After a slow start, the Guelph Storm are only playing .500 hockey. Something they haven’t done for a while. They have played the fewest games at 6 and have a record of 3-3 (wins and losses). While Chris Madden has 3 wins and Craig Andersson has all three losses. It’s not that Andersson isn’t playing well, it’s just when he plays the defense thinks that they are defending for Madden, which leads to mistakes.
The other night in Owen Sound, Andersson faced 24 shots alone in the first period. And the Platers had only scored 1 goal. Over all in that game Andersson faced 43 shots turning away 40 of them. It was obvious to see that the Storm need a veteran defenseman with leadership qualities.
Ian Forbes, who has been playing great in the last few games has helped the team out incredibly on the power play as well on the penalty killing line. However, Forbes and Kevin Mitchell are the only 19 year-olds on the team that play defense.
Kevin Dallman also spent a lot of time on the penalty killing line, but he also spent quite a few minutes on the power play line.
Matt Rock who hasn’t picked up his play at all since joining the team is still struggling. Even if Rock were to pick up his game a notch or two, they still wouldn’t be able to handle the defense by themselves. John Hedberg, who was a walk on during the summer has begun to impress the coaches and fans by his heads up playing abilities. Plays well on the power play and when the team is short. Doesn’t try to be offensive like Mitchell or Dallman, but makes sure his end is covered first. Other rookies include, John Peters, Derek Hennessey. They have yet to get enough ice time to be able to accurately evaluate.
Up front the team hasn’t been very productive. Kent McDonell has 10 pts, but the rest of the team hasn’t been producing. Brent Kelly is the next player after McDonell with 6 pts. If the team wants to be good, and beat what was predicted at the beginning of the season, they need to score some more goals. They need to have a couple of games where they blast the opposing team by 6 or 8 goals. They need to get the rookies confidence up. The only rookies to score are: Andrew Brown, Aran Myers and Radek Matalik. 2 of the 3 are forwards, and the other is a defenseman. They also have Peter Flash and Colt King (who is sidelined for now with a knee injury), who both need to score that first O.H.L. goal to get them going.
The overage situation is now solved. Bob Crummer was traded to the Pete’s for a draft pick and Darryl Knight was traded to the Ice Dogs for rough and tough guy Nick Jones. Jones who had over 250 penalty minutes last year, has been sidelined with a infection in his hand that had to be drained, but it shouldn’t be long before he is back on his feet and roughing it up again.