GD12 – Guelph Storm vs. Kitchener Rangers – March 16, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018 – Guelph Storm (29-28-5-4) vs. Kitchener Rangers (43-20-3-1) – 7:30pm
Home Game: 34 Season Game: 68
12 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TONIGHT’S GAME
Compiled by: Alyscia Warner, Communications Manager
1) It’s Fan Appreciation Night at The Aud. The Rangers would like to thank all of those in Rangers Nation for their dedication and fandom throughout the regular season and as we gear up for the playoffs. Hundreds of prizes will be given out throughout the night, including posters to the first 2,000 fans through the gates, game worn jersey giveaways, 200+ swag bags including Rangers apparel and merchandise, and a chance to drop the puck before the game.
2) Tonight is Country Night at The Aud. The Kitchener Rangers have teamed up with Boots and Hearts Country Music Festival for a country themed night where fans will also have the chance to win tickets to this summer’s Boots and Hearts!
3) Today marks the final regular season game for the Kitchener Rangers, while the Guelph Storm wrap up their season tomorrow night in Erie vs. the Otters.
4) The Rangers are 5-1-1-0 this season vs. the Storm. Guelph rallied for a 4-3 OT victory the last time the two teams met on Tuesday night at the Sleeman Centre.
5) The Rangers will finish second in the west, but the Storm could finish anywhere from 6th to 8th, meaning today’s game could potentially be a first round playoff preview.
6) Kitchener looks to avoid its third straight loss, albeit they earned points in both of their last two games; the 4-3 OT loss to Guelph Tuesday and a 4-3 shootout loss to Sarnia on Wednesday.
7) Guelph aims to win back-to-back games for just the first time since February 8-9 (at Windsor, vs. Saginaw).
8) The Storm are 12-18-0-2 on the road this season while the Rangers are 22-10-1-0 at The Aud.
9) Storm centre Cam Hillis sits second overall in the league’s rookie scoring race with 19 goals and 55 points in 58 games played. He trails Barrie’s Andrei Svechnikov by 18 goals and 12 points.
10) The Rangers have trailed after the first period of play 24 times, but have come back to win 10 of those games. The Storm have trailed after the opening frame 24 times, but have won only two of those games.
11) The Kitchener Rangers home power play is 8th in the OHL, executing at a 23.3% efficiency (27-for-116). Their home penalty kill is 9th overall at 80.0% (92-for-115). The Guelph Storm road power play ranks 3rd at 24.8% (30-for-121), while their road penalty kill is ranked 15th at 76.4% (81-for-106).
12) Overall, the Rangers power play ranks 10th (20.8%), while the Storm’s PP ranks 7th (21.6%). The Rangers PK ranks 3rd (83.2%), while the Storm’s penalty kill is 8th (80.3%).