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Game Preview: Storm visit Oshawa in search of third straight win

The Guelph Storm cap off their first three-in-three when the visit Oshawa to take on the Generals for a Sunday evening game.

On Sunday evening, the Strom will look to make it three in a row when they travel to Oshawa to finish their first three-in-three in a cross-conference match-up against the Generals.

Despite riding a two-game win streak, Guelph (5-6-0-1, 5th Midwest) will be in tough when the battle the Generals (6-5-0-0, 2nd East). Oshawa is coming off a big 6-2 victory over Sarnia and are looking to stay hot as they chase Hamilton for first place in the conference.

Oshawa has won four straight against Guelph. During last year’s season, the Generals shut out the Storm in both contests.

Puck drop is slated for 6:00pm

Player Watch

  • Guelph Storm

Rookie Nate Schnarr has had a terrific start to the 2016-17 season. The Waterloo native has registered a point in eight of his 12 games this season. With five points over his last five games, Schnarr now leads the team in goals and is tied for the team lead in points, and will look to stay red-hot in Oshawa.

Keeping with the theme of rookies, Ryan Merkley, continues to dazzle in his first OHL season, currently tied for the team lead in points. The Mississauga native enters Sunday night’s game with a three-game point streak, his second one of the young season. Merkley also sits tied for second in the league in rookie scoring.

Moving to one of the veterans on the roster, Storm Captain, Garrett McFadden is off to a strong start. The Kincardine native extended his point streak to two games on Saturday night and will lead his team into the final game of their three-in-three. Through 10 games, McFadded has registered two goals and four assists for six points.

Oshawa Generals 

A stand-out early in the year for Oshawa is, Anthony Cirelli. The Woodbridge native was selected in the third round by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The third-year forward has put up 16 points (eight goals and eight assists) through his first eight games, coming off a season where he scored 59 points in 62 games a year ago. Cirelli will look to keep rolling scoring three points in each of his last two games.

Leading the Generals defense is the veteran defender, Mitchell Vande Sompel. A third-round draft pick of the New York Islanders in 2015, Vande Sompel has amassed 10 points through his first nine games. The fourth-year defenceman put up 38 points in 46 games last season.

One the Generals top scorer is Oakville native, Domenic Commisso. A prospect in the 2016-17 NHL Entry Draft, Commisso recorded 13 points through his first 11 games of the season, registering a point in eight of those games. The second-year forward registered 42 points in 66 games last season.

GAME NOTES:

  • This will be the first of two meetings between the two teams, the next game will take place January 27 at the Sleeman Centre.
  • Generals goaltender, Jeremy Brodeur, earned two shutouts against the Storm last season.
  • Matt Hotchkiss (Whitby, Ontario), and Luke Burghardt (Bowmanville, Ontario) will all be playing close to home on Sunday evening.
  • Following Sunday’s contest, the Storm return to action on Oct. 28 with the Owen Sound Attack visiting the Sleeman Centre. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds are also in town next weekend, visiting on Oct. 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 also 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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