Toropchenko helps Storm slip by Spitfires

WINDSOR — Alexey Toropchenko’s goal with just less than four minutes to go in the third period lifted the Guelph Storm to a 4-3 victory over the Windsor Spitfires in OHL play Thursday night at the Windsor Family Credit Union Centre.

The Storm hit for three consecutive goals starting 33 seconds after Windsor scored the opening goal of the game at 13:05 of the first period. However, the Spitfires pulled even with a pair of goals in the second period, the first one coming 20 seconds after Guelph’s third goal.

Toropchenko’s goal was the only goal of the third period.

The Storm led 2-1 at the end of the first period and it was tied 3-3 at the end of the second.

Liam Hawel, Nate Schnarr and James McEwan scored the other goals for the Storm while Tag Bertuzzi and Schnarr each had two assists. Getting one assist apiece were Hawel, Owen Lalonde and Garrett McFadden.

Luke Boka, Chris Playfair and Jake Smith scored for Windsor while Connor Corcoran, Tyler Angle, Luke Kutkevicius, Thomas Stevenson, Daniel D’Amico and Cody Morgan drew assists.

Anthony Popovich stopped 27 shots for the win for the Storm while his teammates fired 25 shots at the Windsor net guarded by Michael DiPietro.

The Storm went 1-for-2 on its power play and held Windsor scoreless on three power plays.

The win lifts the Storm into a three-way tie for fourth in the Western Conference with 56 points at 26-21-1-3. They’re tied with the London Knights (26-20-2-2) and Saginaw Spirit (25-19-6-0) and the Knights and Spirit each have a game in hand on the Guelph side. The Owen Sound Attack (24-19-2-5) is a point behind, but also has a game in hand on the Storm.

The Spitfires are eighth at 23-24-2-2.

The Storm has 17 games to go in their regular season. This weekend they’re to host the two teams they’re currently tied with as they’re to play Saginaw Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre and London Sunday at 2 p.m.

 

Storm 4 Spitfires 3
First Period
1. Windsor, Boka (Corcoran, Angle), 13:05
2. Guelph, Hawel (Bertuzzi, Schnarr), 13:38
3. Guelph, Schnarr (Hawel, Lalonde), 17:37 pp
Penalties: Hawel Gue (slashing), 8:42; Schiemenz Wsr (hooking), 16:01; Shankar Wsr (hooking), 19:58.
Second Period
4. Guelph, McEwan (Bertuzzi, Schnarr), 5:56
5. Windsor, Playfair (Kutkevicius, Stevenson), 6:16
6. Windsor, Smith (D’Amico, Morgan), 14:06
Penalties: Woolley Gue (hooking), 9:17; Bertuzzi Gue (hooking), 15:55.
Third Period
7. Guelph, Toropchenko (McFadden), 16:07
Penalty: Shankar Wsr (cross checking), 10:44.
Shots on Goal
Guelph         8-7-10–25
Windsor     13-14-3–30
Goalies: Popovich (W, 30 shots-27 saves), Guelph; DiPietro (L, 25 shots-21 saves), Windsor.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 1-2; Windsor 0-3.
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