Hurricanes give up five in a row in loss to Stratford

STRATFORD — The Guelph Hurricanes yielded five consecutive goals as they suffered an 8-1 loss to the Stratford Warriors in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League play Friday night at the Allman Arena.

The hosts led 3-1 at the end of the first period and 7-1 after the second.

Anthony Mota scored the lone goal for the Canes at 17:26 of the first. Assists on the goal went to Lyam Cripps and Cameron Stokes.

Keaton Ratcliffe, Anthony Kotsovos and Kameron Shearer scored twice each for Stratford while single goals were added by Brock Heshka and Josh Higgins. Graham Brulotte had three assists while Jack Scanlan, Justin Graham and Heshka had two apiece.

Stratford outshot Guelph 46-25 and went 1-for-3 on the power play while the Canes were scoreless on four power plays.

Jacob Hutchings took the loss in net for the Canes. He started and faced 30 shots in the two periods he played. Nick Redman faced 16 in the third period.

Rock Boynton was the winning goaltender for the Warriors.

The win left Stratford sixth at 21-19-0-3 while the Canes are seventh at 13-28-2-1. The Brampton Bombers are eighth at 10-28-2-5 and the Brantford 99ers are ninth at 8-31-2-4.

The loss was the seventh in a row for the Canes who are to host the Kitchener Dutchmen (27-14-2-2) Saturday at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Any combination of Guelph wins and Brantford losses adding to two will secure a playoff berth for the Canes.


Stratford 8 Hurricanes 1
First Period
1. Stratford, Ratcliffe 12 (Brulotte) 7:10
2. Stratford, Kotsovos 8 (Ratcliffe, Scanlan) 13:18 pp
3. Stratford, Kotsovos 9 (Dulong, Graham) 16:18
4. Guelph, Mota 20 (Cripps, Stokes) 17:26
Penalties: Kendall Gue (tripping), 1:04; Graham Strat (slashing), 3:34; Zivojevic Gue (hooking), 12:01.
Second Period
5. Stratford, Shearer 9 (Brulotte, Heshka) 5:22
6. Stratford, Heshka 6 (Graham) 7:58
7. Stratford, Ratcliffe 13 (Smith, Garrow) 9:04
8. Stratford, Shearer 10 (Heshka, Brulotte) 11:49
Penalty: Garrow Strat (roughing), 17:17.
Third Period
9. Stratford, Higgins 6 (Scanlan) 6:06
Penalties: Lebold Strat (slashing), 1:41; Kendall Gue (cross checking), Smith Gue (shooting puck over glass gross misconduct), 3:09; Ratcliffe Strat (high sticking), 8:55.
Shots on Goal
Guelph            12-7-6–25
Stratford     17-13-16–46
Goalies: Hutchings (L, 2-6-0, 30 shots-23 saves), Redman (0:00 of third, 16 shots-15 saves), Guelph; Boynton (W, 9-7-0, 25 shots-24 saves), Brampton.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 0-4; Stratford 1-3.
Referees: Fraumeni, Petrie; Linesmen: Brown, Pope.
Attendance: 802.
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