Guelph Storm slips by North Bay to end their losing streak

NORTH BAY – The Guelph Storm rallied in the third period to put an end to their 10-game losing streak Thursday in Ontario Hockey League play.

The Storm scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the game for a 4-3 win, their first victory since a 5-2 victory over the Peterborough Petes Jan. 3 at the Sleeman Centre.

Thursday, the Storm scored the lone goal of the first period and the teams were tied 2-2 at the end of the second. Luke Moncada put North Bay ahead at 8:11 of the third.

Matthew Papais, Eric Uba, Fedor Gordeev and Keegan Stevenson each had a goal for the Storm while Cam Hillis and Pavel Gogolev each had two assists. Single assists were awarded to Andrei Bakanov, Josh Wainman, Jacob Roach and Uba.

Moncada finished with two goals for North Bay while Mitchell Russell scored the other goal. Brandon Coe assisted on two of the goals while Shane Bulitka and Simon Rose each had an assist.

The Storm outshot North Bay 35-20 and went 1-for-3 on their power play. North Bay didn’t score on its lone power play.

Nico Daws picked up the win with 17 saves while North Bay netminder Joe Vrbetic had 31 saves.

The Storm are third in the Midwest Division at 23-18-1-4. They’re 11 points behind the second-place London Knights (30-13-1-1), 12 behind the first-place Kitchener Rangers (28-11-5-2), one ahead of the fourth-place Owen Sound Attack (22-18-3-3) and three ahead of the fifth-place Erie Otters (20-17-2-6).

Guelph is also sixth in the Western Conference. Top eight qualify for the playoffs.

North Bay (11-33-2-0) is fifth in the Central Division and 10th and last in the Eastern Conference.

The Storm are to play the Central Division-leading Sudbury Wolves (25-21-1-0) Friday at the Sudbury Community Arena. Game time is 7:05 p.m.


Storm 4 Battalion 3
Guelph          1-1-2–4
North Bay     0-2-1–3
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