Goalie not alone in opener versus Plymouth

Mar 23, 2012 - 05:52 EDT
Written By: Saxon, Tony

By Tony Saxon, Guelph Mercury - Garret Sparks’ learning curve takes another turn Friday night.

The Guelph Storm goaltender will see his first ever playoff action when the Storm opens its best-of-seven conference quarter-final against the Plymouth Whalers at Compuware Arena.

He won’t be alone, as 12 other Storm players will be playing in their first playoff game at this level.

“I think the only difference with playoffs is that you play the same team a lot and you kind of build a hatred for one another,” Sparks said Thursday at practice.

“Plymouth is the kind of team that is going to give you a good, consistent series and every game is going to be a new challenge, but when you’re not expected to even get here, it’s good to be here and see what you can do as good a team as Plymouth is.”

Storm coach Scott Walker knows his team is for a tough time. Plymouth is bigger, more skilled and more experienced, with a combined 216 playoff games between them. Guelph has 118.

“We know we can beat them in one game, but can they beat them over seven games, when you get the real Plymouth Whalers,” Walker said.

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PLYMOUTH-GUELPH SERIES DATES (series best four-of-seven):

Game 1 - Friday, March 23 - Guelph at Plymouth, 7:05 pm, Compuware Arena.
Game 2 - Sunday, March 25 - Plymouth at Guelph, 6:30 pm, Sleeman Centre.
Game 3 - Tuesday, March 27 - Guelph at Plymouth, 7:05 pm, Compuware Arena.
Game 4 - Thursday, March 29 - Plymouth at Guelph, 7:00 pm, Sleeman Centre.
(*) Game 5 - Saturday, March 31 - Guelph at Plymouth, 7:05 pm, Compuware Arena.
(*) Game 6 - Sunday, April 1 - Plymouth at Guelph, 6:30 pm, Sleeman Centre.
(*) Game 7 - Tuesday, April 3 - Guelph at Plymouth, 7:05 pm, Compuware Arena
 
(*) if necessary.

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Round One Rush is in effect for the first round of the 2012 post-season giving Storm fans the opportunity to enjoy the excitement of OHL Playoff hockey for only $12!

The 'Rush' is on... but don't miss your chance to buy early because if you wait until the day of the game, TICKET PRICES WILL INCREASE BY UP TO $10 PER TICKET (SEE BELOW). 

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE for all three games scheduled to be played in Guelph (Game 2, Game 4 and Game 6 (if necessary)).  Game 6 orders must be purchased by credit card until the game is deemed necessary to facilitate refunds in the event that the game is not necessary.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Guelph Storm box office in Old Quebec Street Mall, or call (519) 837-9690 to order by phone ($3.00 per order charge will apply to phone orders).  Tickets also available through Ticketmaster (standard Ticketmaster charges apply).


'ROUND ONE RUSH' 2012 PLAYOFF PRICES

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*GAME 6 "RUSH" PRICES END SATURDAY, MARCH 31ST

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