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The Guelph Storm have advanced to the OHL Finals against the Mississauga IceDogs with the J. Ross Robertson Trophy at stake and a berth in the Memorial Cup Championship...

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The Guelph Storm have advanced to the OHL Finals against the Mississauga IceDogs with the J. Ross Robertson Trophy at stake and a berth in the Memorial Cup Championship to be hosted in Kelowna, BC.

 

The two teams have never faced each other in the post-season.  Since Mississauga's entry into the OHL in 1998, the two clubs have competed in different conferences.  Neither team has made a championship appearance since Mississauga's expansion season in the OHL.

 


POST-SEASON HISTORY

 

MISSISSAUGA ICEDOGS

 

The IceDogs are in the OHL's post-season for the second time in franchise history.  Last season, the IceDogs qualified for the playoffs for the first time in team history when they were eliminated in the first round by Ottawa in five games.

 

Mississauga has earned their spot in the OHL Finals after battling through a pair of seven game series and finishing off the Toronto St. Michael's Majors in six games.  The IceDogs trailed Oshawa 2-1 in their first round series, before battling back to win the series on home ice in Game 7.  In the Conference semi-finals, Mississauga trailed the Barrie Colts 1 game - 0, 2-1 and 3-2, before winning Games 6 & 7 to wrap up the series on home ice.  Versus Toronto, the IceDogs trailed the series 1-0 and 2-1, before reeling off three straight wins to capture their first ever Bobby Orr Trophy as Eastern Conference Champs.

 

GUELPH STORM

 

The Storm have made the OHL playoffs for 12 straight seasons, the second longest current streak in the OHL.

 

Now in their 13th year, the Storm will be competing in their 4th OHL Championship series.  In 1995, the Storm made their first championship appearance, when they swept through the first two rounds before being ousted in 6 games versus Detroit.  One year later in 1996, Guelph returned to the Championship series, falling in 7 games against Peterborough.  It wasn't until 1998, that the Storm would finally enjoy their first OHL Championship, in their third attempt, when they disposed of the Ottawa 67's in 5 games on their way to the Memorial Cup Finals.

 

Like Mississauga, the Storm has won a pair of Game 7's on their way to the finals.  In round one, the Storm were pushed to the limit by the Owen Sound Attack, before winning 3-1 in the deciding game.  In the Conference semi-finals, the Storm faced the Plymouth Whalers, who were fresh off an easy five game series win over the defending Memorial Cup Champions, the Kitchener Rangers.  Despite a winless regular season versus the Whalers, where the Storm were 0-2-2-0, Guelph prevailed in four straight games to advance to their first Conference Final since 1998.  The favoured London Knights were the next obstacle in the Storm's path.  Guelph jumped ahead to a 3-1 series lead, before dropping two straight on their way to Game 7 in London.  The Storm captured the Wayne Gretzky Trophy as Western Conference Champions with a 6-3 win over London.

 

2003-04 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS

 

Sep. 21, 2003: Guelph 3 at Mississauga 7

 

Sep. 28, 2003: Mississauga 6 at Guelph 3

 


OHL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

 

Wednesday, April 28th at Guelph, 7:30 pm

 

Thursday, April 29th at Mississauga, 7:05 pm

 

Monday, May 3rd at Guelph, 7:30 pm

 

Wednesday, May 5th at Mississauga, 7:05 pm

 

Friday, May 7th at Guelph, 7:30 pm*

 

Sunday, May 9th at Mississauga, 3:00 pm*

 

Tuesday, May 11th at Guelph, 7:30 pm*

 

*Best of Seven Series - games will be played as necessary

 

 


SERIES PREVIEW - BY THE NUMBERS?

 

Guelph Storm vs. Mississauga IceDogs

 

2003/04 Season:

Overall: 2 GP - 0 W - 2 L - 0 T - 0 OTL

Home: 0-1-0-0

Away: 0-1-0-0

 

Game 1: September 21 at Mississauga - 1,430 attendance

Final Score: Mississauga 7 - Guelph 3

Shots on Goal: 52 Guelph - 25 Mississauga

PIM: 10 Guelph - 16 Mississauga

PP: 2/8 Guelph - 2/5 Mississauga

SH: none

 

Game 2: September 28 at Guelph - 3,014 attendance

Final Score: Mississauga 6 - Guelph 3

Shots on Goal: 34 Guelph - 31 Mississauga

PIM: 18 Guelph - 18 Mississauga

PP: 1/9 Guelph - 5/8 Mississauga

SH: Gue (0) - Mississauga (1) O'Sullivan

 

