Storm fade in third in loss to Greyhounds

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – The Guelph Storm’s weekend winning streak came to an end Sunday afternoon when they surrendered four goals in the third period to drop a 7-4 decision to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in OHL play at the Essar Centre.

The teams had been tied 1-1 at the end of the first period before the Storm shot ahead 4-3 by the end of the second period.

The loss followed 2-1 wins for the Storm over the Hamilton Bulldogs at the Sleeman Centre Friday night and over the Saginaw Spirit at Saginaw’s Dow Event Center Saturday night.

While Sault Ste. Marie trailed Sunday’s game at the end of the second period, the Greyhounds led 61 seconds into the third after scoring a pair of goals 28 seconds apart.

Barret Kirwin, James McEwan, Ryan Merkley and Dmitri Samorukov hit for a goal apiece for the Storm. Assists were awarded to Matt Hotchkiss, Merkley, Cam Hillis, Garrett McFadden, McEwan and Nate Schnarr.

Hayden Verbeek, Jack Kopacka and Boris Katchouk scored twice each for Sault Ste. Marie while Tim Gettinger had a goal and two assists. Getting one assist apiece were Verbeek, Noah Carroll, Barrett Hayton, Cole MacKay, Jacob LeGuerrier, Joe Carroll and Conor Timmins.

The Greyhounds outshot the Storm 47-37 including a 16-9 advantage in the third period. Guelph went 1-for-6 on its power play while Sault Ste. Marie went 1-for-3.

Anthony Popovich was charged with the loss in net for the Storm while the win went to Matthew Villalta of the Greyhounds.

The result leaves the Storm in a tie with the Erie Otters for third place in the Midwest Division. The Storm’s at 5-6-0-1 while Erie’s at 5-6-1-0. Sault Ste. Marie is second in the West Division at 9-2-2-0.

The Storm and Erie are to meet on back-to-back nights this week. They’re to play at the Sleeman Centre Friday at 7:30 p.m. and at the Erie Insurance Arena Saturday at 7 p.m.


Greyhounds 7 Storm 4
First Period
1. Guelph, Kirwin (Hotchkiss), 5:30
2. Sault Ste. Marie, Gettinger (Verbeek), 15:21
Penalties: Hayton SSM (holding), 2:29; Timmins SSM (interference), 8:10; Poirier Gue (interference), 12:38; Gettinger SSM (check from behind), 13:15; Samorukov Gue (check from behind), 16:25.
Second Period
3. Sault Ste. Marie, Verbeek (Carroll, Gettinger), 8:20
4. Sault Ste. Marie, Kopacka (Hayton, MacKay), 9:06
5. Guelph, McEwan (Merkley), 14:46 pp
6. Guelph, Merkley (Hillis, McFadden), 18:36
7. Guelph, Samorukov (McEwan, Schnarr), 19:11
Penalties: Howdeshell SSM (tripping), 4:36; LeGuerrier SSM (holding), 12:42; Timmins SSM (hooking), 13:18; Hawel Gue (slashing), Carroll SSM (high sticking), 17:25.
Third Period
8. Sault Ste. Marie, Katchouk (LeGuerrier), 0:33
9. Sault Ste. Marie, Verbeek (Gettinger), 1:01
10. Sault Ste. Marie, Katchouk (Carroll), 10:32 pp
11. Sault Ste. Marie, Kopacka (Timmins), 17:48 en
Penalties: Poirier Gue (check to the head, check to the head game misconduct), 9:34.
Shots on Goal
Guelph                       12-16-9–37
Sault Ste. Marie     19-12-16–47
Goalies: Popovich (L, 46 shots-40 saves), Guelph; Villalta (W, 37 shots-33 saves), Sault Ste. Marie.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 1-6; Sault Ste. Marie 1-3.
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