Friday, November 17, 2017 – Guelph Storm (10-8-0-2) vs. Kitchener Rangers (12-6-2-0) – 7:30pm
Home Game: 11 Season Game: 21
12 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TONIGHT’S GAME
Compiled by: Alyscia Warner, Communications Manager
1) Tonight marks the third of eight meetings this season between the Guelph Storm and Kitchener Rangers. Kitchener claimed a 4-1 victory over Guelph the last time the teams met, two weeks ago here at The Aud. The next meeting between the two teams is December 10 at the Sleeman Centre.
2) The Rangers are on a six-game point streak, collecting 11 of a possible 12 points in their last six games. Their most recent game was a 4-2 win over the London Knights here at The Aud on Tuesday.
3) The Storm were winners of three straight before falling 7-4 to the London Knights last night.
4) Guelph traded their former first round pick of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection (20th overall), Matt Hotchkiss, to the Kingston Frontenacs on Wednesday in exchange for a 5th round pick in 2021.
5) The Rangers have allowed the fewest goals against in the western conference at 59.
6) The Kitchener Rangers home power play sits 8th in the OHL, executing at an 21.4% efficiency (9-for-42). Their home penalty kill is 11th overall at 79.6% (39-for-49).
7) The Guelph Storm road power play ranks 3rd at 26.7% (12-for-45), while their road penalty kill is ranked 13th at 75.8%
8) Rangers’ forward Adam Mascherin currently sits 5th in the OHL in shots on goal with 89. Spitfires’ Aaron Luchuk leads the category with 96.
9) Storm rookie Cam Hillis leads all rookies in league scoring with 17 points in 20 games played. Defenceman Ryan Merkley sits second overall in league scoring by rearguards, tallying 26 points in 20 games.
10) The three first-period goals scored by the Rangers against the Storm in their last meeting two weeks ago tied a season high for the Blueshirts.
11) The Guelph Storm are an impressive 7-2-0-1 at the Sleeman Centre, but have struggled on the road with a 3-6-0-1 record. The Kitchener Rangers have mirrored 6-3-1-0 records at home and on the road.
12) The Rangers are 8-0-0-0 when leading after the first period, but 4-3-1-0 when tied after 20 minutes of play. The Storm are
6-0-0-1 when leading in the first intermission. They are 0-5-0-1 when trailing after 20.