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Game Preview: Storm looking for revenge

The Guelph Storm will look for revenge as they head to Hamilton to face Bulldogs and the hottest offense in the OHL.

 

After coming up short to league’s top team on Friday night, the Storm will have an opportunity to rebound quickly when they head to Hamilton to battle the Bulldogs on Saturday night.

 

This will be the second and final matchup of the season between the Storm and the Bulldogs. The first matchup took place last week when the Bulldogs handed the Storm their first loss of the season.

 

The Storm will look to avenge the loss and rebound from last night’s defeat tonight, puck drop is slated for 7:00 PM.

 

Player Watch:

  • Guelph Storm

 

Storm centre, Nate Schnarr, is off to great start to the 2016-17 season, the Waterloo native recently received a “B” ranking on the NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch list. In five games this season, Schnarr has recorded two goal and two assists for four points, already matching his totals from his six games played last year.

 

Rookie Ryan Merkley was terrific during Friday night’s game adding an assist, for his second point of the season. The Mississauga native is still in search of his first career OHL goal, which almost happened during Friday night’s game. Merkley was all over the ice and made several strong offensive plays, ringing one off the post and was robbed by Culina late in the third. Merkley will look to continue his strong play as he learns at the OHL heading into Hamilton.

 

After returning from the Carolina Hurricanes training camp, Carroll is off to the strongest start of his OHL career. With two assists in his first three games, the Strathroy native is on pace to set career highs this season.

 

  • Hamilton Bulldogs

 

Bulldogs sophomore, MacKenzie Entwistle, has been terrific in the early part of the 2016-17 season registering five goals in five games, currently just one goal away from his total set season. Entwistle has scored in back-to-back games, and the Storm will be on alert when he has the puck.

 

First-year import Marian Studenic, has looked strong through his first five OHL games recording one goal and five assists for six points. His season is highlighted by his three-point game versus the Storm last week, where Studenic earned third-star honours.

 

The Bulldogs blue line is led by veteran defender, Justin Lemcke. The Whitby native is coming off a shortened season due to injury and has already matched his point totals from just a year ago. With one goal and three assists in five games, Lemcke is on pace to set career highs for the Bulldogs.

 

GAME NOTES:

 

  • This is the final meeting between the two teams, the Bulldogs claimed game one with a 6-3 victory
  • Isaac Ratcliffe enters tonight’s game with a three-game point streak
  • The Storm are next in action on Monday when they face the Rangers in Kitchener
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