Storm clouted to drop another afternoon home game
GUELPH – The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds scored three goals in a span of two and a half minutes late in the second period on their way to a 7-1 drubbing of the Guelph Storm in Ontario Hockey League play Saturday afternoon at the Sleeman Centre.
It was the third consecutive home loss in an afternoon game for the Storm. They had won their first three afternoon home games.
After a scoreless first period, the Greyhounds were up 2-1 when Morgan Frost netted the first of the quick trio of goals with 5:05 to go in the second. Frost added another goal 1:41 later and former Storm defenceman Noah Carroll scored for the Hounds 49 seconds after that to give Sault Ste. Marie a 5-1 lead by the end of the period.
Isaac Ratcliffe had scored for the Storm at 9:20 of the second. Cam Hillis assisted on the goal.
Frost and Barrett Hayton, son of former Guelph Platers defenceman Brian Hayton, scored twice each for the Hounds while Ryan Roth, Noah Carroll and Joe Carroll had single goals. Noah Carroll and Mac Hollowell each had three assists while Frost had two and Hayton, Jacob LeGuerrier, Rasmus Sandin, Hayden Verbeek and Hayden Fowler had one apiece.
Sault Ste. Marie outshot the Storm 39-26 and both teams were 0-for-2 on their power plays.
Matthew Villalta was the winning netminder for the Hounds as he made 25 saves. Anthony Popovich took the loss for the Storm after stopping 23 shots in the first two periods. Nico Daws played the third and stopped nine of the 11 shots he faced.
The Storm is second in the Midwest Division at 17-12-1-2. They’re five points behind the leading Kitchener Rangers (20-11-2-0), one up on the London Knights (17-14-2-0) and four up on the Owen Sound Attack (14-12-1-4).
Sault Ste. Marie (29-3-2-0) leads the West Division and has the best winning percentage in the league at .882. Hamilton Bulldogs (20-7-3-3) are second at .697 and the Storm is tied for eighth at .572.
The Storm is to wrap up a three-in-three weekend and its pre-Christmas schedule Sunday with a game against the Oshawa Generals (14-17-2-0) at Oshawa’s Tribute Communities Centre at 6:05 p.m.
Greyhounds 7 Storm 1
Penalty: Merkley Gue (hooking), 16:38.
1. Sault Ste. Marie, Roth (Hayton, N.Carroll), 0:42
2. Sault Ste. Marie, Hayton (Hollowell, Frost), 7:26
3. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Hillis), 9:20
4. Sault Ste. Marie, Frost (N.Carroll), 14:55
5. Sault Ste. Marie, Frost (LeGuerrier, Sandin), 16:36
6. Sault Ste. Marie, N.Carroll (Hollowell, Verbeek), 17:25
Penalties: Carroll SSM (cross checking), 12:35; Ralph Gue (tripping), 13:16; Kopacka SSM (roughing), 14:17.
7. Sault Ste. Marie, J.Carroll (Fowler, N.Carroll), 11:03
8. Sault Ste. Marie, Hayton (Frost, Hollowell), 17:44
Shots on Goal
Sault Ste. Marie 16-12-11–39
Goalies: Villalta (W, 26 shots-25 saves), Sault Ste. Marie; Popovich (L, 40:00, 28 shots-23 saves), Daws (20:00, 11 shots-9 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Sault Ste. Marie 0-2; Guelph 0-2.
- Guelph Sports Journal