Guelph Storm Weekend Preview – Jan 3rd – 5th

As we begin a new year, the Guelph Storm are off to a busy start with 3 games in 3 nights. The Storm enters the decade 1st in the Western Conference and 3rd overall in the OHL standings. The Storm is 6-3-0-1 entering the weekend.

Guelph vs. Peterborough – Friday, Jan 3rd at Sleeman Centre

Not an easy start to a busy weekend for the Storm as they take on one of the best teams in the league this season, the Peterborough Petes. The ‘Pesky Petes’ has sure lived up to their name this season, entering the new year just three points behind the Ottawa 67s for first in the OHL.

Head to Head:

In their one and only meeting so far this season, the Storm beat the Petes 3-2 in OT last Saturday. Owen Bennett was great, turning away 42 of 44 shots. Peterborough is 6-3-1-0 in their last 10 games.

Players to Watch:

PBO: Semyon der-Arguchintsev & Declan Chisholm. Both came out flying on New Years’ Eve. der-Arguchintsev had four points, and Chisholm had three in their victory over Niagara. Chisholm also has 12 points in his last 10 games.

GUE: Cam Hillis and Eric Uba. Both are currently riding a four-game point streak, and their line (with Gogolev) is hot right now. Look for them to maintain that throughout the weekend.

Guelph @ Owen Sound – Saturday, Jan 4th at Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre

After facing one of the league’s best, the Storm heads to Owen Sound for a divisional tilt with the Attack.

Head to Head:

Owen Sound enters the weekend with a 4-5-0-1 record in their last 10 games.

Players to Watch:

OS: Barret Kirwin. Four points in his first two games after the break and was named ‘Attacker of the Week’ by the team for his performance.

GUE: Pavel Gogolev. This may seem obvious given the season he’s been having, but recently he seems to really like playing the Attack. In their last meeting on Dec. 10th, Gogolev scored all four of Guelph’s goals in the 4-3 victory. Gogolev’s riding a nine-game point streak (13-6—19) and sits 4th in the league with 57 total points.

Guelph vs. Kitchener – Sunday, Jan 5th at Sleeman Centre

And finally, the third game this weekend may be the toughest. The Kitchener Rangers are hot right now, 9-1-0-0 in their last 10 coming into this weekend.

Head to Head:

The two teams have met four times and have split the season series so far. Both teams are 2-2 so far with a couple of lopsided wins for both sides. Kitchener won the most recent matchup 6-1 back on Dec. 14th.

Players to Watch:

KIT: Axel Bergkvist. The Swedish import is currently on an eight-game point streak (2-10—12) and had three points against Guelph in their last meeting.

GUE: Cedric Ralph. After being out of the lineup for 11 games before the break, Ralph is back and returning to form. After shaking off any rust he may have had in Guelph’s first few games after the break, he’s ready to breakout.

Deadline Decisions:

This may be the last weekend we see certain faces in the Storm lineup.

The OA trade deadline is Jan 9th. With the return of Markus Phillips, the Storm now have four overage players. Since a team can only carry three, this will be an important day for Storm fans to keep an eye on.

The OHL trade deadline is the following day, Jan 10th. The Storm is in a somewhat unexpected position this year. After winning the OHL Championship last year, not too many people would have picked the Storm to be in such a good position this year. The trade deadline should be interesting. Don’t be surprised if you see the Storm looking to get a little younger rather than adding more veteran players like last year. Not sure they are looking to make another run, and don’t really have many drafts picks left to share after loading up at the trade deadline last year.