Storm report: Week 7 Preview
Let me start off by informing those of you he didn't see my tweet yesterday or have yet to hear the news. Brock Beukeboom (pictured hitting Tyler Seguin) was acquired yesterday from the Niagara Ice Dogs for 3 draft picks (Oshawa’s 4th round pick in 2013, London’s 2nd rounder and Brampton’s 6th round pick in 2014). This is a step in the right direction for the Storm as they shore up some backend help and depth with the move. Beukeboom is an over aged defencemen with size and grit. You can expect him to be on the point on the PK and get some power play minutes as well. Beukeboom joins Cody McNaughton as the only 2 OA on the team this year.
Guelph is coming off a disappointing weekend. They went 1-2 last week losing at home to both the Windsor Spitfires and the Soo GreyHounds. They were able to remain undefeated on the road however with a shootout victory in London, in which Brock McGinn was the only shooter to score. Garret Sparks was pulled in both losses this past weekend and Jason DaSilva did a great job in relief in both games. It was not all bad though as Guelph got one of their injured players back in Ryan Horvat. Patrick Watling and Hunter Garlent will still be out another 3-5 weeks with their respective injuries. This weekend Guelph will also be without Andrey Pedan who on Friday will begin serving his 4 game suspension for Kicking a Soo player during last Sunday's game.
This weekend just like last will see Guelph play 3 games in 3 nights, Friday and Sunday at home and Saturday night on the road. Friday the game can be seen on SportsNet as they will carry the game for Friday Night Hockey. The Storm will play the Oshawa Generals at a special start time of 7:00PM. On Saturday Guelph will travel down the QEW to Beukeboom's old stomping grounds in Niagara to face the Ice Dogs. Sunday will see the London Knights come to town, their first visit back to the Sleeman Centre since embarrassing the Storm 8-2 in the 2nd game of the year.
Oshawa General's Friday November 2nd 7:00 pm-
Record in 2012/2013- (9-5-0-2) 1st place in the East Division.
- The Gens are coming off a 1-2 weekend as well and will be without Scott Laughton due to suspension and Lucas Lessio due to injury.
- Boone Jenner sits one point off the lead for OHL scoring behind Soo forward Nick Cousins. Look for Jenner and Biggs to lead the way in this game if Oshawa is to be successful in Guelph.
- Michael Dal Colle was drafted right behind Fabbri in this past OHL draft and has been extremely impressive putting up 9 points in 16 games.
- Oshawa will start week 7 tonight against the Peterborough Pete's. The Pete's were one of the teams who beat the General's last weekend.
Players to watch:
I've seen the General's play once this year already, it was against the Bull's. I suggest you keep an eye on Tyler Biggs. Biggs was drafted in the 1st round by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2011. He played last season in the NCAA with Miami University. He can dish out some big hits so keep you eyes on him.
Also keep an eye on Gen's rookie Michael Dal Colle. For all the Guelph fans who I've overheard ripping Fabbri You can compare the two against one another. Fabbri for the record has played very good so far this season, give him some more time and the goals will come. He is only 2 points behind Dal Colle.
@Niagara Ice Dogs Saturday November 3rd 7:00 pm-
Record in 2012/2013- (9-6-1-0) 3rd place in the Central Division.
- This game will mark the return of Brock Beukeboom in Niagara, he had to wait a whole 2 games.
- This will be the first of two meetings between these teams this year. Last year Guelph went 2-0 against Niagara and only let the Dogs score once.
- In their last 10 games Niagara has played below .500 hockey, look for the Storm to jump on the Ice Dogs early.
Player to watch:
Brett Richie is the guy to watch on Saturday night. Although is goal numbers are down from last year's pace, he has compensated by dishing the puck to his teammates. Richie's OHL career high for assists was last year when he finished with 21 and split the season between Sarnia and Niagara, he has 12 assists in 16 games this year.
London Knights Sunday November 4th 2:00 pm-
Record in 2012/2013- (8-4-0-2) tied for 3rd place in the Midwest Division.
- This game will be the 4th time these two have locked horns already this season. Guelph is 2-1 against the Knights, the most interesting fact so far between these two is that neither team has won a game on home ice.
- London is only 3 points behind Guelph to start the weekend that could change depending on the outcome of this game and the games before it.
- Kevin Raine will miss the game for London due to a suspension.
Player to watch:
Bo Horvat is the guy I will be keeping an eye on Sunday afternoon. I've only seen him play once and that was last year. Horvat is eligible for the NHL draft this year and is having a decent year with 6 goals and 5 assists in 14 games.
Predictions for the weekend:
Last week I was 0 for 2. McGinn only scored in a shootout so that doesn't count as a goal so I was wrong with that one. Jason Dickinson only scored once, I predicted he would pot 3 last weekend.
This week my first prediction is that Tanner Richard who has the second longest point streak going in the OHL and is tied for the most assists in the league will score his 3rd of the year on Friday against the Oshawa General's.
My second prediction is that Robbie Fabbri will score his first career OHL goal this weekend, he is due.
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