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Western Conference Finals - Game 1 Preview: Guelph Storm at Saginaw Spirit

April 18, 2019 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Guelph Storm News Release

The Guelph Storm and the Saginaw Spirit will continue their post season on Thursday April 18th for game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in Saginaw at 7:05pm.

The Guelph Storm are now officially the fifth team in OHL history to come back from a 0-3 series deficit to win, as they defeated the London Knights in seven games in the Western Conference Semi-Finals. While the Saginaw Spirit won their Western Conference Semi-Finals after defeating the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds in six games to advance to the Western Finals.

Throughout the regular season, Guelph and Saginaw faced-off four times with the Guelph Storm owning a 2-1-0-1 record and scoring 21 goals in those games while the Saginaw Spirit owned a 2-1-1-0 record and scored 17 goals in the four games played.

HEAD TO HEAD

2019 Playoffs

GUE 0-0-0-0 SAG 0-0-0-0

2018 Playoffs

GUE 0-0-0-0 SAG 0-0-0-0

Last Five Years

GUE 0-0-0-0 SAG 0-0-0-0

Last Five Years At Guelph

GUE 0-0-0-0 SAG 0-0-0-0

Last Five Years At Saginaw

GUE 0-0-0-0 SAG 0-0-0-0

Previous Meetings This Season

TOP SCORERS

LAST 5 GAMES

MATCH UP

Guelph Saginaw

Season Record 8-3-0-0 8-2-0-0

Last 10 Games 7-3-0 8-2-0

Streak 4-0-0 1-0-0

Last Game 6-3 W @ London (2019-04-16) Final 5-0 W @ Sault Ste. Marie (2019-04-14) Final

Home Record 4-1-0-0 4-1-0-0

Away Record 4-2-0-0 4-1-0-0

Goals For 46 50

Goals Against 33 25

Power Plays 9/43 (20.9%) 8/43 (18.6%)

Power Plays - Home 5/19 (26.3%) 6/24 (25%)

Power Plays - Away 4/24 (16.7%) 2/19 (10.5%)

Penalty Killing 9/42 (78.6%) 2/38 (94.7%)

Penalty Killing - Home 5/17 (70.6%) 1/22 (95.5%)

Penalty Killing - Away 4/25 (84%) 1/16 (93.8%)

Leading Rookie Perfetti (3-3-6)

Most Penalty Minutes Isaac Ratcliffe Justin Murray

Team PIM/GM 10.2/11 12.9/10

Guelph Storm Playoff Series

Round 1: Guelph Storm vs. Kitchener Rangers - Won the series 4-0

Round 2: Guelph Storm vs. London Knights - Won the series 4-3

Saginaw Spirit Playoff Series

Round 1: Saginaw Spirit vs. Sarnia Sting - Won the series 4-0

Round 2: Saginaw Spirit vs. Sault St. Marie Greyhounds - Won the series 4-2

Players to Watch

Guelph Storm

Nick Suzuki has been on fire this post season, but especially in the last 5 games played as he's contributed 6 goals and 7 assists for 13 points bringing his playoff totals to 10 goals and 10 assists in 11 games. In game 7 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals against the London Knights, Nick scored 1 goal and added 2 assists for 3 points and was a +5 in the epic conclusion of the series.

Saginaw Spirit

Owen Tippet was acquired by the Saginaw Spirit in December and contributed 41 points in 31 regular season games with his new club. Through the post-season, Owen has scored 9 goals and 8 assists for 17 points in 10 games, however was held pointless in his last 3 games against the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds.

Upcoming Games

The Western Conference Finals Schedule:

Game 1: Guelph @ Saginaw - Thursday April 18th at 7:05pm

Game 2: Guelph @ Saginaw - Saturday April 20th at 7:05pm

Game 3: Saginaw @ Guelph - Monday April 22nd at 7:00pm

Game 4: Saginaw @ Guelph - Wednesday April 24th at 7:00pm

Game 5: Guelph @ Saginaw- Friday April 26th at 7:05pm *

Game 6: Saginaw @ Guelph - Sunday April 28th at 2:00pm *

Game 7: Guelph @ Saginaw- Monday April 29th at 7:05pm *

* If Necessary

Purchase tickets for Games 3 and 4 at: tickets.guelphstorm.com/


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