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Game Preview: Storm visit 67’s in Saturday afternoon showdown

The Guelph Storm begin a two-game Eastern Conference road trip visiting the Ottawa 67’s on Saturday afternoon.

 

The Guelph Storm (6-8-2-1, 5th Midwest) head to Ottawa to face the 67’s (6-8-2-0, 4th East) for game two of their three-game road trip.

 

After losing in heartbreaking fashion to Erie on Wednesday, the Storm will look to build off their effort against the Otters. Despite the loss, there were some positives on Wednesday as the Storm came from behind twice during the game to force overtime.

 

Ottawa portion based off Friday night.

 

Puck drop is scheduled for 11:00am.

 

Player Watch

  • Guelph Storm

With a notably young team, rookie Nate Schnarr has been a standout to start the season. With a goal and an assist on Wednesday in Erie, the Waterloo native now leads the OHL rookie goal scoring race and is second in points. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound forward was an instrumental piece in pushing Wednesday’s game to overtime, after intercepting and errant Erie pass and beating Timpano five-hole to tie the game late in the third period.

 

Wednesday’s school day game was a historic moment for first-year import Dmitri Samorukov. In the opening minutes of the second period, Samorukov fired a rocket from the point beating Timpano on the power play for his first career OHL goal. Through 16 games, the Volgograd, Russia native has recorded one goal and six assists for seven points.

 

Going three-for-three watching OHL freshman, rookie Cedric Ralph has been subtly finding a groove of his own over the past few games. Over his last five games, Ralph has recorded a goal and two assists for three points, including two points in his last two games. The Peterborough native has five points (two goals, three assists) in 14 games this season.

 

  • Ottawa 67’s

Leading the way for the 67’s offense is third-year import Artur Tyanulin. Recently named to Team Russia for the 2016 CIBC Canada-Russia Series, Tyanulin has 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) through 156games, sitting seventh in the OHL in points. Tyanulin enters Saturday with a four-game point streak, and in three previous match-ups against the Storm, the Kazan, Russian native has a goal and an assist for two points.

 

Right behind in 67’s production is sophomore forward Austen Keating. Coming off a rookie season where he posted 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 50 games played, the Guelph native is off to a roaring start with 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 16 games and is well on his to surpassing his rookie totals. Keating also enters Saturday with a four-game point streak.

 

One of the hottest players on the 67’s is defender Noel Hoefenmayer, despite his three-game point streak being snapped on Friday night, the second-year defenceman has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) through 16 games played. Early into the year, the North York native’s season is highlighted by a seven-game point streak as well as three straight games where he recorded a goal and an assist. Hoefenmayer sits fifth in OHL defenceman scoring, just four points back of Flint’s Mathieu Henderson.

 

GAME NOTES

  • Saturday’s match-up will be the first of two meetings between the Storm and the 67’s this season
  • Austen Keating will be playing his third game against his hometown team.
  • Liam Herbst visits his former team Saturday afternoon for the first time since being acquired by the Storm from the 67’s via trade in June 2016
  • Following Saturday’s contest, the Storm will travel down to Kingston to face the Frontenacs for a Sunday afternoon match-up.Storm visit 67’s in Saturday matinee
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