Storm silent until third in loss to London
LONDON – By the time the Guelph Storm scored in their Ontario Hockey League match against the London Knights Thursday at Budweiser Gardens, they were too far behind to recover.
The Storm went scoreless through the first two periods in an 8-2 loss to the Knights.
London had scored twice in the first period and three times in the second.
The Knights outshot the Storm 44-28 and went 1-for-4 on their power play while the Storm was scoreless on its only power play.
James McEwan scored in the second minute of the third for the Storm while Nick Deakin-Poot added the other goal with 50 seconds to go. Givani Smith picked up an assist on McEwan’s goal.
Sam Miletic and J.J. Piccinich hit for two goals apiece for London while single goals were added by Owen MacDonald, Olli Juolevi, Victor Mete and Josh Nelson. Evan Bouchard, Robert Thomas and Miletic each had two assists.
Liam Herbst took the loss in net for the Storm while Tyler Parsons was the winner for London.
The Storm has six games to go in the regular season and five of those are to be played at the Sleeman Centre. They’re to host the Saginaw Spirit Friday at 7:30 p.m. and London Sunday at 2 p.m.
Thursday’s loss assured the Storm of a 10th-place finish in the Western Conference. They’re at 20-36-4-2 for the season.
The Storm is also likely to get the second overall pick in the annual draft which is set for April 8.
Knights 8 Storm 2
1. London, MacDonald 16 (Miletic, Mattinen), 6:18
2. London, Juolevi 9 (Bouchard, Pu), 16:11 pp
Penalties: Smith Gue (instigator, fighting, instigating misconduct), Carbonara Ldn (fighting), 3:24; Hawel Gue (slashing), 7:31; Samorukov Gue (tripping), 15:22.
3. London, Mete 15 (Stephens, Formenton), 13:51
4. London, Miletic 32 (Piccinich), 14:01
5. London, Piccinich 23 (Vande Sompel, Thomas), 18:04
Penalty: Crawley Ldn (hooking), 1:31.
6. Guelph, McEwan 17 (Smith), 1:26
7. London, Miletic 33 (MacDonald), 11:35
8. London, Piccinich 24 (Miletic, Thomas), 15:22
9. London, Nelson 4 (Bouchard, Foudy), 18:52
10. Guelph, Deakin-Poot 7 (unassisted) 19:10
Penalties: Deakin-Poot Gue (hooking), 9:07; Hotchkiss Gue (instigator, fighting, game misconduct instigating in last five minutes), Crawley Ldn (boarding, fighting), 18:28.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Herbst (L, 13-21-4-1, 44 shots-36 saves), Guelph; Parsons (W, 19-5-2-3, 28 shots-26 saves), London.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 0-1; London 1-4.
Referees: Hutchison, Monette; Linesmen: Hastings, Horan.
- Guelph Sports Journal