Five in second gives Storm third win in a row

GUELPH – The Guelph Storm struck for five goals in the second period as they topped the Sudbury Wolves 5-1 Sunday at the Sleeman Centre for their third consecutive win in OHL play.

All the scoring in the game came in the middle frame as Sudbury scored its goal in the second, too. That goal was the fourth of the period and fourth in a span of four minutes and 16 seconds.

Isaac Ratcliffe had opened the scoring for the Storm at 2:20 and Cam Hillis added a power-play goal for the hosts 1:26 later. Liam Hawel added to Guelph’s lead with a shorthanded tally 1:34 after that and Maccauley Carson connected for Sudbury with his first of the season, a power-play maker that came 1:16 after Hawel’s goal.

Nate Schnarr and Hillis added the other goals for the Storm later in the period.

Ryan Merkley assisted on four of Guelph’s goals while Ratcliffe had two assists and Garrett McFadden and Hawel had one apiece.

Troy Lajeunesse and Dmitry Sokolov had assists for Sudbury.

The Storm outshot Sudbury 34-31 and went 2-for-4 on their power play while the Wolves went 1-for-8.

Anthony Popovich collected the win in net for the Storm while Marshall Frappier was tagged for the loss for Sudbury. He played the first two periods while Jake McGrath played the third and made five saves.

The win was the 10th of the season for Popovich. He had seven last season, his rookie year.

The Storm is tied for second in the Midwest Division with the Owen Sound Attack and two points behind the division-leading Kitchener Rangers. The Storm’s at 10-7-0-2 while Owen Sound has a game in hand is at 10-6-0-2. The Rangers lead at 11-6-2-0.

Sudbury is fourth in the Central Division at 6-12-4-0.

The Storm is to start a stretch of three games in four days when they’re to tangle with the London Knights (7-9-2-0) at London’s Budweiser Gardens Thursday at 7 p.m. They’re also to play the Rangers at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Friday at 7:30 p.m. and host the West Division-leading Sarnia Sting (16-3-1-0) at the Sleeman Centre Sunday at 6 p.m.


Storm 5 Wolves 1
First Period
No scoring
Penalties: Lalonde Gue (high sticking), 3:43; Pilon Sby (cross checking), Samorukov Gue (interference), 8:05.
Second Period
1. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Merkley, McFadden), 2:20
2. Guelph, Hillis (Ratcliffe, Merkley), 3:46 pp
3. Guelph, Hawel (unassisted) 5:20 sh
4. Sudbury, Carson (Lajeunesse, Sokolov), 6:36 pp
5. Guelph, Schnarr (Merkley, Hawel), 13:44
6. Guelph, Hillis (Ratcliffe, Merkley), 18:12 pp
Penalties: Baker Sby (interference), 3:08; Hotchkiss Gue (delay of game), 4:55; Samorukov Gue (high sticking), 6:14; Bench Gue (too many men, served by Schnarr), 7:19; Pilon Sby (holding), 17:23; Pezzetta Sby (slashing), 17:46.
Third Period
No scoring
Penalties: Lalonde Gue (roughing), 6:22; Shoemaker Gue (slashing), 8:10; Stevenson Gue (interference), 15:34; McEwan Gue (delay of game), 17:26; Pilon Sby (slashing), 18:52.
Shots on Goal
Sudbury     8-11-12–31
Guelph       11-18-5–34
Goalies: Frappier (L, 40:00, 29 shots-24 saves), McGrath (20:00, 5 shots-5 saves), Sudbury; Popovich (W, 31 shots-30 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Sudbury 1-8; Guelph 2-4.
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