Game Preview: Windsor Spitfires at Guelph Storm
The Windsor Spitfires visit the Sleeman Centre on Friday night for their first visit of the season against the Guelph Storm at 7:30pm. Friday's game is mini stick night sponsored by Home Depot.
The Guelph Storm are coming into Friday's matchup in 1st place in the Western Conference after beating the Owen Sound Attack 4-3 on Tuesday evening. Windsor is coming into Friday in in 5th place in the Western Conference after losing to the Saginaw Spirit 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday evening.
Windsor Spitfires Guelph Storm
Season Record 16-6-4-0 18-6-1-3
Last 10 Games 5-3-2-0 7-2-0-1
Streak 0-0-1-0 1-0-0-0
Last Game 4-3 L vs Saginaw (2019-12-12) Final 4-3 W @ Owen Sound (2019-12-10) Final
Home Record 10-2-3-0 10-3-1-1
Away Record 6-4-1-0 8-3-0-2
Goals For 114 101
Goals Against 93 72
Power Plays 29/100 (29%) 23/106 (21.7%)
Power Plays - Home 16/57 (28.07%) 11/66 (16.67%)
Power Plays - Away 13/43 (30.23%) 12/40 (30%)
Penalty Killing 22/100 (22%) 16/99 (16.16%)
Penalty Killing - Home 14/56 (75%) 7/55 (87.27%)
Penalty Killing - Away 8/44 (81.82%) 9/44 (79.55%)
Leading Rookie Rafkin (1-16-17) Bakanov (6-6-12)
Most Penalty Minutes Ruben Rafkin Eric Uba
Team PIM/GM 10.2/26 8.8/28
Players to Watch
Guelph Storm - Matthew Papais
Drafted in the 7th round of the 2018 OHL Priority Draft, Matthew has had a strong start for the Guelph Storm in his first full season with the team. Papais scored 1 assist in 12 games last year for the team, but has 5 goals and 7 points through 25 games thus far this year.
Windsor Spitfires - Will Cuylle
The 6'.03" Toronto, ON native has had a good sophomore season thus far for the Spitfires. Cuylle finished his rookie season with 26 goals and 41 points, and is currently on pace to set new career high numbers in assists and points this year.
Saturday December 14th - Teddy Bear Toss
Saturday, December 14th, is the annual Teddy Bear Toss game sponsored by Brent Johnson of Wayne Pitman Ford Lincoln at the Sleeman Centre as the Storm host the Kitchener Rangers at 2pm.
Last year the teddy bear goal was scored by forward Barret Kirwin at the halfway point of the first period. Kirwin's goal brought on a storm of over 3,500 stuffed animals onto the ice!
As we get ready for Saturday's game, here are some Teddy Bear Toss Facts...
- Over 18 seasons, the Storm has collected over 54,500 new, or 'slightly loved' stuffed toys that have been donated to charities in Guelph and around the world.
- The most bears ever collected by the Storm in a single game was last year's 6,000 (2017-18)
- The Storm's record in 18 Teddy Bear Toss games is 10-6-2-0.
- The earliest Storm goal recorded on a Teddy Bear Toss night in Guelph was in 2009 when Matt Sisca scored at 1:13 of the first period.
- The Storm were held scoreless only once on Teddy Bear Toss night, December 2nd, 2002 against the Brampton Battalion (4-0).
Guelph Storm Teddy Bear Toss Goals
Friday, December 8th. 2000: Guelph Storm 8 - Oshawa Generals 0 - goal scored by Charlie Stephens (9:11 First Period) - Attendance: 3,414
Friday, December 7th, 2001: Guelph Storm 4 - Brampton Battalion 4 - goal scored by Martin St. Pierre (17:27 First Period) - Attendance: 3,349
Friday, December 6th, 2002: Guelph Storm 0 - Brampton Battalion 4 - Attendance: 3,568
Friday, December 5th, 2003: Guelph Storm 2 - Owen Sound 2 - goal scored by Shane Hart (7:28 Third Period) - Attendance: 3,890
Friday, December 3rd, 2004: Guelph Storm 2 - Barrie Colts 2 - goal scored by Matt D'Agostini (7:24 First Period) - Attendance: 4,100
Friday, December 1st, 2005: Guelph Storm 3 - Windsor Spitfires 0 - goal scored by Matt D'Agostini (4:54 Second Period) - Attendance 3,976
Friday, December 1st, 2006: Guelph Storm 1 - Erie Otters 2 - goal scored by Jamie Arniel (8:52 Third Period)- Attendance 3,850
Friday, December 7th, 2007: Guelph Storm 3 - Saginaw Spirit 1 - goal scored by Brandon Buck (13:39 Second Period) - Attendance 3,880
Friday, December 5th, 2008: Guelph Storm 3 - Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 0 - goal scored by Peter Holland (6:14 Second Period) - Attendance 3,985
Friday, December 11th, 2009: Guelph Storm 8 - Owen Sound Attack 1 - goal scored by Matt Sisca (1:13 first period) - Attendance 3579
Friday, December 10th, 2010: Guelph Storm 4 - Sarnia Sting 1 - goal scored by Richard Panik (5:54 Second Period) - Attendance: 3,978
Friday, December 9th, 2011: Guelph Storm 5 - Barrie Colts 8 - goal scored by Matt Finn (13:34 Third Period) - Attendance 3,955
Friday, December 7th, 2012: Guelph Storm 4 - Owen Sound Attack 1 - goal scored by Hunter Garlent (4:12 First Period) - 4,938
Friday, December 6th, 2013: Guelph Storm 3 - Owen Sound Attack 5 - goal scored by Robby Fabbri (8:36 Second Period) - Attendance 4,938
Friday, December 12th, 2014: Guelph Storm 4 - Owen Sound Attack 3 - goal scored by Tyler Bertuzzi (5:00 First Period) - Attendance 4,720
Friday, December 4th, 2015: Guelph Storm 4 Hamilton Bulldogs 7 - goal scored by James McEwan (5:59 First Period) - Attendance 4,068
Sunday, December 11th, 2016: Guelph Storm 4 Kingston Frontenacs 3 (OT)- goal scored by Ryan Merkley (10:09 First Period - Attendance, 4,286
Sunday, December 10th, 2017: Guelph Storm 3 Kitchener Rangers 10 - goal scored by Mason Primeau (2:40 Second Period) - Attendance, 4,536
Saturday, December 15th, 2018: Guelph Storm 6 Mississauga Steelheads 4 - goal scored by Barret Kirwin (11:28 First Period)- Attendance, 4,287
The Storm will welcome the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday afternoon for the annual teddy bear toss game at 2:00pm. Guelph will then travel to Oshawa on Sunday to face the Generals at 6:05pm before their holiday break. Guelph will then return to action in Peterborough on Saturday December 28th at 7:05pm.
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