Storm tumbles in standings with another loss
GUELPH – The Guelph Storm fell into a tie for seventh place in the Ontario Hockey League’s Western Conference standings following a 3-0 loss to the Saginaw Spirit Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.
The result allowed Saginaw to vault over the Storm and into sixth place at 29-26-8-0. The Storm’s at 28-27-5-4, tied with the Windsor Spitfires (30-28-3-2) and Windsor has a game in hand.
The eighth-place finisher will face the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the conference quarter-finals. At 53-7-2-2, Sault Ste. Marie has the best record in the league with an .859 winning percentage. Next best is .688 amassed by the Hamilton Bulldogs (41-17-3-3).
The seventh-place finisher will battle the Kitchener Rangers (42-20-2-0) in the conference quarter-finals. The Rangers will finish second in the conference as they have secured a first-place finish in the Midwest Division.
Friday, Saginaw scored once in the first period and added two empty-net goals in the final two minutes of the third.
Marcus Crawford, Blade Jenkins and Mason Kohn had a goal apiece for Saginaw while assists were awarded to Danny Katic, Aidan Prueter, D.J. Busdeker, Max Grondin, Cole Coskey and Damien Giroux.
Evan Cormier stopped 32 shots for the shutout for Saginaw.
Anthony Popovich faced 26 shots in the Guelph net and was tagged with the loss and selected second star of the game. Cormier was first star.
Saginaw didn’t have a power play in the game while the Storm was scoreless on two power plays.
The Storm has one win in their last 12 games while five of the losses came either in overtime or a shootout.
With four games to go in their regular season, the Storm will finish either sixth, seventh or eighth in the conference’s final standings. A sixth-place finish would mean a conference quarter-final against the third-place finishers, the Sarnia Sting (43-16-4-1).
The Storm are to play the Sting at Sarnia’s Progressive Auto Sales Arena Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
Spirit 3 Storm 0
1. Saginaw, Crawford (Katic, Prueter), 10:07
Penalties: Kohn Sag (high sticking), 5:11; Middleton Sag (roughing), Poirier Gue (roughing), 13:37.
2. Saginaw, Jenkins (Busdeker, Grondin), 18:00 en
3. Saginaw, Kohn (Coskey, Giroux), 18:27 en
Penalty: Kohn Sag (tripping), 7:59.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Cormier (W, 32 shots-32 saves), Saginaw; Popovich (L, 26 shots-25 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Saginaw 0-0; Guelph 0-2.
- Guelph Sports Journal