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Guelph Storm swept out of playoff by Soo Greyhounds

The Guelph Storm’s Ontario Hockey League season came to an end Wednesday at the Sleeman Centre as they were dropped 5-1 by the Soo Greyhounds.

The result saw the Sault Ste. Marie squad sweep the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final 4-0.

The Storm surrendered four consecutive goals to Soo for the third time in the series.

The teams were tied 1-1 eight minutes into the second period before Sault Ste. Marie pulled away.

The Greyhounds scored the lone goal of the first period and led 3-1 after the second.

Michael Buchinger scored a power-play goal for the Storm with help from Brody Crane and Charlie Paquette.

Jordan D’Intino had a pair of goals for Soo while single goals were added by Brady Martin, Gavin Hayes and Owen Allard. Julian Fantino had two assists while Caeden Carlisle, D’Intino, Jacob Frasca, Bryce McConnell-Barker, Kirill Kudryavtsev and Justin Cloutier each had one assist.

The Storm outshot the Greyhounds 27-22 as they kept Soo to single digits in shots in each period. The hosts went 1-for-5 on their power play and held the Greyhounds scoreless on two power plays.

Brayden Gillespie had 17 saves for the Storm while Charlie Schenkel had 26 for Sault Ste. Marie.

The Storm finished the regular season sixth in the Western Conference at 33-28-6-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL) while Soo was third at 45-18-3-2. The locals were 21-12-2-1 in 2023 and 12-16-4-0 in 2024.

The Greyhounds advance to play the Saginaw Spirit in the Western Conference semifinals as the Spirit completed a four-game sweep of the Owen Sound Attack Wednesday.


  • Guelph Sports Journal