Storm win keeps Sarnia eighth in conference
GUELPH – The Guelph Storm scored twice in the third period to drop the Sarnia Sting 4-2 in OHL play Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.
After a scoreless first period, the teams scored twice each in the second.
While the Storm entered the game knowing they’d finish 10th in the Western Conference and out of the playoffs, the loss assured Sarnia an eighth-place finish in the conference and a playoff date with whichever team finishes first in the conference. While the Erie Otters, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Owen Sound Attack and London Knights will finish in the top four, only the Greyhounds have locked up their finishing position as they’ll be second in the conference. Either Erie or Owen Sound will finish first and the Storm will have a hand in that.
The Storm stands at 21-38-5-2 with two games to go. They’re to play at Erie Saturday night and host Owen Sound Sunday. If Erie wins Saturday’s game or it goes into overtime, the Otters will clinch first in the conference.
James McEwan’s goal at 8:25 of the third proved to be the winner Friday night. Isaac Ratcliffe and Albert Michnac scored three minutes apart in the second for the Storm while Garrett McFadden added an empty-netter with 54 seconds to go in the game.
Ryan Merkley had two assists while Givani Smith, McEwan and goaltender Liam Herbst had one apiece.
Anthony Salinitri scored both goals for Sarnia. They gave him a total of three goals and four assists in the four games between the Storm and Sting this season.
The Storm outshot the Sting 39-29 including a 16-6 advantage in the third period. Sarnia went 1-for-3 on its power play while the Storm was scoreless on four power plays.
Herbst picked up the win in net for the Storm while Justin Fazio took the loss for Sarnia.
Storm 4 Sting 2
Penalties: Samorukov Gue (hooking), 5:20; Egert Sar (charging), 18:17.
1. Sarnia, Salinitri 27 (Calvas), 4:14
2. Guelph, Ratcliffe 27 (Smith), 6:09
3. Guelph, Michnac 14 (McEwan, Merkley), 9:09
4. Sarnia, Salinitri 28 (Kyrou, Schlichting), 11:24 pp
Penalties: Bench Sar (too many men, served by Egert Sar), 3:14; McFadden Gue (cross checking), 10:04; Rymsha Sar (slashing), 18:57.
5. Guelph, McEwan 18 (Merkley), 8:25
6. Guelph, McFadden 12 (Herbst), 19:06 en
Penalties: Rhodes Gue (cross checking), 9:04; McGregor Sar (tripping), 15:13.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Fazio (L, 23-20-3-1, 38 shots-35 saves), Sarnia; Herbst (W, 14-22-4-1, 29 shots-27 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Sarnia 1-3; Guelph 0-4.
Referees: Battista, Celestin; Linesmen: McCrank, Ross.
- Guelph Sports Journal