Newcomers make their debut, but Storm dropped by North Bay
GUELPH – Despite having all three players they traded for Saturday in the lineup, the Guelph Storm suffered their third loss of the week Sunday when they were downed 5-2 by the North Bay Battalion in Ontario Hockey League play at the Sleeman Centre.
Saturday, the Storm traded a total of 15 draft picks in a trio of deals to get defencemen Markus Phillips and Fedor Gordeev and right winger MacKenzie Entwistle, all fourth-year players in the league. For all, the game was their first action with the Storm. They’ll have practise time with the team before its next outing.
The trio were a combined minus-5 on the +/- ranking and also had a total of nine shots and four penalty minutes.
North Bay scored four of its goals in the second period and the other one in the third while the Storm netted single goals in the first and third periods.
Zach Poirier and Isaac Ratcliffe had a goal apiece for the Storm while assists were awarded to Cedric Ralph and Barret Kirwin.
Brandon Coe tallied twice for North Bay while former Storm forward Mason Primeau, Matthew Struthers and Nick King also scored. Brad Chenier and Braden Henderson collected two assists apiece and Theo Calvas, Primeau, Daniel Walker, Harrison Caines and Coe each had one assist.
The Storm outshot North Bay 48-24 including a 19-6 advantage in the third period. The locals were scoreless on both of their power plays while North Bay went 1-for-2.
Former Guelph Hurricanes goaltender Christian Propp had 46 saves for the win in the North Bay net while Anthony Popvich took the loss in the Storm net. He stopped 19 shots.
Also playing for the Battalion were former Storm forwards Luke Burghardt and Luke Moncada.
The loss drops the Storm (19-12-3-4) into a tie for second place in the Midwest Division with the Owen Sound Attack (21-15-1-2). North Bay is third in the Central Division at 19-18-1-2.
The Storm are to be busy and face some tough opponents this week as they’re to play four times in six days and three of their opponents are division leaders. Next game is Tuesday when they’re to play the Midwest Division-leading London Knights (26-5-4-1) at London’s Budweiser Gardens. Game time is 7 p.m.
The Storm are also to play the Central Division-leading Niagara IceDogs (23-9-6-0) at St. Catharines Thursday night, Kitchener Rangers (17-19-3-0) at Kitchener Friday night and the East Division-leading Ottawa 67’s (29-7-3-1) at the Sleeman Centre Sunday afternoon.
Battalion 5 Storm 2
North Bay 0-4-1–5
1. Guelph, Poirier (Ralph, Kirwin), 12:39.
2. North Bay, Coe (Calvas, Chenier), 6:02
3. North Bay, Coe (Chenier, Primeau), 10:22
4. North Bay, Primeau (Walker), 12:57
5. North Bay, Struthers (Henderson, Caines), 19:20
Penalties: Burghardt NB (high sticking), 2:05; Walker NB (unsportsmanlike conduct), Calvas NB (fighting), Poirier Gue (check to the head, fighting), 14:57.
6. Guelph, Ratcliffe (unassisted) 3:50
7. North Bay, King (Henderson, Coe), 19:37 pp
Penalties: Struthers NB (delay of game), 9:22; Phillips Gue (tripping), 18:55; Entwistle Gue (slashing), 19:38.
Shots on Goal
North Bay 5-13-6–24
Goalies: Propp (W, 48 shots-46 saves), North Bay; Popovich (L, 24 shots-19 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): North Bay 1-2; Guelph 0-2.
- Guelph Sports Journal