Guelph Storm falls to Generals in Oshawa
OSHAWA – A pair of goals 17 seconds early in the third period helped the Oshawa Generals secure a 5-2 victory over the Guelph Storm in Ontario Hockey League play Sunday night at the Tribute Communities Centre.
The Storm had the early lead with the only goal of the first period before the Generals netted a pair of goals early in the second to shoot ahead. However, the Storm pulled even a couple of minutes later and the score remained tied for about nine and a half minutes until the Generals went ahead for good. Oshawa led 3-2 at the end of the second and cemented the win with the two quick goals in the third.
Both Guelph goals came on the power play.
Pavel Gogolev and Josh Wainman each had a goal and an assist for the Storm while other assists went to Eric Uba and Cam Hillis. Gogolev has scored in six consecutive games and has 10 goals and three assists during that stretch. That gives him 24 goals and 27 assists this season for 51 points, the most he’s collected in a single season. This is his fourth season in the league.
Serron Noel had two goals for Oshawa while Allan McShane, Brett Harrison and Ty Tullio each had a goal and an assist. Kyle MacLean assisted on three goals while Jacob Winterton had two assists and Tye McSorley had one.
The Storm were held to 12 shots in the first two periods and were outshot 32-27 in all. They also went 2-for-8 on their power play while Oshawa was scoreless on four power plays.
Owen Bennett took the loss in net for Guelph. He had 27 saves while winning goaltender Zachary Paputsakis had 25 saves.
The Storm leads the Midwest Division and Western Conference with a 19-8-1-3 record while Oshawa is third in the East Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference at 17-10-0-2.
The game wrapped up the pre-Christmas portion of the Storm’s schedule. They’ll return for a Dec. 28 game against the league-leading Peterborough Petes (23-7-1-1) at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.
That game will be the first of three games in four days for the Storm as they’re to host the Hamilton Bulldogs (14-17-2-0) Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre and play the Barrie Colts (13-13-1-1) at the Colts Centre on New Year’s Eve.
While the Storm lead the Western Conference, they can fall into a tie with both the London Knights (18-10-1-1) and Saginaw Spirit (18-10-2-2) by the time those teams begin their holiday breaks. The Knights have games against the North Bay Battalion (6-25-0-0) at North Bay Thursday and the Sudbury Wolves (18-14-1-0) at Sudbury Friday and the Spirit are to host the Sarnia Sting (15-16-0-0) Thursday.
If London wins both of its games and Saginaw wins its game, they’ll both be tied with the Storm. However, the Storm will have a game in hand on the Knights and two games in hand on the Spirit.
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- Guelph Sports Journal