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Game Preview: Kitchener Rangers at Guelph Storm

The Guelph Storm welcome the Kitchener Rangers to town on Saturday afternoon for their annual teddy bear toss game at 2:00pm.

The Storm opened their 3in3 weekend with a 6 -3 win against the Windsor Spitfires on Friday evening. Guelph’s record improves to 4-2 in the month of December heading into Saturday game against the Rangers, and remain in 1st place in the Western Conference.

The Kitchener Rangers have been on a roll as of late winning 8 straight heading into Saturday’s matchup. Kitchener has outscored their opponents 36-20 during their hot stretch and sit in 6th place in the Western Conference.

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HEAD TO HEAD

2019-20 Regular Season
KIT 1-2-0-0 GUE 2-1-0-0
2018-19 Regular Season
KIT 4-4-0-0 GUE 4-3-1-0
Last Five Years
KIT 23-11-1-0 GUE 12-20-3-0
Last Five Years At Kitchener Rangers
KIT 13-6-0-0 GUE 6-12-1-0
Last Five Years At Guelph Storm
KIT 10-5-1-0 GUE 6-8-2-0
Previous Meetings This Season
TOP SCORERS
Kitchener Rangers Guelph Storm
(11-21-32)
(22-26-48)
(18-8-26)
(10-34-44)
(8-16-24)
(11-9-20)
(6-14-20)
(12-7-19)
(2-16-18)
(9-10-19)
LAST 5 GAMES
Kitchener Rangers Guelph Storm
4 – 0 W v. London (2019-12-10)
1 – 3 L v. London (2019-12-08)
6 – 4 W v. Oshawa (2019-12-06)
4 – 0 W v. Barrie (2019-12-06)
4 – 3 W @ Windsor (2019-12-05)
3 – 2 W @ Saginaw (2019-12-04)
MATCH UP
Kitchener Rangers Guelph Storm
Season Record 15-10-2-2 19-6-1-3
Last 10 Games 8-2-0-0 7-2-0-1
Streak 8-0-0-0 2-0-0-0
Last Game 9-6 W vs Hamilton (2019-12-13) Final 6-3 W vs Windsor (2019-12-13) Final
Home Record 11-4-1-0 11-3-1-1
Away Record 4-6-1-2 8-3-0-2
Goals For 98 107
Goals Against 101 75
Power Plays 21/106 (19.81%) 23/108 (21.3%)
Power Plays – Home 12/61 (19.67%) 11/68 (16.18%)
Power Plays – Away 9/45 (20%) 12/40 (30%)
Penalty Killing 29/112 (25.89%) 17/102 (16.67%)
Penalty Killing – Home 13/55 (76.36%) 8/58 (86.21%)
Penalty Killing – Away 16/57 (71.93%) 9/44 (79.55%)
Leading Rookie Pinelli (9-8-17) Bakanov (7-7-14)
Most Penalty Minutes Jonathan Yantsis Eric Uba
Team PIM/GM 11/29 8.7/29

Players to Watch

Guelph Storm 

The Guelph Storm have 2 players on their roster who have been drafted to an NHL club including captain Cam Hilllis (MTL – 3rd Round) and defenceman Fedor Gordeev (MIN – 5th Round).

 Kitchener Rangers

The Kitchener Rangers have 5 players drafted by NHL teams including Axel Bergkvist (ARI – 7th Round), Riley Damiani (DAL – 5th Round), Michael Vukojevic (NJ – 3rd Round), Jacon Ingham (LA – 6th Round) and Greg Meireles (FLA – 6th Round).

Teddy Bear Toss

Saturday, December 14th, is the annual Teddy Bear Toss game sponsored by Brent Johnson of Wayne Pitman Ford Lincoln at the Sleeman Centre as the Storm host the Kitchener Rangers at 2pm.

Last year the teddy bear goal was scored by forward Barret Kirwin at the halfway point of the first period.  Kirwin’s goal brought on a storm of over 3,500 stuffed animals onto the ice!

As we get ready for Saturday’s game, here are some Teddy Bear Toss Facts…

– Over 18 seasons, the Storm has collected over 54,500 new, or ‘slightly loved’ stuffed toys that have been donated to charities in Guelph and around the world.

