What: Guelph Storm (29-29-3-1) at Erie Otters (31-25-5-2)
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Where: Tullio Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Players to watch
Erie – C Zack Torquato (29 goals, 59 assists, 88 points), C Greg McKegg (36-43-79, 16 power-play goals), C Mike Cazzola (34-44-78), RW Anthony Luciani (33-29-62), G Adam Courchaine (11-5-0-0 record, 2.75 goals-against average, .921 save percentage, 2 shutouts in 17 games with Otters)
Guelph – RW Taylor Beck (33-48-81, 12 PPG), C Peter Holland (26-44-70), C Michael Latta (31-32-63), C Mathew Sisca (30-25-55), D Adam Comrie (13-22-35)
Erie – The Otters clinch an OHL playoff spot by earning one point or more against Guelph. The Otters also earn a spot if they don’t earn a point and Owen Sound loses to London Wednesday night. … The Otters are 11-0 at home in the second half against every team except Kitchener (0-3). … The Otters are 21-9-2-0 at home this season with two games left. … A win tonight moves the Otters into second place on the 14-year-old franchise’s single-season home wins list. … The Otters’ 31 wins is tied for sixth on the franchise’s single-season wins list. … Torquato is tied for fifth with Jason Baird (88 points in 2000-01) on the franchise’s single-season points list. Brad Boyes (90 in 2000-01) and Colin Pepperall (91 in 1997-98) are next on the list. … RW Shawn Szydlowski (19-25-44) had a career-high, 11-game point streak snapped in Sunday’s loss to Kitchener. … Torquato (third), McKegg (10th) and Cazzola (11th) rank among the OHL’s top 15 in scoring. … McKegg is tied for seventh in goals, while Cazzola and Luciani rank among the top 20. … Torquato is tied for the league lead in assists with Windsor LW Taylor Hall and Saginaw LW Jordan Skellett, a former Otter. … McKegg is tied for fourth in power-play goals. … Cazzola, McKegg and Torquato have points in six straight games and 10 of the last 11 (Cazzola nine goals, 19 points; McKegg 11 goals, 21 points; Torquato five goals, 18 points). … D Derek Holden (sore back) and RW Matthew Paton (migraines) skated in practice Tuesday. Paton is expected to play against the Storm, while Holden remains questionable. … Cazzola had five goals and nine points in last week’s three-game home stand to earn OHL player of the week consideration. … Luciani has nine goals and 11 points in the past five games. … Yogan’s four-game point streak ended Sunday. … The Otters are fifth in the league with 239 goals scored but 14th with 240 goals against. … They are seventh on the power play (21.9 percent) but 17th on the penalty kill (77.4).
Guelph – The eighth-place Storm are one point ahead of Owen Sound (with two games in hand) in the battle for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot. … The traditionally staunch Storm defense has fallen to 15th in the league with 241 goals against. … Holland ranks among the top 20 in scoring. … The Storm have lost three of four meetings with the Otters in the six-game season series (0-2-1-0). … They have lost straight games in Erie dating back to the 2007-08 season.
Up next: at Kitchener (Friday, 7:30 p.m.), at Owen Sound (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.)
- Victor Fernandes