Guelph Storm blanked by Kitchener

KITCHENER – Luke Richardson stopped all shots fired his way as the Kitchener Rangers blanked the Guelph Storm 5-0 in Ontario Hockey League play Friday night at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium complex.

Kitchener scored once in the first period and twice in the second and third periods for the win.

Richardson stopped 31 shots for the shutout while Kitchener managed 27 shots on the Storm net guarded by Anthony Popovich.

The Storm was held scoreless on seven power plays while Kitchener scored on half of its six power plays.

Greg Meireles, Mike Petizian, Rickard Hugg, Eric Guest and Alexey Lipanov had a goal apiece for the Rangers. Joseph Garreffa assisted on two of the goals while Jack York, Michael Vukojevic, Reid Valade, Nick McHugh, Riley Damiani, Meireles, Lipanov and Justin MacPherson each had one.

The Rangers leapfrog over the Storm atop the Midwest Division. The result leaves Kitchener at 6-2-2-0 and the Storm at 6-3-1-0. Owen Sound Attack are third at 5-5-0-1.

The game was the first of a 3-in-3 weekend for the Storm. They’re to play the Attack at Owen Sound Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and host Kitchener Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.

The game was also the first of three meetings between the teams in 12 days as they’re also to play Oct. 30 at Kitchener.


Rangers 5 Storm 0
Guelph         0-0-0–0
Kitchener     1-2-2–5
First Period
1. Kitchener, Meireles (York, Vukojevic), 13:54 pp
Penalties: Poirier Gue (tripping), 5:36; Commisso Gue (cross checking), 9:08; Hawel Gue (tripping), 12:08; MacPherson Kit (interference), 17:00.
Second Period
2. Kitchener, Petizian (Valade, McHugh), 2:28
3. Kitchener, Hugg (Damiani, Garreffa), 15:44 pp
Penalties: Yantsis Kit (slashing), 8:40; Meireles Kit (check from behind), 11:21; Hanley Gue (interference), Merkley Gue (unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct), Ratcliffe Gue (roughing), Meireles Kit (unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct), 13:49; Petizian Kit (holding opponent’s stick), 16:27.
Third Period
4. Kitchener, Guest (Meireles, Lipanov), 8:13
5. Kitchener, Lipanov (MacPherson, Garreffa), 11:51 pp
Penalties: Yantsis Kit (cross checking), 2:20; Merkley Gue (hooking), Lipanov Kit (diving), 5:47; Woolley Gue (roughing, fighting), Vukojevic Kit (fighting), 10:34; Ratcliffe Gue (unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct), 14:16; Sebrango Kit (delay of game), 14:43; Schnarr Gue (unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct), Meireles Kit (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct), 19:50; Poirier Gue (unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct), 20:00.
Shots on Goal
Guelph       8-12-11–31
Kitchener     9-12-6–27
Goalies: Popovich (L, 27 shots-22 saves), Guelph; Richardson (W, 31 shots-31 saves), Kitchener.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 0-7; Kitchener 3-6.
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