Nick Suzuki nets winner in his Storm debut
ST. CATHARINES – Nick Suzuki fired home the winner in his first ever game for the Guelph Storm as his goal 2:19 into overtime lifted the Storm to a 6-5 victory over the Niagara IceDogs in OHL play Thursday night at the Meridian Centre.
Nate Schnurr had sent the game into the extra period with his goal for the Storm with seven seconds to go in regulation time.
The Storm had led 2-1 at the end of the first period and 4-3 after the second, but Niagara scored twice in the third to shoot ahead 5-4 with just over four minutes to go in the period.
MacKenzie Entwistle, Dmitri Samorukov, Liam Hawel, Isaac Ratcliffe, Schnarr and Suzuki each had a goal for the Storm while Sean Durzi had three assists in his first game with the Storm. Schnarr had two assists and Suzuki, Keegan Stevenson, Domenico Commisso and Ratcliffe each had one.
Ben Jones hit for two goals for Niagaea while single goals were netted by Kyen Sopa, Kirill Maksimov and Oliver Castleman. Akil Thomas and Jacob Paquette each had two assists while Philip Tomasino, Jones, Maksimov, Sopa, Jack Studnicka and Jason Robertson each had one.
The IceDogs outshot the Storm 44-33 including a 17-6 advantage in the third period. The Storm went 1-for-2 on their power play while Niagara went 2-for-6.
Anthony Popovich had 39 saves in the Guelph net in the win while Stephen Dhillon had 27 saves for the IceDogs.
The Storm climbs to 21-12-3-4 with the win. They’re second in the Midwest Division, eight points behind the London Knights (26-6-4-1) and two ahead of the Owen Sound Attack (22-15-1-2).
Niagara leads the Central Division at 23-9-7-0.
The Storm are to play the Kitchener Rangers (17-20-3-0) at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium complex Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Storm 6 IceDogs 5 (OT)
1. Guelph, Entwistle (Durzi, Suzuki), 0:22
2. Niagara, Sopa (Tomasino, Thomas), 6:46 pp
3. Guelph, Samorukov (unassisted), 17:07
Penalties: Commisso Gue (tripping), 2:46; Lalonde Gue (charging), 4:53.
4. Guelph, Hawel (Stevenson, Schnarr), 0:52
5. Niagara, Maksimov (Jones, Thomas), 3:13
6. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Durzi, Schnarr), 10:54 pp
7. Niagara, Jones (Paquette, Maksimov), 19:30
Penalty: Maksimov Niag (tripping), 10:32.
8. Niagara, Castleman (Paquette, Sopa), 9:46
9. Niagara, Jones (Studnicka, Robertson), 15:56 pp
10. Guelph, Schnarr (Durzi), 19:53
Penalties: Ratcliffe Gue (tripping), 6:10; Phillips Gue (interference), 7:31; Thomas Niag (tripping), 12:08; Suzuki Gue (delay of game), 15:03; Phillips Gue (high sticking), 16:59.
11. Guelph, Suzuki (Commisso, Ratcliffe), 2:19.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Popovich (W, 44 shots-39 saves), Guelph; Dhillon (L, 33 shots-27 saves), Niagara.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 1-2; Niagara 2-6.
- Guelph Sports Journal