Friday, January 20, 2017 – Guelph Storm (15-25-2-2) vs. Kitchener Rangers (25-14-2-2) – 7:30pm
Home Game: 23 Season Game: 44
12 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TONIGHT’S GAME
Compiled by: Alyscia Warner, Communications Manager
1) Today marks the sixth of eight meetings between the Kitchener Rangers and Guelph Storm this season. The Rangers are
4-1-0-0 vs. the Storm.
2) The Kitchener Rangers boast the league’s third best home power play, executing at 25.3%. Their 25 goals at home on the power play are tied for the most in the OHL. Kitchener’s home PK has improved slightly to 12th at 82.6%.
3) The Storm are above the middle of the pack when it comes to road PP. Guelph is ranked 8th with an 18.9% efficiency, while their road PK is 11th at 79.6%.
4) Jake Henderson will play in his 100th career regular season game as a member of the Kitchener Rangers tonight.
5) The last time the Guelph Storm earned a win at the Aud was March 4, 2014 (10 straight losses). The game was a 2-0 victory for the Storm, with goals from Robby Fabbri and Zack Mitchell. Justin Nichols and Matt Greenfield were the goaltenders of record. Four current Rangers played in that game (Hora, Llewellyn, Di Perna, Blaisdell), while no current Storm players dressed.
6) The Storm have outshot their opponents in 15 of 44 games this season, but are just 5-10 when commanding the shot clock.
The Rangers have outshot their opponents just 13 times in 43 games played, and are 9-4 when doing so. The Rangers have a winning record (15-13) when outshot.
7) Guelph’s Ryan Merkley leads all OHL rookies in assists (27) and points (34). Kitchener’s Greg Meireles ranks third in points with 28, and trails only Merkley in assists with 18. Rangers’ defenceman Giovanni Vallati leads all rookies in plus/minus with a +15.
8) Rangers’ Adam Mascherin leads the OHL in points (74), while Erie’s Alex DeBrincat trails Mascherin by three points (71). Mascherin also leads the league in assists with 46. He enters tonight’s game on a nine-game point streak (3G, 15A = 18 Pts).
9) Kitchener has scored the game’s opening goal in 26 of 43 games this season, going 17-9 in that span. They are 8-9 when allowing the first goal of the game. Guelph has a record of 9-11 when scoring first. They are 6-18 when allowing the first goal.
10) The Guelph Storm are undefeated in regulation when leading after two periods (13-0-0-1). They have been tied going into the third period eight times this season, but have won only two of those games (2-4-1-1).
11) The Storm are 4-11-1-1 vs. Midwest Division rivals this season. The Rangers are 7-10-0-0.
12) The Storm are 5-14-2-1 this season on the road. The Rangers are 15-5-1-1 at the Aud.