Late third-period goals sink Storm
GUELPH – The Guelph Storm yielded a pair of goals in the final four minutes of the contest as they were handed a 3-1 setback by the Niagara IceDogs in OHL play Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.
Ondrej Machala first goal of the season at 16:45 of the third period proved to be the winner for Niagara as it broke a 1-1 deadlock.
Johnny Corneil followed with his third of the season and second of the game as he added an insurance goal into an empty Guelph net with 1:44 to go in regulation time.
After a scoreless first period, Corneil opened the scoring for Niagara midway through the second.
Zach Poirier got that one back for the Storm with his second of the season early in the third period. Cedric Ralph and Barret Kirwin assisted on the play.
Akil Thomas, Kyle Langdon and Bradey Johnson each had one assist for the visitors.
Niagara outshot the Storm 28-25 while both teams were held scoreless on their power plays, Niagara on three and the Storm on four.
Stephen Dhillon picked up the win in net for Niagara while Anthony Popovich took the loss for Guelph.
The Storm falls to 3-4-0-1 with the loss, their second in as many games. Niagara improves to 6-2-0-0.
The Storm is to play the Sarnia Sting (7-1-0-0) Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Sarnia’s Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
IceDogs 3 Storm 1
Penalty: Tomasino Niag (slashing), 3:48.
1. Niagara, Corneil (Thomas), 9:10
Penalties: Bench Niag (too many men served by Tomasino), 1:33; Bench Niag (too many men served by Tomasino), 4:07; Bench Niag (bench minor served by Constantinou), 8:38; Poirier Gue (interference), 8:43; Bertuzzi Gue (slashing), 13:36.
2. Guelph, Poirier (Ralph, Kirwin), 2:40
3. Niagara, Machala (Langdon, Johnson), 16:45
4. Niagara, Corneil (unassisted) 18:16 en
Penalty: Poirier Gue (tripping), 7:48.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Dhillon (W, 25 shots-24 saves), Niagara; Popovich (L, 27 shots-25 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Niagara 0-3; Guelph 0-4.
- Guelph Sports Journal