Much of the conversation around the league is about the Canadian Junior Team invitations that were published yesterday.  Discussions and debates about who was on the list and who did not get an invitation will be discussed for a long time – who had the most input about players (ie. Kitchener Coach Steve Spott or head scout Prendergrast).

Guelph at Kitchener

The only game in action tonight features a renewed battle between highway #7 rivals.  Guelph had a great
start to the season, while Kitchener started out flat.  Kitchener has been hot recently (7 wins in their last 10 games) whereas Guelph has been reliable, but not flashy in their 5 wins in the past 10 (2 overtime losses). 
Kitchener is in fourth place with 38 points with Guelph nipping at their heels one spot below with 37 points.  

 The Rangers have kept the scores down in their games – they have the fourth lowest number of goals scored
for (79) and also have the lowest total of goals scored against (63).  Guelph is at the opposite end of the spectrum with the second highest goal total (115) and goals against total (97) that is near the middle of the league.

 Guelph has 7 players who have scored more than 20 points this season in the team’s 29 games.  Tanner Richard has only 2 goals, but leads the team in points due to his remarkable 31 assists (tied for fourth in the
league).  Second on the team in scoring is Scott Kosmachuk who has 18 goals and a total of 32 points.  Daniel Poliziani has the team high in plus minus with a +11 rating.

 Kitchener has been led offensively by Matt Puempel.  He has notched 21 goals this year for a total of 105 goals and 194 points in 170 career games over 4 seasons.  He is day to day with a shoulder injury. After Faksa (24 pts), Rieder (23 pts) and Murphy (21 pts) the offensive production drops off – Bailey, Ming and McEneny each
have 12 points this season.

This is the first time that these teams have met in the regular season this year.  They will play twice in January, thrice in February and twice in March.

This game is the Rangers’ annual teddy bear toss – so get your stuffed stuff ready !

 My prediction Guelph 3  Kitchener 2