The Guelph Storm will be without Brock McGinn for the next two games of the OHL western conference quarter-final.
The winger, who had 28 goals during the regular season, has been suspended for a pair of tilts after the league reviewed his checking to the head major on Matia Marcantuoni in Game 1 on Friday.
Marcantuoni was hit midway through the third period and stayed in the game.
As for today's lines:
Matt Puempel-Radek Faksa-Justin Bailey
Ben Thomson-Tobias Rieder-Josh Leivo
Brent Pedersen-Matia Marcantuoni-Derek Schoenmakers
Domenic Alberga-Curtis Meighan-Eric Ming
Ben Fanelli-Frank Corrado
Ryan Murphy-Evan McEneny
Jared Gilbert-Max Iafrate
John Gibson (1-0) starts.
Scott Kosmachuk-Tanner Richard-Zack Mitchell
Chadd Bauman-Hunter Garlent-Jason Dicksinson
Tyler Bertuzzi-Robby Fabbri-Justin Auger
Patrick Watling-Ryan Horvat-Cody McNaughton
Andrey Pedan-Saverio Posa
Zac Leslie-Brock Beukeboom
Ben Harpur-Daniel Poliziani
Garret Sparks (0-1) starts.
- The Rangers plan to meet with Keli Grant, Jesse Young and Jack Moylan now that the Kitchener Dutchmen have been eliminated from the Jr. B playoffs. Expect the trio to be on-call for the OHL post-season from here on out.
- It was a bit of a gong show on and off the ice near the end of the game. Storm staff told the Guelph Mercury that fans were throwing beer and spitting toward the Storm bench. Some fans were escorted out of the Aud.
- Kitchener winger Eric Ming suffered a stinger early on and missed the first period. He returned in the second and scored in the third period.
- Guelph did what it had to do early on by outplaying the Rangers in the first period. The had more shots, chances and fight, but goalie John Gibson simply shut the door.
- That was Gibson's second career OHL shutout. He made 49 saves, 23 in the first period.
- Ben Thomson has embraced the role of playoff agitator nicely. He clearly gets under the skin of the Storm.
- I thought the line of Bertuzzi, Auger and Fabbri was the best Guelph unit in Game 1 but not nearly as effective when broken up Sunday to accommodate the absence of McGinn.
JB's top three Rangers: John Gibson, Evan McEneny, Josh Leivo