Guelph Storm prevails on Pastujov’s overtime goal
GUELPH – Sasha Pastujov’s goal 2:46 into overtime gave the Guelph Storm a 4-3 victory over the Sarnia Sting in Ontario Hockey League play Saturday at the Sleeman Centre.
The goal was Pastujov’s league-leading 18th of the season and allowed the Storm to win the game they trailed with 10 seconds left in regulation time.
Guelph Storm 4 Sarnia 3 (OT)
Matthew Poitras scored for the Storm with eight seconds to go in the third period to force overtime.
The game was the Storm’s eighth one-goal game of the season – they’re 5-1-1-1 in them — and their fifth in six games.
Sarnia had scored the only goal of the first period while the Storm rallied to take a 2-1 lead before the end of the second. The Sting shot ahead before the third period was five minutes old with a pair of goals separated by 37 seconds.
The winner by Pastujov was his second of the game while Matthew Papais scored the other goal for Guelph. Jake Karabela had a pair of assists while Ben McFarlane, Jack Harper, Poitras, Michael Buchinger and Cooper Walker each had one.
Josh Vogelsberg, Nolan DeGurse and Nolan Burke scored the goals for Sarnia while assists were awarded to Ben Lalkin, Justin O’Donnell, Alexis Daviault, Ty Voit and Nolan Dann.
The Storm outshot Sarnia 39-30 and went 1-for-3 on their power play while holding Sarnia scoreless on two power plays.
Winning netminder Owen Bennett had 27 saves for the Storm while Benjamin Gaudreau had 35 saves for Sarnia.
While Pastujov leads the league in goals scored, he’s also the league leader in points collected with 31, one more than Brandon Coe of the North Bay Battalion. Pastujov has a three-goal lead on runner-up Tye Kartye of the Soo Greyhounds who has scored a league-best 12 power-play goals.
The win pushes the Storm to second in the Western Conference at 10-6-1-1. They’re three points behind the leading London Knights (12-3-1-0) and two up on the Soo Greyhounds (10-7-0-0). Sarnia’s eighth at 6-6-3-0, four points behind the fourth-place Owen Sound Attack (8-6-1-1).
The Storm and Knights are to play Friday at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal