Guelph is coming off a very successful weekend. They were able to defeat the Windsor Spitfires and Plymouth Whalers before losing in a shootout to the Owen Sound Attack, taking 5 of a potential 6 points. Week 4 has kicked off for a few teams already, Guelph however will not be on the ice until Friday when they take on a Midwest rival, the Erie Otters. The Storm will have Saturday off before facing the Peterborough Petes on Sunday afternoon. Both games will be played at the Sleeman Centre.
Tony Saxon from the Guelph Mercury reported yesterday that Cody McNaughton has still yet to skate with the team. That rules him out for this weekend.
Erie Otters- Friday October the 12th
Record in 2012-13 (2-3-1-1) 6pts
-This will be the first meeting between these two Midwest divisional rivals. Erie is coming off a shootout loss of their own, they were defeated by the London Knights in a shootout last Saturday.
-Erie was the worse team in the league last year. They were only able to win 10 games last year, 2 of them came against the Storm. The Otters finished the season with 26 points last year, so far this season they already have 6.
- As a result of finishing in the basement Erie received the 1st overall pick in the OHL draft. They chose Connor McDavid, who had been granted exceptional player status by the OHL. The second forward to be giving this honor, the other forward John Tavares. McDavid has lived up to the hype so far. He is tied for the team lead in points with 9, collecting 4 goals and 5 assists.
- Erie will be playing their 6th road game of the season already, their only road win came against the Peterborough Petes.
Players to watch:
The first one needs no explanation. Connor McDavid is a special player, just sit back and enjoy the show.
The other player I suggest you keep your eye on is Stephen Harper. Harper is a 2013 draft eligible player who was ranked as a B skater by Central Scouting in its September rankings. He is tied with McDavid and Connor Brown for the team lead in goals with 4.
Peterborough Petes-Sunday October the 14th
Record in 2012-13- (2-5-0-0) 4pts
-The biggest news out of Peterborough this week was the firing of GM Dave Reid. This was on the heels of the team's captain Slater koekkoek voicing some concerns with how the club was performing after a loss to the Sudbury Wolves.
-Francis Menard will play his first game at the Sleeman Centre as a vistor. He was traded this offseason by the Storm to the Petes.
-The Petes are the second worst team in the league right now just 2 points up on the 67's who won't be last for long.
-Peterborough and Guelph only play each other twice, once in Guelph (Sunday) and once in Peterborough in January.
Players to watch:
The Petes finished with the league's third worst record last year and selected Eric Cornel with the third overall pick. Cornel recently scored his first career OHL goal and will be looking to add to his totals so keep an eye on him Sunday.
If you are looking for a 2013 draft eligible player to watch on the Petes then keep your eye on Stephen Nosad. Nosad was rated a C skater by Central Scouting. Nosad is off to a slow start with only 2 points in 7 games this season.
Bold Prediction of the Week:
I went 2 for 3 last week. This week I will take a stab at two.
The first, 2013 NHL draft eligible Hunter Garlent who has started slowly on the offensive side (1G+1A) will score his second of the year this weekend.
The second, Tyler Bertuzzi who is pointless thus far in 7 games will get his first point this weekend.
This weekend the Storm should skate away with all 4 points. As a bonus, fans taking in both games will get to see the 1st and 3rd overall picks from this past years OHL draft in action.
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