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Game Preview: Storm travel to Erie for school day game

The Guelph Storm travel to Erie on Wednesday to face off against the top-seeded Erie Otters for a school-day game with puck drop at 11:00am.

 

For the Guelph Storm (6-8-1-1, 5th Midwest), Wednesday’s game will bring an opportunity to rebound from last Saturday’s loss to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. The Storm will also look to even the season series against their divisional rivals, losing game one at home in the shootout.

 

Meanwhile, the Erie Otters (10-3-1-0, 1st Midwest) will look to keep things rolling. The Otters enter Wednesday’s contest as the hottest OHL team posting a record of 9-0-1-0 over their last 10 games. Sitting atop of the OHL Standings, Erie has earned a point in every home game this season and their last regulation loss came on October 6, versus the Niagara IceDogs.

 

Puck drop is scheduled for 11:00am.

 

Player Watch

  • Guelph Storm

 

Leading the Storm offensively heading into Wednesday’s match-up is third-year forward Givani Smith. The Toronto native has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 13 games this season. Smith’s 13 points in October is seven more than his October totals from last year. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound winger has a goal and an assist in his lone game against the Otters this season.

 

First-year import, Albert Michnac had a strong week to close October scoring two goals in three games. The Prague, Czech Republic native has eight points (four goals, four assists) in 14 games. The winger’s has experienced an increase in his role and has evidently capitalized on the opportunity finding the scoresheet in seven of his 14 games played.  The 5-foot-11, 175-pound forward was able to find the back of the net in his last game against the Otters.

 

Third-year defender Noah Carroll sits second on the Storm in points by a defenceman so far this season, recording eight points (two goals, six assists) in 14 games. After compiling 16 and 14 points respectively in his past two seasons, the 6-foot-1, 183-pound is well on his way to setting career best season.

 

  • Erie Otters

 

When looking at the success of the Otters this season, one can’t go far without the mention of Taylor Raddysh. In his third OHL season, the 6-foot-2, 209 pound forward leads the league with 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 12 games – impressively averaging just over two points per game. Raddysh has registered a point in all 12 games played this season, including one goal against Guelph on October 14.

 

Not too far behind Raddysh, is Chicago Blackhawks prospect, Alex DeBrincat. The 5-foot-7, 170-pound forward is fourth in OHL scoring with 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 11 games this season, while standing second in goals scored. Breaking down the 2016-17 season, DeBrincat has only been held pointless twice, one of those games was against Guelph on October 14.

 

The Otters are backed by the top goalie in the league to start the season, Troy Timpano. Hot off the heels of being named the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 30, Timpano is a perfect 8-0 to start the year. The Pickering native is in his fourth OHL season and first with the Otters after being acquired in the off-season from the Sudbury Wolves. Through eight games he leads the league with a 1.88 goals-against-average and has the second best save percentage with a mark of 0.931.

 

Last Matchup: Erie 4 @ Guelph 3 SO

October 14 game sheet.

 

GAME NOTES

  • Wednesday’s meeting is the second this season between the Storm and the Otters.
  • The first match-up of the 2015-16 campaign came back on October 14, with Erie taking a 4-3 shootout win in Guelph.

 

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