Stratford’s early power sinks Hurricanes
GUELPH – The Guelph Hurricanes surrendered two power-play goals 32 seconds apart late in the opening period in a 5-1 loss to the Stratford Warriors in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League play Thursday night at the Sleeman Centre.
Stratford led 3-0 at the end of the first period before scoring the only goal of the second.
Liam Buckley had Guelph’s goal at 6:30 of the third period. Payton McLeish picked up an assist on the play.
Kaleb Pearson scored twice for Stratford while single goals were added by Jack Scanlan, Connor Gregga and Ryan Cullen. Scanlan assisted on two of the goals while single assists were awarded to Addison Macey, Ryan Nicholson, Curtis Abbott, Corson Searles and Graham Brulotte.
The Warriors went 2-for-7 on their power play and held the Canes scoreless on seven power plays.
Stratford outshot the Canes 33-17, although the teams had one shot apiece in the third period.
Trenton McGrail was charged with the loss for the Canes. He started and was replaced by Jet Greaves at 16:56 of the first period after allowing three goals on 13 shots. Greaves went the rest of the way and yielded two goals on 20 shots.
Ruan Badenhorst stopped 16 shots for the win for Stratford.
With six games to go in their regular season, the Canes can finish no higher than sixth in the Midwestern Conference. Currently they’re seventh at 11-27-1-5, good for 28 points. They trail fifth-place Brantford 99ers (13-24-2-4) by four points and lead eighth-place Brampton Bombers (12-29-1-0) by three points.
Stratford (32-10-1-1) is second, nine points behind the leading Listowel Cyclones (37-5-0-1) with six games to play. Those two teams will finish in the top two spots in the conference and both are potential opponents of the Canes in the quarter-final playoffs.
Waterloo Siskins (23-15-1-3) and Elmira Sugar Kings (25-19-0-0) are tied for third with 50 points apiece while the Kitchener Dutchmen (19-22-1-2) are fifth at 41.
Guelph is to host Waterloo Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre. The Canes have one game to go against every team in the conference except Kitchener.
Warriors 5 Hurricanes 1
1. Stratford, Pearson (Scanlan, Macey) 9:43
2. Stratford, Scanlan (Nicholson, Abbott) 16:24 pp
3. Stratford, Gregga (Searles, Brulotte) 16:56 pp
Penalties: Casey Strat (holding), 12:46; Mota Gue (head contact, head contact misconduct), 13:39; Matekovic Gue (hooking), N.George Gue (hooking), 14:26.
4. Stratford, Pearson (Scanlan) 11:06
Penalties: Molson Gue (head contact, head contact misconduct), 1:23; Macey Strat (hooking), 4:21; Sinkeldam Gue (slashing), 5:18; Boehmer Strat (roughing after whistle), McLeish Gue (hooking), 18:14.
5. Guelph, Buckley (McLeish) 6:30
6. Stratford, Cullen (unassisted) 8:33 sh
Penalties: Sinkeldam Gue (boarding, boarding misconduct), 0:50; Gregga Strat (holding), 2:42; Christner Strat (holding), 8:14; Macey Strat (cross checking), 9:59; Boehmer Strat (cross checking, inciting an opponent misconduct), 12:16; Smith Gue (goalie interference), 13:13; Brulotte Strat (roughing), 16:35.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Badenhorst (W, 17 shots-16 saves), Stratford; McGrail (L, 16:56, 13 shots-10 saves), Greaves (43:04, 20 shots-18 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Stratford 2-7; Guelph 0-7.
- Guelph Sports Journal