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Blanking brings Guelph Storm’s season to an end

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – The defending champion Guelph Storm’s OHL season came to an end Saturday night at the GFL Memorial Arena when they were dropped 6-0 by the host Soo Greyhounds.

That win gave the Greyhounds a 4-1 victory in their best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final playoff series with the Storm, the league’s 2019 champions. The 2020 playoffs and the entire 2020-2021 season were cancelled due to the global pandemic.


Soo 6 Guelph Storm 0

The Greyhounds scored twice in each period and outshot the Storm 34-23. Soo also went 2-for-3 on its power play while the Storm were scoreless on two power plays.

Tye Kartye and Kalvyn Watson scored twice apiece for the Greyhounds, Kartye’s pair bringing his total to five goals in the series. Cole MacKay and Jack Thompson also scored while Bryce McConnell-Barker, Rory Kerins and Tyler Savard each had two assists and Thompson, Robert Calisti and Ryan O’Rourke had one each.

Samuel Ivanov had 23 saves for the shutout for the hosts while Jacob Oster had 28 saves for the Storm.

Guelph was without forwards Sasha Pastujov and Danny Zhilkin and general manager-coach George Burnett who each received two-game suspensions from an incident midway through Thursday’s game while Soo goaltender Tucker Tynan was handed a three-game suspension.

Pastujov collided with Tynan and was rewarded with a charging major and a game misconduct while Tynan responded by hitting a prone Pastujov with his blocker to earn a match penalty for roughing.

Zhilkin wasn’t penalized at the time, but was suspended for leaving the Guelph bench which also brought the suspension for Burnett.

Pastujov, the Storm’s top scorer during the regular season, was held pointless in the playoff series while Zhilkin had a goal and an assist in the four games of the series he played.

The Storm finished the regular season in fifth place in the Western Conference at 36-24-5-3 while the Greyhounds were fourth at 39-22-6-1.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal