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Guelph Storm overpowered at home by Windsor

GUELPH – The Guelph Storm yielded three power-play goals as they were dropped 7-1 by the Windsor Spitfires in Ontario Hockey League play Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.

The Spitfires scored a pair of goals in the first eight minutes of the game, including a power-play marker at 4:35 of the period on their way to clinching top spot in the Western Conference.

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Windsor led 3-1 at the end of the first period and added two goals in the second period despite being held to five shots on goal. The Spitfires added their final two goals in the third.

Luka Profaca scored the lone Storm goal with 3:02 to go in the first period. Cooper Walker and Brayden Guy set up the goal.

A total of 14 players picked up points for the visitors. Daniel D’Amico had two goals and an assist while Ryan Abraham had one goal and one assist. Wyatt Johnston, Josh Currie, Michael Renwick and Oliver Peer had a goal apiece while Louka Henault and Matthew Maggio each had two assists. Single assists went to Will Cuylle, Jacob Maillet, Nathan Ribau, James Jodoin, Alex Christopoulos and Daniil Sobolev.

The Spitfires outshot the Storm 25-22 and went 3-for-4 on their power play while the Storm were scoreless on five power plays.

Owen Bennett had 18 saves in net for the Storm while Mathias Onuska had 21 for Windsor.

Ethan Kowatsch, a Mississauga native who played for the Toronto Patriots of the Ontario Junior Hockey League this season and was selected by the Mississauga Steelheads in the sixth round of last year’s OHL draft, served as the Storm’s backup goaltender for the second consecutive game. He replaces Jacob Oster who was stung by a high shot midway through last Sunday’s win over the Saginaw Spirit at Saginaw.

The Storm, who can mathematically finish anywhere from second to sixth in the Western Conference (although they’re more likely to finish fourth, fifth or sixth), have four games left in their regular season. They’re to play the London Knights at London Sunday at 2 p.m. and the Erie Otters at Erie Tuesday at 6 p.m. before finishing with home games against the Kitchener Rangers next Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Windsor the following night at 7 p.m.

Windsor leads the Western Conference at 43-16-3-3 and is followed by London (37-21-5-1), Flint Firebirds (38-20-1-4), Soo Greyhounds (36-21-6-1), the Storm (32-24-5-3), Owen Sound Attack (32-25-5-3), Kitchener Rangers (28-30-3-2), Sarnia Sting (26-33-4-1), Erie (26-33-2-2) and Saginaw (23-41-1-0). London is second as the Knights are the Mid-West Division leaders and Saginaw is the only team out of the playoff race.

If the Knights at Storm finished tied for the division lead, the Storm would win the tie-breaker (and second in the division) as they’ve already clinched the season series between the two. The Storm have gained 13 points in games against the Knights while London had collected 10.


  • Guelph Sports Journal