– The most bears ever collected by the Storm in a single game was last year’s 6,000 (2017-18)

– The Storm’s record in 18 Teddy Bear Toss games is 10-6-2-0.

– The earliest Storm goal recorded on a Teddy Bear Toss night in Guelph was in 2009 when Matt Sisca scored at 1:13 of the first period.

– The Storm were held scoreless only once on Teddy Bear Toss night, December 2nd, 2002 against the Brampton Battalion (4-0).

Guelph Storm Teddy Bear Toss Goals

Friday, December 8th. 2000: Guelph Storm 8 – Oshawa Generals 0 – goal scored by Charlie Stephens (9:11 First Period) – Attendance: 3,414

Friday, December 7th, 2001: Guelph Storm 4 – Brampton Battalion 4 – goal scored by Martin St. Pierre (17:27 First Period) – Attendance: 3,349

Friday, December 6th, 2002: Guelph Storm 0 – Brampton Battalion 4 – Attendance: 3,568

Friday, December 5th, 2003: Guelph Storm 2 – Owen Sound 2 – goal scored by Shane Hart (7:28 Third Period) – Attendance: 3,890

Friday, December 3rd, 2004: Guelph Storm 2 – Barrie Colts 2 – goal scored by Matt D’Agostini (7:24 First Period) – Attendance: 4,100

Friday, December 1st, 2005: Guelph Storm 3 – Windsor Spitfires 0 – goal scored by Matt D’Agostini (4:54 Second Period) – Attendance 3,976

Friday, December 1st, 2006: Guelph Storm 1 – Erie Otters 2 – goal scored by Jamie Arniel (8:52 Third Period)- Attendance 3,850

Friday, December 7th, 2007: Guelph Storm 3 – Saginaw Spirit 1 – goal scored by Brandon Buck (13:39 Second Period) – Attendance 3,880

Friday, December 5th, 2008: Guelph Storm 3 – Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 0 – goal scored by Peter Holland (6:14 Second Period) – Attendance 3,985

Friday, December 11th, 2009: Guelph Storm 8 – Owen Sound Attack 1 – goal scored by Matt Sisca (1:13 first period) – Attendance 3579

Friday, December 10th, 2010: Guelph Storm 4 – Sarnia Sting 1 – goal scored by Richard Panik (5:54 Second Period) – Attendance: 3,978

Friday, December 9th, 2011: Guelph Storm 5 – Barrie Colts 8 – goal scored by Matt Finn (13:34 Third Period) – Attendance 3,955

Friday, December 7th, 2012: Guelph Storm 4 – Owen Sound Attack 1 – goal scored by Hunter Garlent (4:12 First Period) – 4,938

Friday, December 6th, 2013: Guelph Storm 3 – Owen Sound Attack 5 – goal scored by Robby Fabbri (8:36 Second Period) – Attendance 4,938

Friday, December 12th, 2014: Guelph Storm 4 – Owen Sound Attack 3 – goal scored by Tyler Bertuzzi (5:00 First Period) – Attendance 4,720

Friday, December 4th, 2015: Guelph Storm 4 Hamilton Bulldogs 7 – goal scored by James McEwan (5:59 First Period) – Attendance 4,068

Sunday, December 11th, 2016: Guelph Storm 4 Kingston Frontenacs 3 (OT)- goal scored by Ryan Merkley (10:09 First Period – Attendance, 4,286

Sunday, December 10th, 2017: Guelph Storm 3 Kitchener Rangers 10 – goal scored by Mason Primeau (2:40 Second Period) – Attendance, 4,536

Saturday, December 15th, 2018: Guelph Storm 6 Mississauga Steelheads 4 – goal scored by Barret Kirwin (11:28 First Period)- Attendance, 4,287

Upcoming Games

Guelph will wrap up their 3in3 weekend with a visit to Oshawa to face the Generals on Sunday evening at 6:05pm. Guelph will then enjoy a holiday break before returning to the ice on Saturday December 28th as they visit Peterborough to take on the Petes. Guelph will return home on Sunday December 29th at 7:05pm as they face the Hamilton Bulldogs at the Sleeman Centre.

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