Second-period goals lift Storm to victory

GUELPH – Two goals just under two minutes apart in the second period proved to be the difference as the Guelph Storm handed the Windsor Spitfires a 3-1 setback in Ontario Hockey League play Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.

The Storm scored the only goal of the first period and added two more in the second.

Guelph’s Anthony Popovich lost his bid for a shutout when Curtis Douglas scored for Windsor with 1:50 to go in the game. Jake Smith assisted on that goal.

Liam Hawel, Nate Schnarr and Barret Kirwin hit for a goal apiece for the Storm while Garrett McFadden, Ryan Merkley, Schnarr and Cedric Ralph each had one assist.

Popovich made 28 saves in the Guelph net while Michael DiPietro faced 25 shots in the Windsor net.

The Storm went 1-for-6 on its power play and held Windsor scoreless on four power plays.

The Storm improved to 22-17-1-3 with the win while Windsor fell to 22-17-4-0.

The Storm is to host the Flint Firebirds (12-26-3-1) in the first of a three-in-three weekend Jan. 26 at Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

They’re also to play the Owen Sound Attack (17-18-2-5) at Owen Sound Jan. 27 and the London Knights (25-17-2-1) at London Jan. 28.


Storm 3 Spitfires 1
First Period
1. Guelph, Hawel (unassisted) 11:59
Penalties: Ratcliffe Gue (hooking), 8:51; Douglas Wsr (slashing), 13:21; Shankar Wsr (roughing), Merkley Gue (roughing, slashing), 20:00.
Second Period
2. Guelph, Schnarr (McFadden, Merkley), 13:22 pp
3. Guelph, Kirwin (Schnarr, Ralph), 15:20
Penalties: Schnarr Gue (slashing), 8:26; Boka Wsr (cross checking), 9:50; Purboo Wsr (hooking), 12:35; Shankar Wsr (charging), 17:01.
Third Period
4. Windsor, Douglas (Smith), 18:10
Penalties: Stevenson Wsr (delay of game), 7:16; Corcoran Wsr (cross checking), Merkley Gue (slashing), 8:10; Samorukov Gue (hooking), 11:23; Bench Wsr (too many men served by Douglas), 12:21.
Shots on Goal
Windsor     17-4-8–29
Guelph       13-8-4–25
Goalies: DiPietro (L, 25 shots-22 saves), Windsor; Popovich (W, 29 shots-28 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Windsor 0-4; Guelph 1-6.
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