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Western Conference Finals – Game 3 Preview: Guelph Storm at Saginaw Spirit

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Game 3 of the Western Finals between the Guelph Storm and the Saginaw Spirit takes place Monday April 22nd at 7:00pm at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph.

After the Spirit’s 7-2 game one win, Guelph and Saginaw played a very low scoring and close game late into the third period of game two. The Storm were awarded a 5 minute power play after MacKenzie Entwistle was elbowed in the head by Justin Murray, and they were able to score two quick power play goals to give the Storm a 3-2 lead with only a couple minutes left in the game. Isaac Ratcliffe took a undisciplined penalty late in the period that gave the Spirit a power play which resulted in a goal by Bode Wilde with 1:17s remaining. With the game in overtime, Ryan McLeod split the Guelph defence and chipped a puck over Anthony Popovich to give the Saginaw Spirit a 4-3 win and a 2-0 series lead.

HEAD TO HEAD
2019 Playoffs
SAG 2-0-0-0 GUE 0-1-1-0
2018 Playoffs
SAG 0-0-0-0 GUE 0-0-0-0
Last Five Years
SAG 2-0-0-0 GUE 0-1-1-0
Last Five Years At Saginaw
SAG 2-0-0-0 GUE 0-1-1-0
Last Five Years At Guelph
SAG 0-0-0-0 GUE 0-0-0-0
Previous Meetings This Season
TOP SCORERS
Saginaw Guelph
(9-10-19)
(11-11-22)
(3-13-16)
(7-9-16)
(5-7-12)
(2-13-15)
(6-5-11)
(4-10-14)
(7-3-10)
LAST 5 GAMES
Saginaw Guelph
4 – 3 W v. Guelph (2019-04-20)
3 – 4 L @ Saginaw (2019-04-20)
7 – 2 W v. Guelph (2019-04-18)
2 – 7 L @ Saginaw (2019-04-18)
6 – 3 W @ London (2019-04-16)
5 – 3 W v. London (2019-04-13)
3 – 1 W @ London (2019-04-12)
MATCH UP
Saginaw Guelph
Season Record 10-2-0-0 8-4-1-0
Last 10 Games 8-2-0 5-4-1
Streak 3-0-0 0-1-1
Last Game 4-3 W vs Guelph (2019-04-20) Final 4-3 L @ Saginaw (2019-04-20) Final
Home Record 6-1-0-0 4-1-0-0
Away Record 4-1-0-0 4-3-1-0
Goals For 61 51
Goals Against 30 44
Power Plays 9/46 (19.6%) 12/47 (25.5%)
Power Plays – Home 7/27 (25.9%) 5/19 (26.3%)
Power Plays – Away 2/19 (10.5%) 7/28 (25%)
Penalty Killing 5/42 (88.1%) 10/45 (77.8%)
Penalty Killing – Home 4/26 (84.6%) 5/17 (70.6%)
Penalty Killing – Away 1/16 (93.8%) 5/28 (82.1%)
Leading Rookie Perfetti (6-5-11)
Most Penalty Minutes Justin Murray Isaac Ratcliffe
Team PIM/GM 11.8/12 9.2/13

 

Players to Watch

Guelph Storm

Nate Schnarr finished his regular season with a career high 34 goals and 68 assists for 102 points. In the opening round against Kitchener, Nate scored 2 goals and 8 assists for 10 points, which included a 4 assist night in game three. In the second round against the London Knights, Schnarr collected 2 goals 2 assists in the 7 game series. Now in the Western Finals, Nate has been held scoreless in 3 straight games, and has 1 assist in his last 5 games played.

Saginaw Spirit

Cole Perfetti had an incredible rookie season for the Spirit, and missed out on winning rookie of the year by just a couple of votes. In the post-season, Cole has collected 11 points in 11 games, including 5 points in the opening two games of the Western Finals against the Storm.

Upcoming Games

The Western Conference Finals Schedule:

Game 1: Guelph @ Saginaw – Thursday April 18th at 7:05pm

Game 2: Guelph @ Saginaw – Saturday April 20th at 7:05pm

Game 3: Saginaw @ Guelph – Monday April 22nd at 7:00pm

Game 4: Saginaw @ Guelph – Wednesday April 24th at 7:00pm

Game 5: Guelph @ Saginaw– Friday April 26th at 7:05pm *

Game 6: Saginaw @ Guelph – Sunday April 28th at 2:00pm *

Game 7: Guelph @ Saginaw– Monday April 29th at 7:05pm *

* If Necessary

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