Another Game 7 for Guelph Storm

GUELPH – The Guelph Storm has forced another playoff series to its limit.

Pavel Gogolev opened and closed the Storm’s scoring Sunday at the Sleeman Centre as the hosts toppled the Saginaw Spirit 5-1 to even the Ontario Hockey League best-of-seven Western Conference final at three wins apiece.

The Storm had trailed the series 3-1 before winning two consecutive games. That comeback follows a conference semifinal rally that saw them rebound from a 3-0 deficit to edge the London Knights 4-3.

Sunday, the Storm scored the only goal of the first period before getting two more goals in the second period. They added two more in the first two minutes of the third.

Jake Goldowski ruined Anthony Popovich’s bid for a shutout when he scored the lone Saginaw goal at 17:28 of the third period. Hayden Davis and Blade Jenkins assisted on that goal.

Fedor Gordeev, Nick Suzuki and Sean Durzi had the other goals for the Storm while assists went to Liam Hawel, Dmitri Samorukov and Isaac Ratcliffe with two each and MacKenzie Entwistle and Domenico Commisso with one apiece.

Popovich stopped 18 shots for the win while Tristan Lennox had 20 saves for Saginaw.

The Storm also went 1-for-3 on their power play while Saginaw was scoreless on four power plays.

The deciding game is to go Monday at Saginaw’s Dow Event Centre. Game time is 7:07 p.m.

The winner advances to the OHL’s J. Ross Robertson Cup championship series against the Ottawa 67’s who swept the Oshawa Generals in the Eastern Conference final. The 67’s are unbeaten in the playoffs as they also swept the Sudbury Wolves in the conference semifinals and the Hamilton Bulldogs in the conference quarter-finals.

If the Storm wins Monday, the OHL final is to start in Ottawa with games Thursday and Saturday. The Storm’s home games would be May 6 and May 8 with 7 p.m. game times and May 12 with a 2 p.m. start if it’s needed.

The if necessary games in Ottawa would be May 10 and May 13, both at 7 p.m.


Storm 5 Spirit 1
Saginaw     0-0-1–1
Guelph        1-2-2–5
First Period
1. Guelph, Pavel Gogolev (unassisted), 8:34
Penalties: Hayden Davis Sag (slashing), 4:31; Cedric Ralph Gue (high sticking), 14:41.
Second Period
2. Guelph, Fedor Gordeev (Liam Hawel, Dmitri Samorukov), 2:28
3. Guelph, Nick Suzuki (MacKenzie Entwistle, Isaac Ratcliffe), 7:52
Penalties: Owen Lalonde Gue (interference), 4:28; Keegan Stevenson Gue (boarding), 12:57; Damien Giroux Sag (roughing), Liam Hawel Gue (roughing), Nate Schnarr Gue (roughing), 16:22; D.J. Busdeker Sag (boarding), 19:50; Hayden Davis Sag (slashing), Nate Schnarr Gue (slashing), 20:00.
Third Period
4. Guelph, Sean Durzi (Isaac Ratcliffe, Dmitri Samorukov), 0:28 pp
5. Guelph, Pavel Gogolev (Liam Hawel, Domenico Commisso), 1:46
6. Saginaw, Jake Goldowski (Hayden Davis, Blade Jenkins), 17:28
Penalty: Damien Giroux Sag (holding), 3:34.
Shots on Goal
Saginaw      4-10-5–19
Guelph           9-8-8–25
Goalies: Tristan Lennox (L, 25 shots-20 saves), Saginaw; Anthony Popovich (W, 19 shots-18 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Saginaw 0-4; Guelph 1-3.


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