Game Preview: Saginaw Spirit at Guelph Storm
The Storm host the Saginaw Spirit at 4:00pm on Saturday afternoon at the Sleeman Centre as the Storm organization host their 2nd annual 'First Responders Appreciation Night" as well as celebrating long time equipment manager Russ 'Rusty' Hammond's recent retirement after being with the Storm organization for all four of their OHL championships.
The Storm head into Saturday's game on a 7 game win streak after defeating the Owen Sound Attack on Friday night. Captain Cam Hillis and Russian sniper Pavel Gogolev have led the Storm offensively through 17 games this season with both players on track to set new career highs. Goaltender Nico Daws has been exceptional this season and is top 5 in most goalie categories with a 7-1-1-2 record.
The Guelph Storm have 2 players drafted to NHL teams that include captain Cam Hillis (MTL - 3rd Round) and Fedor Gordeev (TOR - 5th Round, traded to MIN).
Saginaw is coming into Guelph tied in 1st place in the Western Conference with 26 points this season. Saginaw is being led offensively by sophomore Cole Perfetti (7 goals, 26 assists), Cole Coskey (12 goals, 14 assists) and Damien Giroux *(14 goals, 10 assists).
Saginaw have 6 players drafted to an NHL club including Mason Millman (PHI - 4th Round), Blade Jenkins (NYI - 5th Round), Cole Coskey (NYI - 7th Round), Bode Wilde (NYI - 2nd Round), Reilly Webb (DET - 6thRound) and Damien Giroux (MIN - 5th Round).
HEAD TO HEAD
2019-20 Regular Season
SAG 0-0-0-0 GUE 0-0-0-0
2018-19 Regular Season
SAG 2-1-1-0 GUE 2-1-0-1
Last Five Years
SAG 7-6-2-1 GUE 9-6-0-1
Last Five Years At Saginaw Spirit
SAG 3-4-1-0 GUE 5-2-0-1
Last Five Years At Guelph Storm
SAG 4-2-1-1 GUE 4-4-0-0
Previous Meetings This Season
LAST 5 GAMES
Saginaw Spirit Guelph Storm
Season Record 12-6-1-1 10-4-1-2
Last 10 Games 7-2-0-1 8-1-0-1
Streak 3-0-0-0 7-0-0-0
Last Game 4-3 W vs Ottawa (2019-11-14) Final 4-3 W vs Owen Sound (2019-11-15) Final
Home Record 7-4-0-1 6-2-1-1
Away Record 5-2-1-0 4-2-0-1
Goals For 81 67
Goals Against 68 54
Power Plays 19/85 (22.35%) 15/62 (24.19%)
Power Plays - Home 11/56 (19.64%) 6/36 (16.67%)
Power Plays - Away 8/29 (27.59%) 9/26 (34.62%)
Penalty Killing 12/75 (16%) 12/61 (19.67%)
Penalty Killing - Home 7/45 (84.44%) 5/35 (85.71%)
Penalty Killing - Away 5/30 (83.33%) 7/26 (73.08%)
Leading Rookie Cardwell (5-4-9) Bakanov (5-5-10)
Most Penalty Minutes DJ King Josh Wainman
Team PIM/GM 10.4/20 9.3/17
Players to Watch
Pavel Gogolev has been exceptional this season for the Storm scoring 12 goals and 31 points through 17 games. Gogolev is averaging over 1.5 points per game this season and should easily pass his previous career highs in goals (30) and points (47.)
Cole Coskey was drafted by the New York Islanders in the 7th round of the 2019 NHL entry draft and is looking to score 30 goals for the 3rd consecutive season and eclipse 60 points for the second consecutive season.
Guelph will head to Kitchener on Tuesday November 19th to take on the Rangers at 7:00pm before they return home on Friday November 22nd to face the Sarnia Sting at the Sleeman Centre, with puck drop at 7:30pm.
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