GD12 – Guelph Storm at Kitchener Rangers – January 21, 2018
Sunday, January 21, 2018 – Guelph Storm (22-17-1-3) vs. Kitchener Rangers (29-14-2-0) –2pm
Home Game: 23 Season Game: 46
12 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TODAY’S GAME
Compiled by: Alyscia Warner, Communications Manager
1) Today marks the fifth of eight meetings this season between the Guelph Storm and Kitchener Rangers. The final three games are all in March. The season series is led by Kitchener, 3-1-0-0.
2) The Rangers are coming off their third shutout win of the season, a 3-0 victory over the Erie Otters here at The Aud on Friday night. Kitchener has won two in a row and four of their last five. The Storm are coming off a 3-1 home win over the Windsor Spitfires on Friday. They enter today’s game on a three-game win streak.
3) Mario Culina is riding back-to-back shutouts, having turned aside the last 70 shots over 120:28 minutes.
4) Rangers forward Givani Smith takes on his former club for the first time since trade deadline today. In parts of four seasons with the Storm, he registered 66 goals and 116 points along with 375 penalty minutes in 218 regular season and playoff games.
5) The ten goals the Rangers scored against the Storm at the Sleeman Centre on December 10 (10-3 win) remains a season high in a game for the Blueshirts.
6) Mascherin ranks fifth overall in league scoring with 59 points (30G, 29A) in 45 games played. Defenceman Ryan Merkley leads the Storm with 11 goals and 51 points, sitting 19th overall in league scoring.
7) Adam Liška leads the Rangers against the Storm in the season series, registering six points (2G, 4A) in the previous four meetings. James McEwan leads the Storm against the Rangers in the first four games, tallying six points (4G, 2A).
8) The Kitchener Rangers home power play is 5th in the OHL, executing at a 26.3% efficiency (20-for-76). Their home penalty kill is 15th overall at 77.6% (59-for-76).
9) The Guelph Storm road power play ranks 2nd at 25.6% (22-for-86), while their road penalty kill is ranked 19th at 71.0% (44-for-62).
10) The Rangers continue to await the debut of forward Logan Brown to their lineup. The former Spitfire joined the team on Thursday and has begun skating with the club.
11) The Rangers are 15-0-0-0 when leading after one period of play, and 21-2-0-0 when leading after two.
12) The Storm are 12-0-1-1 when leading after one and 17-1-0-1 when leading after two. They have managed to come back just once in 13 games when trailing after the first period, and have won two of 17 games when trailing after 40 minutes.