th and final head-to-head of the campaign. Following back-to-back games against the Erie Otters, the Storm will play two straight against the Owen Sound Attack to conclude the regular season.
With six games remaining, Guelph (27-29-2-4) is currently tied with the Windsor Spitfires for seventh in the Western Conference. One point behind the Storm and the Spitfires is the Soo Greyhounds. The Spitfires and Greyhounds will face off on Thursday night in Windsor.
London (45-16-0-1) is in a battle of their own for top spot in the Western Conference. With two straight losses and five defeats in their last 10 games, the Knights’ six point lead atop the conference has disappeared as the Plymouth Whalers have pulled even thanks to seven wins in a row.
Tonight’s game will feature three of the top four 1995 born skaters in the OHL. For the Knights, Max Domi has 45 points to rank first, while Guelph’s Hunter Garlent (36) and Jason Dickinson rank second and fourth respectively.
In head-to-head action this season, the Knights have taken each of the four meetings including an overtime win and a shootout decision holding the Storm to only four goals including a team-best two by Zack Mitchell. With three points versus London, Matt Finn leads all Storm scorers. For London, Seth Griffith and Chris Tierney each have three points against the Storm.
Garret Sparks has an 0-1-1-1 record in three starts versus London this season in spite of a sparkling 1.62 GAA and 0.946 save percentage while Michael Houser owns a perfect 3-0-0-0 record with a GAA of 0.97 and a 0.975 save percentage.