Sorry for the long lay off Storm fans. I was transitioning back to work from my parental leave. But that's enough about that.
This week the Storm face the 3 bottom teams in the East. They will have to do it without their captain Matt Finn who is experiencing mono symptoms again. I have heard that he will likely only miss this weekend.
The Storm traveled to Peterborough to take on the Pete's last night. Brock McGinn scored a couple goals in the Storm's 5-3 victory. With the win the Storm are 1 point behind division rivals, the Kitchener Rangers and sit in 5th place in the conference and 4th in the Midwest.
With Andrey Pedan's goal tonight he reached double digits becoming the 7th Guelph player with at least 10 goals. The others are Kosmachuk (21), Mitchell (17), Dickinson (15), Auger (14), McGinn (13), and fellow defenceman Matt FInn (11). After tonights game the Storm have now scored 160 times this year. The only team to have scored more goals are the London Knight's.
Friday January 18th @ Ottawa 67's at 7:30pm
Record: 12-30-0-3 last in the league
-Ottawa is currently on a 3 game losing streak and in there only other meeting this year they lost to Guelph 7-5. I don't see the 67's scoring 5 again as Keegan Wilson will not be in net for Guelph this time (released). Although they may get to see former teammate Michael Nishi.
-At the OHL trade deadline the 67's were sellers as expected sending Cody Ceci, Steven Janes, Tyler Graovac, and Remy Giftopolous to 3 different teams (OS/BEL/WSR). They got a very good return from Owen Sound (Ceci and Janes deal), getting back Joesph Blandisi and rookie d-man Jake Middleton.
-Top draft prospect Sean Monahan continues to put up points despite losing his line mates again. Monahan has 49 points in 35 games so far and leads the team in points.
Players to Watch:
Sean Monahan is the guy to watch, for a few reasons. The first is that he will likely be the 1st OHL player drafted in the NHL draft later this year in June. He was ranked 4th by Central Scouting among North American players. He is a highly skilled player that continues to score despite losing his line mates from last year Tyler Toffoli and Shane Prince, both graduated to the AHL and this years, Tyler Graovac via trade. The second, Guelph fans didn't get to see Sean earlier in the year when Ottawa traveled to Guelph in their only appearance at the Sleeman Centre because Monahan was serving a 10 game suspension.
The other player to keep an eye is rookie Dante Salituro. Salituro had 3 assists against the Storm the last time these two teams locked horns. Look for Dante to chip in again offensively as he will be getting even more ice time now with some of the veterans gone.
Sunday January 20th @ Kingston Frontenac's at 6:00pm
Record: 20-20-2-0 8th in the East.
-Kingston looks like they will make the playoffs this year baring a major collapse. Peterborough is in 9th 11 points behind the Fronts and Kingston has 2 games in hand on the Pete's. If Kingston hangs onto 8th place it will be the 1st time they will make the playoffs since the 2010-2011 season.
-Kingston is currently on a 3 game losing streak. They will welcome the Owen Sound Attack tonight and could do Guelph a huge favor if they can upset the Attack. The Storm trail Owen Sound by 3 points in the standings.
-In there only other meeting this year (last Sunday) Guelph defeated Kingston 4-1. Posa and Richard had 2 assists each for the Storm and Jason Dickinson had a goal and an assist. Ryan Kujawinski scored the Fronts only goal of the game.
Player to watch:
Keep your eyes on Ryan Kujawinski who was recently ranked 69th amongst North American skaters only 2 spots ahead of Storm forward Justin Auger (Auger is in his 2nd year of draft eligibility). Coming into the season many had high hopes for Ryan as he and Billy Jenkins showed great chemistry to finish the season last year. Kujawinski was acquired from Sarnia via trade, Ryan had 30 points in 30 games. It looked like Kujawinski would be a 1st round pick in the NHL draft later this year but a long scoring slump has pushed Ryan out of that accomplishment, for now. The big knock against Ryan is he is sometimes inconsistent and that long scoring slump demonstrated just that. However Kujawinski is back to scoring again. He is almost back to his point a game production (35 PTS in 42 GP).
Predictions for the Weekend: (Friday and Sunday's games only)
1. Saverio Posa will score his first of the year and first as a member of the Storm. Call me crazy but I just have a feeling.
2. Hunter Garlent will score his 9th of the year. I'll lean towards him scoring against Kingston again.
3. Again call me a glutton for punishment but I'll take Daniel Polizani to score either Friday or Sunday night. He currently has one goal on the year.
Thanks for reading, as always if you have any questions or want to hear from a certain player let me know via Twitter and I will get it done. You can follow me @ChrisMcDonald91.