Kitchener uses quick start to stop Storm
KITCHENER – The Guelph Storm yielded three goals in the first period in a 4-1 loss to the Kitchener Rangers in OHL play Friday night at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
Garrett McFadden struck for the lone Guelph goal as he scored on a power play with 28 seconds to go in the first period. Ryan Merkley and Alexey Toropchenko assisted on the goal.
That goal came after Kitchener had scored three times.
Guelph native Connor Bunnaman opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the season at 3:09. Jack York and Logan Stanley also scored in the period while Eric Guest connected for the final goal at 3:48 of the third.
Nick McHugh and Giovanni Vallati each had two assists for Kitchener while Kyle Gentles, Jake Henderson, Rickard Hugg and Jonathan Yantsis each had one aassist.
The Rangers outshot the Storm 31-29 and both teams scored one power-play goal, the Storm on five power plays and Kitchener on four.
Luke Richardson picked up the win in net for the Rangers while Anthony Popovich was tagged with the loss in the Storm net.
Kitchener leads the Midwest Division at 10-6-1-0 while Guelph is fourth at 7-7-0-2.
The Storm is to play the Flint Firebirds (6-9-1-0) at Flint’s Dort Federal Event Center Saturday at 7 p.m.
Rangers 4 Storm 1
1. Kitchener, Bunnaman (Gentles, Henderson), 3:09
2. Kitchener, York (McHugh, Vallati), 10:51
3. Kitchener, Stanley (Vallati, Hugg), 17:44 pp
4. Guelph, McFadden (Merkley, Toropchenko), 19:32 pp
Penalties: Primeau Gue (tripping), 7:14; Shoemaker Gue (holding), 15:51; McHugh Kit (slashing), 18:24.
Penalties: Primeau Gue (tripping), 3:11; Hall Kit (cross checking), 6:12; Stanley Kit (cross checking), 7:06; Primeau Gue (hooking), 19:07.
5. Kitchener, Guest (Yantsis, McHugh), 3:48
Penalties: Yantsis Kit (cross checking), 6:37; Sherwood Kit (hooking), 9:59.
Shots on Goal
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 1-5; Kitchener 1-4.
Goalies: Popovich (L, 31 shots-27 saves), Guelph; Richardson (W, 29 shots-28 saves), Kitchener.
- Guelph Sports Journal