Gameday Preview: Greyhounds travel to Guelph to face StormThursday, December 19, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
The Soo Greyhounds open up their final road trip prior to the Christmas break on Thursday night.
The Greyhounds begin their short, two-game trip in Guelph as they face the Storm for the first time this season.
Storm rookie goaltender Matthew Mancina is coming off a strong week of action in being named the Canadian Hockey League goaltender of the week. Mancina was 2-0 last week for the Storm, posting a pair of shutouts, stopping 35 shots in a 4-0 win over Owen Sound and then stopping 21 shots in a 5-0 win over the Erie Otters.
Mancina has a 9-4-1 record along with a 2.39 goals against average and .919 save percentage this season. Mancina has shared time with former Soo Greyhound goaltender Justin Nichols this season in Guelph. Nichols has a 15-3-1-0 record this season.
For the Greyhounds, Matt Murray continues to be solid with an 18-6-0-3 record. His 2.30 goals against average is second while his .928 save percentage is tops in the league.
Storm forward Brock McGinn is off to a torrid start to the season with points in 30 of his 32 games this season. McGinn has 24 goals and 50 points to lead the Storm in scoring. Scott Kosmachuk has 25 goals and 48 points. Kerby Rychel, acquired from the Windsor Spitfires along with Nick Ebert, has a goal and six points in three games with the Storm.
As a team, the Storm lead the OHL in goals with 170 through 34 games.
The Storm enter action on Thursday with a 24-7-2-1 record and 51 points. The Storm sit third in the OHL’s Midwest Division and fourth in the Western Conference. The Greyhounds are 23-8-0-3 and sit atop the West Division with 49 points and an eight-point lead over Windsor. As the West Division leaders, the Greyhounds sit second in the Western Conference.
A win Thursday night would move the Greyhounds into a tie with the Storm at 51 points.
Other games around the OHL on Thursday include (home teams listed first):
- North Bay vs. Mississauga (7 p.m.)
- Peterborough vs. Kingston (7:05 p.m.)
- Barrie vs. Sarnia (7:30 p.m.)
Puck drop in Guelph is 7 p.m.
Goals: SSM – Sergey Tolchinsky: 18; GUE – Scott Kosmachuk: 25
Assists: SSM – Sergey Tolchinsky: 37; GUE – Hunter Garlent: 30
Points: SSM – Sergey Tolchinsky: 55; GUE – Brock McGinn: 50
Penalty Minutes: Darnell Nurse: 62; GUE – Scott Kosmachuk: 56