Guelph Storm surrender lead, lose to Barrie in shootout
BARRIE – The Guelph Storm squandered a pair of two-goal leads and were edged 5-4 in a shootout by the Barrie Colts in Ontario Hockey League play Saturday at Barrie’s Sadlon Arena.
The Storm scored the first two goals of the game, but Barrie had it tied 2-2 by the end of the opening period. The Storm went ahead again with two goals in the second period before the Colts scored in the first and final minutes of the third to force the overtime.
The extra five-minute period failed to produce a winner, but Barrie took the win in a shootout on a goal by Eduard Šalé.
Jake Karabela had two goals for the Storm while Max Namestnikov and Leo Serlin also scored. Braeden Bowman assisted on three of the goals while Chandler Romeo, Karabela and Michael Buchinger each had one.
Kashawn Aitcheson and Jack Brauti scored 62 seconds apart late in the first period for the Colts while their third-period goals were scored by Cole Beaudoin 47 seconds into the period and Beau Jelsma with 57 seconds to go. Šalé had three assists while Connor Punnett had two and Tai York, Bode Stewart and Riley Patterson had one apiece.
The teams took 32 shots apiece while the Storm were scoreless on two power plays and Barrie went 2-for-7 with the manpower advantage.
Brayden Gillespie made 27 saves for Guelph while Ben West had 28 for Barrie.
The result leaves the Storm at 11-8-0-1 and Barrie at 10-9-0-0.
The Storm have a pair of home games at the Sleeman Centre next weekend as they’re to host the North Bay Battalion (9-6-4-1) Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Kitchener Rangers (16-5-0-0) Saturday at 4 p.m.
It’ll be a three-in-three as they’re also to play the Sarnia Sting (9-12-0-0) Sunday at 2:05 at Sarnia’s Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
- Guelph Sports Journal