Storm doubled by Niagara’s late flurry
ST. CATHARINES – The Guelph Storm surrendered four goals in the third period as they suffered a 6-3 loss to the Niagara IceDogs in OHL play Thursday night at the Meridian Centre.
The teams were tied 3-3 until the final six minutes of the game when the host IceDogs netted three goals in a span of two minutes and 17 seconds to decide the game’s outcome.
Danial Singer broke the deadlock with a power-play goal with 5:53 to go. Oliver Castleman added an insurance marker 1:27 after that goal and Singer scored again 50 seconds after that one.
Akil Thomas, William Lochead and Kirill Maksimov also scored for Niagara while assists went to Liam Ham and Ben Jones with two apiece and Maksimov, Justin MacPherson and Philip Tomasino with one each.
James McEwan, Dmitri Samorukov and Liam Hawel had a goal apiece for the Storm while single assists were awarded to Tag Bertuzzi, Cedric Ralph, Cam Hillis and Ryan Merkley.
Although the Storm never led in the game, the teams had traded goals until Niagara’s final three markers.
The teams each took 35 shots in the match and Niagara went 1-for-2 on its power play while the Storm was scoreless on two power plays.
Nico Daws took the loss in net for the Storm while Stephen Dhillon was the winning netminder. It was his seventh appearance of the season and first since Dec. 17.
The Storm is third in the Midwest Division at 18-15-1-3 while Niagara is second in the Central Division at 20-11-3-2.
The Storm is to host the Owen Sound Attack (14-15-1-5) at the Sleeman Centre Friday at 7:30 p.m.
IceDogs 6 Storm 3
1. Niagara, Thomas (Ham), 8:29.
2. Guelph, McEwan (Bertuzzi), 9:25
3. Niagara, Lochead (Maksimov, MacPherson), 10:02.
4. Guelph, Samorukov (Ralph, Hillis), 14:32
Penalty: McFadden Gue (delay of game), 12:17.
5. Niagara, Maksimov (Ham, Jones), 3:19 sh
6. Guelph, Hawel (Merkley), 6:58
7. Niagara, Singer (Jones), 14:07 pp
8. Niagara, Castleman (Tomasino), 15:34
9. Niagara, Singer (unassisted), 16:24
Penalties: Constantinou Niag (hooking), 1:23; Constantinou Niag (tripping), 9:22; Ratcliffe Gue (roughing), 13:07; Schaefer Niag (interference), 19:33.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Guelph, Daws (L, 35 shots-29 saves); Niagara, Dhillon (W, 35 shots-32 saves).
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 0-3; Niagara 1-2.
- Guelph Sports Journal