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This past weekend the Storm picked up three of a possible six points beating the Owen Sound Attack 4-2 on Friday night, then losing to the Attack 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday and falling 5-3 to the Toronto St. Michael's Majors on Sunday afternoon . Friday night in the front end of a home and home with Owen Sound the Storm broke a three game losing streak, beating the Attack in front of a home crowd of 4, 052. Ryan Parent was named the first star of the game picking up an assist and playing a solid defensive contest. Saturday night the Attack scored late in the third with the man advantage to tie the game and force overtime. Mike McLean was the lone goal scorer for the Storm in the shootout leaving the Storm winless in four shootouts this season. Sunday afternoon, the Storm played their third game in less than 48 hours traveling to Toronto to face off against the St. Michael's Majors. The Storm pressed hard in the third controlling the play and lighting the lamp twice, but could not overcome a four goal third period deficit. Currently the Storm have a record of 13-14-1-4 and sit fourth in the Midwest Division, five points behind the third place Owen Sound Attack.

Guelph Storm Grand & Toy Player of the Week (Week ending December 10th)

Michael Caruso- The Mississauga native finished the week with one goal and two assists for three points in three games and a plus two rating. Through 32 games this season, Caruso has 4 goals and 9 assists for 13 points and is tied for third on the team in plus/minus. The third-year forward started off the week with an assist on the Storm's first goal of the night Friday against the Owen Sound Attack. On Saturday night in the back end of a home and home with the Attack, Caruso recorded an assist and was a plus one in a 3-2 loss. Sunday afternoon in Toronto, the 18 year old scored his fourth goal of the season and was one of the best Storm defencemen, logging significant minutes while showing a lot of poise on an undermanned defensive unit.

Friday December 15th: Peterborough Petes at Guelph Storm, 7:30 pm The defending OHL Champion Peterborough Petes are in Guelph on Friday for the first time this season. These two teams will only face each other twice this year, with the next match up in Peterborough on Saturday, February 10th when the Storm travel to the Peterborough Memorial Centre. The Petes currently sit second in the East Division with 32 points and a record of 16-16-0-0.

Guelph Mercury "Books for Kids" Nights

Friday night the Guelph Storm host the Guelph Mercury "Books for Kids" Night. Give the gift of reading this holiday season to underprivileged children in our community by donating new, unwrapped books that are suitable for children ages newborn to 18 years old. Tables will be set up at all main arena entrances at the GSEC during the game against the Peterborough Petes. For more information contact Kim Popkey at 519-821-2022 ext. 2573.

Saturday December 16th: Guelph Storm at London Knights, 7:00 pm Saturday night the Storm travel to London to take on the Knights for the third time this season. The first two games were a home and home that saw the Knights sweep both games winning the first contest 3-1 in London and then beating the Storm 4-3 in a shootout the following afternoon. These two rivals will face against each other three more times with the next home game being Thursday, February 8th at 7:00 pm. Currently the Knights are leading the Midwest Division with 47 points and a record of 22-6-1-2 in 31 games played.

Sunday December 17th : Erie Otters at Guelph Storm, 3:00 pm The Erie Otters are back in Guelph to face off against the Storm for the second time in the last three weeks. This season the Storm have been unlucky against the last placed Otters, losing both contests by one. The first loss came in a shootout where the Storm battled back hard in the third period, forcing the game into overtime and then a shootout, but couldn't beat the Erie netminder losing 6-5. The second loss came in 12/13/2006 Page 1 of 2

Guelph when the Storm fell 2-1 despite out shooting the Otters 28-18. There are three more contests between these two teams this year. The next home game is Sunday, January 21st at 3:00 pm.

Guelph Tribune "Family 4 Pack"

For all Sunday games, including this Sunday, the Guelph Storm have introduced the Guelph Tribune $48 Family 4 Pack - over $20 worth of savings. Bring the family to any Sunday afternoon game during the 2006/07 regular season and receive four Storm family day tickets (2 adult/2 child), two large soft drinks and two large popcorn as well as two Gametime Magazines. Family packs must be purchased 48 hours in advance of the selected game. For more information call 519-837-9690.

Andrew Long Goals for Kids Presentation

With five home games remaining until the 2006/07 Christmas break, the Goals For Kids Campaign in support of the Salvation Army - a new community initiative developed by former Storm winger Andrew Long of Coldwell Banker Neumann Real Estate Brokerage - the Storm have scored 47 goals for a donation of $470 from Andrew. Several other local companies and individual fans have also joined the Goals For Kids Campaign, making it very likely that the program will raise in excess of $1,000 towards gifts for underprivileged children from the community during the holiday season. Andrew will be on hand at the Storm's final home game before Christmas on Sunday, December 17th to make the generous donation to the Salvation Army.

Through the "Goals For Kids" Program, Andrew has pledged to donate $10 for every goal scored by the Guelph Storm on home ice before Christmas. Every dollar donated through the "Goals For Kids" Program will be used to purchase and distribute gifts for underprivileged children through the Salvation Army during the upcoming Holiday Season. Individuals or companies wishing to participate in Andrew Long's "Goals For Kids" campaign by making a pledge for Storm goals scored on home ice can contact Sarah Twigger at the Guelph Storm (519) 837-9690 ext. 106 (email: [email protected]).

Rotter and Team Austria Open Tournament with Win

On day one of the IIHF World U20 Division I, Group B Championship Rafael Rotter and Team Austria skated to a 5-1 win over Italy. The Guelph Storm forward picked up a pair of assists in the victory. Rotter has led Austria in scoring at his previous three international events including the 2005 U-20's (5 points in 5 games), the 2005 U-18's (7 points in 5 games) and the 2004 U-18 (Division 1 Group A) as a 16 year-old (11 points in 5 games). Rotter has also competed at a World Junior U-20 Championship when he represented Austria in Finland in 2004 as a 16-year old and tallied 7 points at the World U-18 Championship (Division I) in 2003 as a 15-year old.

Follow the IIHF World U20 Division I, Group B Championship at IIHF - INTERNATIONAL ICE HOCKEY FEDERATION. Rotter and Team Austria's schedule is as follows: Kazakstan vs. Austria - December 12th at 4:30pm Norway vs. Austria - December 14th at 1:00pm France vs. Austria - December 15th at 1:00pm Austria vs. Great Britain - December 17th at 1:00pm

Spyke's Sport Shop is Holiday Ready

New inventory is arriving weekly at Spyke's Sports Shop in Old Quebec Street Mall. Roots and Reebok merchandise are always available and would make great Christmas gifts. The store is open at all home games and during the week from 10 am-5 pm.
 
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