Storm clobbered by Kitchener Rangers

GUELPH – The Guelph Storm surrendered four consecutive goals in the second period as they were hammered 10-3 by the Kitchener Rangers in Ontario Hockey League play Sunday at the Sleeman Centre.

That scoring outburst put Kitchener ahead 7-1 by the end of the second period. The Rangers had led 3-0 at the end of the first.

Mason Primeau, Givani Smith and Ryan Merkley had a goal apiece for the Storm while assists went to Merkley, Owen Lalonde, Smith and Cam Hillis.

Cole Carter had a hat trick for the Rangers while Giovanni Vallati, Adam Mascherin, Adam Liška, Riley Damiani, Greg Meireles, Jake Henderson and Jonathan Yantsis contributed single goals. Liška assisted on three of the goals while Kole Sherwood, Henderson, Guelph native Connor Bunnaman, Meireles and Mascherin each had two assists. Eric Guest, Grayson Ladd, Rickard Hugg, Joseph Garreffa and Vallati each had one assist.

Kitchener outshot the Storm 40-28 and didn’t score on its four power plays while the hosts were scoreless on their lone power play.

Anthony Popovich was charged with the loss in the Guelph net, He started and was replaced at 11:35 of the second period after Kitchener’s sixth goal. Nico Daws took over and went the rest of the way and he faced 15 shots.

Luke Richardson was the winning netminder for the Rangers.

Kitchener leads the Midwest Division at 20-10-2-0 and the Storm is second, seven points behind at 16-11-1-2. The London Knights, winners of three in a row and seven of their last 10, are third at 16-13-2-0, one point behind Guelph. The Owen Sound Attack (14-11-1-3) is fourth, two points behind London. The Erie Otters are fifth at 10-16-5-1.

The Storm has a three-in-three this weekend to wrap up the pre-Christmas part of their schedule. They’re to host the Kingston Frontenacs (16-8-3-3) Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (26-3-2-0) Saturday at 4 p.m. and play the Oshawa Generals (13-17-2-0) at Oshawa’s Tribute Communities Centre Sunday at 6:05 p.m.


Rangers 10 Storm 3
First Period
1. Kitchener, Vallati (Guest, Ladd), 7:33
2. Kitchener, Carter (Liška, Hugg), 12:39
3. Kitchener, Mascherin (Sherwood, Garreffa), 14:33
Penalties: Henderson Kit (roughing, roughing), Ratcliffe Gue (roughing), 16:56; Hillis Gue (spearing double minor), 18:11.
Second Period
4. Guelph, Primeau (Merkley, Lalonde), 2:40
5. Kitchener, Liška (Henderson), 3:46
6. Kitchener, Damiani (Bunnaman, Henderson), 11:09
7. Kitchener, Carter (Liška, Meireles), 11:35
8. Kitchener, Carter (Liška, Meireles), 17:52
Penalty: Smith Gue (slashing), 18:55.
Third Period
9. Guelph, Smith (unassisted), 1:13
10. Kitchener, Meireles (Mascherin, Sherwood), 1:58
11. Guelph, Merkley (Smith, Hillis), 6:41
12. Kitchener, Henderson (Bunnaman, Vallati), 7:12
13. Kitchener, Yantsis (Mascherin), 14:21
Penalties: Shoemaker Gue (slashing), 2:09; McHugh Kit (fighting major), Merkley Gue (slashing), Schnarr Gue (fighting major), 17:18.
Shots on Goal
Kitchener     16-13-11–40
Guelph              7-12-9–28
Goalies: Richardson (W, 28 shots-25 saves), Kitchener; Popovich (L, 31:38, 25 shots-19 saves); Daws (28:25, 15 shots-11 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Kitchener 0-4; Guelph 0-1.
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