Michnac helps Mississauga nip Storm

MISSISSAUGA – Former Guelph Storm import forward Albert Michnac of the Czech Republic struck for a pair of goals to help the Mississauga Steelheads come back to edge the Storm 6-5 in Ontario Hockey League play Thursday night at the Hershey Centre.

Michnac’s second goal of the game and 19th of the season put Mississauga ahead for good at 2:05 of the third period. The Storm had scored the first two goals of the game, but Michnac’s goal early in the third gave the hosts a 4-3 lead.

That goal also touched off a scoring spree as the teams combined for five goals in the third with four of them coming in a stretch of just over five and a half minutes.

Michnac, who was selected in the second round of the 2016 CHL import draft, had 15 goals and 24 assists in 65 games with the Storm last season. He was released prior to the 2017 import draft so the Storm could pick Russian forward Alexei Toropchenko with the fourth overall pick. Michnac was then selected by Mississauga with the 37th pick of that draft. He has 19 goals and 28 assists in 39 games with the Steelheads this season.

Zach Poirier, Mason Primeau, Cam Hillis, Nate Schnarr and Isaac Ratcliffe had a goal apiece for the Storm while assists went to Mark Shoemaker, Liam Hawel, Garrett McFadden, Ratcliffe, Tag Bertuzzi, James McEwan and Hillis.

Michael Little, Owen Tippett, Nicolas Hague and Nicholas Canade scored the other goals for the Steelheads. Michael McLeod and Keean Washkurak each had two assists and Mathieu Foget, Tippett, Little, Cole Carter, Thomas Harley, Canade and Ian McKinnon had one each.

Anthony Popovich was tagged with the loss in net for the Storm. He allowed six goals on 29 shots before being relieved by Nico Daws at 6:59 of the third. Daws stopped all nine shots he faced.

Jacob Ingham made 32 saves for the win for Mississauga.

The Storm scored on their only power play and held Mississauga scoreless on four power plays.

Guelph is sixth in the Western Conference at 24-20-1-3, one point behind fifth-place Saginaw Spirit (24-19-5-0-), two ahead of seventh-place Windsor Spitfires (23-21-2-2) and three up on eighth-place Owen Sound Attack (21-19-2-5).

Mississauga is seventh in the Eastern Conference at 23-24-0-1.

The Storm is to host Owen Sound Friday at the Sleeman Centre at 7:30 p.m. and play the North Bay Battalion (fifth in East at 22-21-5-1) Sunday at North Bay at 2 p.m.


Steelheads 6 Storm 5
First Period
1. Guelph, Poirier (Shoemaker, Hawel), 6:16
2. Guelph, Primeau (unassisted), 8:29
3. Mississauga, Little (Foget, Tippett), 11:31
Penalty: Kirwin Gue (high sticking), 2:28.
Second Period
4. Mississauga, Tippett (Little), 6:23
5. Guelph, Hillis (McFadden, Ratcliffe), 7:20 pp
6. Mississauga, Michnac (McLeod, Carter), 15:02
Penalties: Michnac Miss (tripping), 7:04; Merkley Gue (tripping), 18:19.
Third Period
7. Mississauga, Michnac (McLeod, Harley), 2:05
8. Mississauga, Hague (Washkurak, Canade), 3:19
9. Mississauga, Canade (McKinnon, Washkurak), 6:59
10. Guelph, Schnarr (Bertuzzi, McEwan), 7:38
11. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Hillis), 10:42
Penalties: McFadden Gue (hooking), 8:40; McFadden Gue (holding), 18:29.
Shots on Goal
Guelph              18-8-11–37
Mississauga     8-16-14–38
Goalies: Popovich (L, 46:59, 29 shots-23 saves), (13:01, 9 shots-9 saves), Guelph; Ingham (W, 37 shots-32 saves), Mississauga.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 1-1; Mississauga 0-4.
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