Early outburst helps Storm edge Kingston
GUELPH – The Guelph Storm struck for four goals in the first period, then held on to edge the Kingston Frontenacs 5-4 in Ontario Hockey League play Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.
Three of the Storm’s goals came in a wild span of 72 seconds in the first five and a half minutes of the game when the teams combined to score four goals.
Ryan Merkley opened the scoring for the hosts at 3:59 of the first, but Jason Robertson pulled Kingston even 13 seconds later. The Storm’s Cedric Ralph scored 10 seconds after that and teammate Cam Hillis extended Guelph’s lead 49 seconds after that.
Ralph and Hillis both finished the game with two goals, Ralph’s second at 7:10 of the third proving to be the game winner.
Barret Kirwin and Merkley each had three assists while Tag Bertuzzi, Dmitri Samorukov, Owen Lalonde and Isaac Ratcliffe each had one.
Tyler Burnie, Luke Drewitt and Sergey Popov added the other goals for Kingston. Assists went to Linus Nyman, Emmett Gordon, Ryan Cranford, Conor Ali, Burnie and Jakob Brahaney.
The Storm led 4-1 at the end of the first period and 4-3 after the second and they outshot Kingston 36-31. The Frontenacs scored on their only power play while the hosts were scoreless on their power play.
Anthony Popovich made 27 saves for the win in the Guelph net while Brendan Bonello made 31 saves in the Kingston net.
The result leaves the Storm second in the Midwest Division at 17-11-1-2 and Kingston second in the East Division at 17-9-3-3.
The Storm is to host the West Division-leading Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (28-3-2-0) Saturday at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 4 p.m.
Storm 5 Frontenacs 4
1. Guelph, Merkley (Kirwin, Bertuzzi), 3:59
2. Kingston, Robertson (Nyman, Gordon), 4:12
3. Guelph, Ralph (Kirwin, Merkley), 4:22
4. Guelph, Hillis (Merkley, Samorukov), 5:11
5. Guelph, Hillis (Lalonde, Ratcliffe), 18:40
6. Kingston, Burnie (Cranford, Ali), 1:27
7. Kingston, Drewitt (Burnie), 7:33
Penalty: Dunkley Kgn (high sticking), 12:33.
8. Guelph, Ralph (Merkley, Kirwin), 7:10
9. Kingston, Popov (Brahaney), 12:31 pp
Penalty: Hillis Gue (high sticking), 10:50.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Bonello (L, 36 shots-31 saves), Kingston; Popovich (W, 31 shots-27 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Kingston 1-1; Guelph 0-1.
- Guelph Sports Journal