Popovich, Storm blank London Knights

GUELPH – Anthony Popovich stopped all 37 shots directed his way to earn his first OHL shutout as the Guelph Storm blanked the London Knights 4-0 Sunday at the Sleeman Centre.

It was Guelph’s first win over London since they shut out the Knights 3-0 Jan. 13, 2016, at the Sleeman Centre.

Sunday, the Storm scored twice in each of the second and third periods for the win.

Cam Hillis, Ryan Merkley, Nate Schnarr and James McEwan scored the goals while Garrett McFadden had two assists and Alexey Toropchenko, Cedric Ralph, Merkley, Liam Hawel and Matt Hotchkiss each had one.

The Storm managed 30 shots on net, but was outshot 29-19 after the first period. The hosts went 1-for-6 on the power play and shut the Knights down on their two power plays.

Joseph Raaymakers took the loss in net for London.

The win gave the Storm five of a possible six points during its three-in-three weekend.

The Storm is tied for third in the tight Midwest Division standings. The Owen Sound Attack leads at 8-4-0-2 for 18 points and are a point ahead of the Kitchener Rangers (8-6-1-0) and two ahead of the Storm (7-6-0-2) and Erie Otters (7-6-1-1). The Knights are fifth at 5-9-1-0.

The Storm is to play the Rangers at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Friday at 7:30 p.m.


Storm 4 Knights 0
First Period
No scoring
Penalties: Bench Ldn (too many men served by Duhart), Jones Ldn (roughing), 11:40; Samorukov Gue (10-minute misconduct), 17:13.
Second Period
1. Guelph, Hillis (Toropchenko), 6:05.
2. Guelph, Merkley (Ralph, McFadden), 11:31 sh
Penalties: Whittaker Ldn (goaltender interference), 9:27; Hillis Gue (slashing), 10:46.
Third Period
3. Guelph, Schnarr (Merkley, McFadden), 6:58 pp
4. Guelph, McEwan (Hawel, Hotchkiss), 10:08.
Penalties: Schnarr Gue (roughing), 3:30; Bouchard Ldn (tripping), 4:17; Bench Ldn (too many men served by Miletic), 6:24; Tymkin Ldn (cross checking), 12:41.
Shots on Goal
London     8-15-14–37
Guelph      11-11-8–30
Goalies: Raaymakers (L, 30 shots-26 saves), London; Popovich (W, 37 shots-37 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): London 0-2; Guelph 1-6.
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