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Game Preview: Storm cap road trip with Highway 6 clash

After a successful weekend, the Guelph Storm will travel up Highway Six on Wednesday to face divisional foes, the Owen Sound Attack.

 

Guelph (5-6-1-1, 5th Midwest) had a big weekend earning five out of a possible six points in their first three-in-three and will look to keep things rolling when they head to Owen Sound to battle the Attack (6-6-0-0, 4th Midwest).

 

After splitting a pair of road games with the Erie Otters last weekend, the Attack will look to get back into the win column when they return home.

 

The highway six rivalry is alive and well as the two teams are neck and neck in the standings, with both teams at 12 points. The Attack, however, sit one spot ahead at 4th in the Midwest due to playing one fewer game than the Storm.

 

The Storm and the Attack have met once already on the season, with the Storm beating the Attack 4-2.

 

Puck drop is slated for 7:00 PM.

 

Player Watch

  • Guelph Storm

 

One of the hottest players for the Storm is winger, Givani Smith. Named Player of the Week for the week ending October 23, Smith scored six points in three games. Through 10 games this season Smith has scored five goals and six assists for 11 points. The Toronto native is currently riding a three-game point streak and will look to keep things rolling against the Attack.

 

The Storm also benefited on a breakout weekend from sophomore winger Nic Sicoly. The Sault Ste. Marie native recorded three points in as many games, including his first goal of the season. Sicoly will look to build off his strong weekend and is currently on pace to surpass his totals set last season.

 

Rounding out the Storm’s trio is veteran defender Noah Carroll. Coming off a breakout weekend of his own, Carroll scored three points in three games, including his overtime winner in Barrie. The Strathroy native has recorded two goals and five assists for seven points in 11 games and is just one goal back of his career high set last season.

 

  • Owen Sound

 

The Owen Sound offence is powered by third-year import forward, Petrus Palmu. Currently eighth in league scoring, Palmu has scored 10 goals and has added eight assists on the year for 18 points in 12 games.

 

Another bright spot for the attack is winger Kevin Hancock, who heads into Wednesday night with four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 12 games on the year. The Mississauga native is his second full OHL season, scoring 13 goals and 15 assists in 66 games in 2015-16, and is on pace to surpass those totals.

 

The Attack are backed by one of the top goalies in the OHL. Michael McNiven has been red-hot since returning from the Montreal Canadiens training camp. The Georgetown native currently boasts a 2.24 GAA and a save percentage of .918, with five wins and a shutout in seven games played. McNiven has posted an all-time record of 5-2-0-1 with one shutout versus Guelph.

 

Last match-up: Guelph 4 @ Owen Sound 2

 

October 1 game sheet.

 

GAME NOTES

 

  • This will be the second of eight meetings between the two teams, the next game will take play October 28 at the Sleeman Centre
  • Garrett McFadden (Kincardine, Ontario) will be playing close to home on Wednesday evening
  • Following Wednesday’s contest, the Storm return home on October 28 with the Owen Sound Attack visiting the Sleeman Centre. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds are also in town next weekend, visiting on October 30, giving Storm fans the chance to take advantage of the Weekend Pass ticket deal! With any ticket purchase for Friday’s game against Owen Sound, you can add a $12 ticket to see the Greyhounds make their lone trip to Guelph! For more information or to order your tickets, call (519) 837-9690. Tickets can be purchased here.

 

Upcoming events…

  • Join Spyke and Stormy for their annual Halloween Bash at the Sleeman Centre when your Guelph Storm host the Soo Greyhounds on Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 pm. Then after the game hit the ice again for a free Skate With the Storm! (For more information, click here.)
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