Samorukov hat trick powers Storm to shutout win

SAGINAW – The Guelph Storm has survived to play again.

Defenceman Dmitri Samorukov and forward Nick Suzuki were involved in every Guelph goal as the Storm blanked the Saginaw Spirit 4-0 Friday night at Saginaw’s Dow Event Center to cut Saginaw’s lead in the Ontario Hockey League’s best-of-seven Western Conference final to 3-2.

Samorukov scored three of the goals and he assisted on the other one scored by Isaac Ratcliffe. Suzuki assisted on all four goals while Ratcliffe and Sean Durzi each had one assist.

Anthony Popovich stopped all 20 shots fired his way for the shutout and he really didn’t see much action after the first period. The Storm outshot the Spirit 43-20 including a 31-8 margin after the first 20 minutes of play.

Rookie netminder Tristan Lennox had 39 saves for Saginaw.

The Storm went 1-for-3 on its power play and held Saginaw scoreless on its two power plays.

The game was scoreless after the first period before the Storm scored three times in the second.

Sixth game of the series is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.



Storm 4 Spirit 0
Guelph        0-3-1–4
Saginaw     0-0-0–0
First Period
No scoring
Penalties: Domenico Commisso Gue (boarding), 6:57; Bench Sag (too many men served by Cole Perfetti), 11:52.
Second Period
1. Guelph, Dmitri Samorukov (Nick Suzuki), 5:33
2. Guelph, Isaac Ratcliffe (Dmitri Samorukov, Nick Suzuki), 15:17
3. Guelph, Dmitri Samorukov (Isaac Ratcliffe, Nick Suzuki), 17:25 pp
Penalties: Nick Suzuki Gue (high sticking), 0:23; Bode Wilde Sag (tripping), 16:20; Keegan Stevenson Gue (unsportsmanlike conduct), Hayden Davis Sag (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:59.
Third Period
4. Guelph, Dmitri Samorukov (Sean Durzi, Nick Suzuki), 1:44
Penalty: Reilly Webb Sag (holding), 5:05.
Shots on Goal
Guelph        12-14-17–43
Saginaw          12-3-5–20
Goalies: Anthony Popovich (W, 20 shots-20 saves), Guelph; Tristan Lennox (L, 43 shots-39 saves), Saginaw.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 1-3; Saginaw 0-2.


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