Daniel Murphy, Erie Otters shut out Guelph Storm
GUELPH – Daniel Murphy celebrated Family Day in his hometown by helping the Erie Otters shut out the Guelph Storm 4-0 in Ontario Hockey League play at the Sleeman Centre.
Guelph native Murphy stopped 28 shots for the shutout for the Otters who defeated the Storm for the second time in as many days. It was the third win of the season for Murphy, who turned 18 Sunday.
Erie scored single goals in the first and second periods before wrapping up the scoring with two goals in the third.
Chad Yetman fired home a pair of goals for Erie while Gera Poddubnyi and Owen Headrick were the other scorers. Emmett Sproule had two assists and Jack Duff, Aidan Timmermans, Hayden Fowler, Stephane Patry, Kyle Maksimovich and Poddubnyi had one apiece.
Nico Daws took the loss in his 10th game in net for the Storm this season. It was his first start at the Sleeman Centre as his previous two appearances were in relief.
The Storm outshot Erie 28-24 and won 40 of 68 faceoffs, but couldn’t score. Both teams went 0-for-2 on their power play.
The Storm is seventh in the Western Conference at 27-23-2-4. They’re two points behind the Saginaw Spirit (27-21-8-0) and three ahead of the Windsor Spitfires (26-25-3-2) who are eighth. Top eight in the conference qualify for the playoffs.
Erie is ninth at 18-29-7-3 and they’re 11 points behind the Spitfires.
It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Storm. One of the losses came in overtime and another in a shootout. They’ve also lost four of their last five home games.
The Storm have 12 games left in their regular season.
Next game for the Storm is set for Friday when they’re to host the Owen Sound Attack (29-20-2-5) at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Otters 4 Storm 0
1. Erie, Yetman (Sproule, Duff), 16:35
2. Erie, Poddubnyi (Sproule, Timmermans), 6:36
Penalty: Shoemaker Gue (cross checking), 18:52.
3. Erie, Yetman (Fowler, Patry), 2:05
4. Erie, Headrick (Maksimovich, Poddubnyi), 3:48
Penalties: Poddubnyi Erie (holding opponent’s stick), 4:32; Henry Erie (roughing), Ratcliffe Gue (roughing), 5:05; Woolley Gue (cross checking), 10:02; Patry Erie (hooking), 16:45.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Murphy (W, 28 shots-28 saves), Erie; Daws (L, 24 shots-20 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Erie 0-2; Guelph 0-2.
- Guelph Sports Journal