Guelph Storm rebounds to triple North Bay

NORTH BAY – The Guelph Storm bounced back from their Saturday loss with two goals in each period for a 6-2 victory over the North Bay Battalion in Ontario Hockey League play Sunday at the North Bay Memorial Gardens.

North Bay scored both its goals in the first period.

Alexey Toropchenko connected for a pair of goals for the Storm while Barret Kirwin, Liam Hawel, Cedric Ralph and Isaac Ratcliffe also scored. Dmitri Samorukov assisted on three of the goals and single assists were awarded to Ryan Merkley, Jack Hanley, Nate Schnarr, Toropchenko, Zach Poirier and Ralph.

Brad Chenier and Justin Brazeau scored for North Bay while Adam McMaster assisted on both goals and Chenier had one assist.

North Bay outshot the Storm 36-28, but was scoreless on four power plays while the Storm was 1-for-4 on their power play.

Anthony Popovich of the Storm was the winning goalie and he had 34 saves while Christian Propp had 22 saves for the Battalion.

The win lifts the Storm’s record to 13-6-3-3, good for second in the Midwest Division. North Bay’s at 11-12-1-1, fifth in the Central Division.

The Storm is to host the Oshawa Generals (15-8-2-0) Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.


Storm 6 Battalion 2
Guelph        2-2-2–6
North Bay     2-0-0–2
First Period
1. Guelph, Toropchenko (Merkley, Hanley), 7:43
2. North Bay, Chenier (McMaster), 8:43
3. Guelph, Kirwin (Samorukov), 13:35
4. North Bay, Brazeau (McMaster, Chenier), 14:40
Penalties: Primeau NB (cross checking), 4:26; Ratcliffe Gue (hooking), 4:54; Calvas NB (interference), 5:42; Ratcliffe Gue (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct), Primeau NB (roughing, cross checking, unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct), 18:12.
Second Period
5. Guelph, Hawel (Schnarr, Toropchenko), 7:17 pp
6. Guelph, Ralph (Samorukov, Poirier), 7:40
Penalties: Brown NB (playing with broken stick), 6:53; Samorukov Gue (holding), 18:13; Lalonde Gue (cross checking), 19:24.
Third Period
7. Guelph, Ratcliffe (unassisted) 12:28
8. Guelph, Toropchenko (Samorukov, Ralph), 18:54
Penalties: Merkley Gue (roughing), Chenier NB (unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:58; Merkley Gue (unsportsmanlike conduct), Primeau NB (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:35; Bertuzzi Gue (roughing, fighting), Rose NB (fighting), 14:59.
Shots on Goal
Guelph        11-9-8–28
North Bay     16-8-12–36
Goalies: Popovich (W, 36 shots-34 saves), Guelph; Propp (L, 28 shots-22 saves), North Bay.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 1-4; North Bay 0-4.


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