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Quick start leads Storm to their first win of series

GUELPH – The Guelph Storm scored twice in the first two and a half minutes of the first period and another two, both into empty nets, in the final two minutes of the game to record their first victory of their OHL Western Conference quarter-final playoff series Tuesday night at the Sleeman Centre.

Those goals helped the Storm to a 6-3 victory over the Soo Greyhounds in Game 3 of the series. Soo won the opening two games, both played in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

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The Storm led 3-1 at the end of the first period and 4-2 after the second before the Greyhounds cut the gap to a single goal in the opening minute of the third.

Ben McFarlane struck for a pair of goals for the hosts while single goals were added by Jake Karabela, Danny Zhilkin, Valentin Zhugin and Brayden Guy. Braeden Bowman and Guy each had two assists while Matthew Papais, Cam Allen, Matthew Poitras and Karabela each had one.

Scoring for the Greyhounds were Tye Kartye, Cole MacKay and Bryce McConnell-Barker. Ryan O’Rourke assisted on two of the goals while MacKay, Jordan D’Intino, Jack Thompson and Robert Calisti each had one assist.

Soo outshot the Storm 39-38 despite being outshot 15-8 in the first period. The Greyhounds went 1-for-4 on their power play while the Storm was 1-for-6.

Jacob Oster had 36 saves in the Storm net while Tucker Tynan had 32 saves for Soo.

Game 4 is set for Thursday at the Sleeman Centre starting at 7 p.m. while Game 5 is to go in Sault Ste. Marie at GFL Memorial Gardens Saturday at 7:07 p.m. If the Storm wins either of those games, Game 6 will go Monday at the Sleeman Centre beginning at 7 p.m.


  • Guelph Sports Journal