Been here before as Storm nipped by Ottawa
OTTAWA – The Guelph Storm finds itself in a familiar place after dropping a 4-3 decision to the Ottawa 67’s Saturday in the Ontario Hockey League’s championship series at TD Place.
The win gives the 67’s a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Storm trailed the London Knights 2-0 in the Western Conference semifinals and the Saginaw Spirit 2-0 in the Western Conference final before rebounding to win both series.
Saturday, the Storm scored a pair of goals just under a minute apart in the first period to open the scoring, but Ottawa replied with four consecutive goals to shoot ahead. The Storm closed the gap to a single goal in the second minute of the third period, but couldn’t pull even.
Alexey Toropchenko scored twice for the Storm while Keegan Stevenson had the other goal. Assists were awarded to Pavel Gogolev, Sean Durzi, MacKenzie Entwistle, Jack Hanley, Cedric Ralph and Markus Phillips.
Austen Keating, Kyle Maksimovich, Tye Felhaber and Sasha Chmelevski each recorded a goal for Ottawa. Lucas Chiodo assisted on three of the goals and Chmelevski, Hudson Wilson, Lucas Peric, Marco Rossi and Alec Belanger each had one assist.
The 67’s outshot the Storm 41-36 and went 1-for-3 on their power play while Guelph went 1-for-2.
Anthony Popovich turned aside 37 shots, but took the loss in the Storm net. Michael DiPietro started in net for the 67’s and had seven saves in 14:50 before being injured and being replaced by Cedrick Andree who stopped all but one of the 27 shots he faced to get the win. DiPietro was hurt as he slid into the post as he followed the play after making a save.
The win was the 14th in a row for the 67’s who haven’t lost in the playoffs this season.
Game 3 is set for Monday at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7 p.m.
67’s 4 Storm 3
1. Guelph, Alexey Toropchenko (Pavel Gogolev, Sean Durzi), 12:59 pp
2. Guelph, Keegan Stevenson (MacKenzie Entwistle, Jack Hanley), 13:57
3. Ottawa, Austen Keating (Sasha Chmelevski, Lucas Chiodo), 19:40 pp
Penalties: Marco Rossi Ott (high sticking), 12:18; MacKenzie Entwistle Gue (tripping), 18:37; Nate Schnarr Gue (cross checking), 19:10.
4. Ottawa, Kyle Maksimovich (Hudson Wilson, Lucas Chiodo), 1:31
5. Ottawa, Tye Felhaber (Lucas Peric, Marco Rossi), 6:43
6. Ottawa, Sasha Chmelevski (Lucas Chiodo, Alec Belanger), 12:51
7. Guelph, Alexey Toropchenko (Cedric Ralph, Markus Phillips), 1:15
Penalties: Pavel Gogolev Gue (high sticking), 4:21; Kyle Maksimovich Ott (high sticking), 17:00.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Anthony Popovich (L, 41 shots-37 saves), Guelph; Michael DiPietro (14:50, 9 shots-7 saves), Cedrick Andree (W, 45:10, 27 shots-26 saves), Ottawa.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 1-2; Ottawa 1-3.
Faceoffs Won: Guelph 22; Ottawa 41.
- Guelph Sports Journal