 

INDIVIDUAL SCORING (Head-to-Head):

GUELPH:

Martin St. Pierre           2 GP - 1 G - 3 A - 4 Pts - 2 PIM

Ryan Callahan              2 GP - 1 G - 1 A - 2 Pts - 0 PIM

Brett Trudell                 2 GP - 0 G - 2 A - 2 Pts - 2 PIM

Ryan Kitchen                2 GP - 0 G - 1 A - 1 Pts - 5 PIM

Shane Hart                  2 GP - 0 G - 1 A - 1 Pts - 4 PIM

 

MISSISSAUGA:

Brad Efthimiou             2 GP - 1 G - 4 A - 5 Pts - 2 PIM

Anthony Butera                        2 GP - 1 G - 3 A - 4 Pts - 0 PIM

Derek Lyons                 2 GP - 0 G - 4 A - 4 Pts - 2 PIM

Blair Jarrett                  2 GP - 3 G - 0 A - 3 Pts - 2 PIM

Patrick O'Sullivan         2 GP - 2 G - 1 A - 3 Pts - 2 PIM

 

PLUS LEADERS:

GUELPH:

Martin St. Pierre (+1)

Brett Trudell (+1)

Shane Hart (+1)

Ryan Kitchen (+1)

Ryan Card (+1)

 

 

MISSISSAUGA:

Derek Lyons (+2)

Cody Bass (+2)

Chris Hawley (+2)

Chris Chimienti (+2)

Anthony Butera (+2)

Mark O'Leary (+2)

Danny Revelle (+2)

 

MINUS LEADERS:

GUELPH:

Daniel Girardi (-4)

Daniel Paille (-4)

Matt Ryan (-4)

Jakub Koreis (-2)

 

MISSISSAUGA:

Adam Abraham (-1)

Ryan Stokes (-1)

Chris Curran (-1)

Dan Rudisuela (-1)

Tom Zanoski (-1)

 

PIM LEADERS:

GUELPH:
Niko Tuomi       2 GP - 6 PIM

Ryan Kitchen    2 GP - 5 PIM

Shane Hart      2 GP -4 PIM

 

MISSISSAUGA:

Nick Van Herpt 1 GP - 5 PIM

Mark O'Leary    2 GP -4 PIM

Ryan Stokes     2 GP -4 PIM

Chris Curran    2 GP - 4 PIM

 

GOALTENDING:

GUELPH:

Adam Dennis    1 GP - 11.61 GAA - 0.625 Sv%

Danny Taylor    2 GP - 4.72 GAA - 0.825 Sv%

 

MISSISSAUGA:

David Shantz   2 GP - 3.00 GAA - 0.921 Sv%

 

SPECIAL TEAMS:

GUELPH:

Powerplay: 3 for 17 (17.6%)

 

MISSISSAUGA:

Powerplay: 7 for 13 (53.8%)

 


GUELPH STORM BOX OFFICE HOURS

 

Tues April 27                9 - 8 pm

Wed April 28                Home Game #1   9 am to 9 pm

Thurs. April 29              9 am to 5 pm

Fri April 30                    9 am to 5 pm

Sat. May 1                    10 am to 4 pm

Sun May 2                    3 pm to 8 pm

Mon. May 3                  Home Game #2        9 am to 9 pm

Tues May 4                  9 am to 5 pm

Wed May 5                   9 am to 5 pm

Thurs May 6                 9 am to 8 pm*

Fri May 7                      Home Game #3 *       9 am to 9 pm

Sat May 8                     10 am to 4 pm

Sun May 9                    CLOSED

Mon May 10                 9 am to 8 pm*

Tues May 11                Home Game #4 *    9 am to 9 pm

*if necessary

 


OHL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES TICKET PRICES

 

General Lower Bowl Seating

 

 Adult                                        $22.00

 

Student /Senior                         $18.00

 

Child                                        $14.00

 

Club Seating (Sections 110-112)

 

Adult                                        $27.00

 

Student /Senior                        $23.00

 

Child                                        $19.00

 

VIP Seating

 

All Seats                                   $30.00

 

 

Pub101 Seating

 

(for reservations please call 822-4228)

 

Adult                                        $22.00

 

Child                                        $18.00

 

Tickets may be ordered in person or by phone

by calling our Box Office at 837-9690  ext. 102 or 103

 

Please note that there is a $1.75 service charge on all phone orders

 

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