Schnarr starts and finishes Storm’s win over Sarnia

GUELPH – Nate Schnarr opened and closed the scoring for the Guelph Storm as the Storm edged the Sarnia Sting 6-5 in OHL play Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.

Schnarr’s second goal with two seconds left in regulation time gave the Storm the win in a game they trailed by two at the midway point.

After Schnarr started the scoring 65 seconds into the game, Sarnia struck for three in a row including back-to-back goals by Brayden Guy in the final four and a half minutes of the first period.

The Sting led 3-1 at the end of the first period and the teams scored once each in the first eight minutes of the second before the Storm cut the gap to 4-3 by the end of the period.

A pair of goals by Isaac Ratcliffe put the Storm ahead after eight and a half minutes of the third, but Sarnia pulled even with about eight and a half minutes to go in regulation time.

Tag Bertuzzi and Cam Hillis scored the other goals for the Storm while Ryan Merkley had three assists, Schnarr had two and Keegan Stevenson, Daniil Chayka, Alexey Toropchenko, Owen Lalonde and Liam Hawel each had one.

Jacob Perreault, Sean Josling and Anthony Salinitri had a goal apiece for Sarnia while Hugo Leufvenius and Adam Ruzicka each had two assists and Mitch Eliot and Calvin Martin had one each.

Penalties proved costly for both teams as they combined to score five power-play goals, three by the Storm. The Guelph side had four power plays in the game while Sarnia had three.

The Storm outshot the Sting 43-30 including a 17-8 advantage in the third period.

Anthony Popovich had 25 saves for the win in net for the Storm while Aidan Hughes was tagged with the loss despite making 37 saves.

Overage centre Domenico Commisso was in the lineup for the Storm Friday night after being acquired from the Oshawa Generals earlier in the day. The Storm sent the Generals three draft picks – a second in 2023, a second in 2024 and a fifth in 2021.

The 6-foot, 182-pound centre from Oakville had a power-play goal and four penalty minutes in three games with Oshawa this season, his fourth full season in the league. In 223 games (regular season and playoffs) including Friday’s win, Commisso has 67 goals, 117 assists and 128 penalty minutes.

The Storm and Kitchener Rangers are tied for first in the Midwest Division, the Storm at 3-1-1-0 and the Rangers at 3-0-1-0. The London Knights are third at 3-2-0-0.

Sarnia is tied with the Windsor Spitfires for third in the West Division with identical 3-2-0-0 records.

The Storm is to play the Flint Firebirds (0-5-0-0) at Flint’s Dort Federal Event Center Saturday at 7 p.m.


Storm 6 Sting 5
Sarnia       3-1-1–5
Guelph     1-2-3–6
First Period
1. Guelph, Schnarr (Merkley), 1:05 pp
2. Sarnia, Perreault (Leufvenius, Ruzicka), 11:08 pp
3. Sarnia, Guy (Eliot), 15:43
4. Sarnia, Guy (Martin), 19:51
Penalties: Bench Sar (too many men served by Perreault), 0:50; Commisso Gue (interference), 9:20; Ruzicka Sar (cross checking), 13:25.
Second Period
5. Guelph, Bertuzzi (Stevenson, Chayka), 6:01
6. Sarnia, Josling (Ruzicka, Leufvenius), 7:18 pp
7. Guelph, Hillis (Merkley, Schnarr), 14:16 pp
Penalties: Primeau Gue (high sticking), 7:00; Poirier Gue (check from behind), 8:18; Hogue Sar (hooking), 13:02.
Third Period
8. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Schnarr, Toropchenko), 2:50 pp
9. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Lalonde), 8:28
10. Sarnia, Salinitri (unassisted) 11:35
11. Guelph, Schnarr (Merkley, Hawel), 19:58
Penalty: Guy Sar (tripping), 2:01.
Shots on Goal
Sarnia           13-9-8–30
Guelph     12-14-17–43
Goalies: Hughes (L, 43 shots-37 saves), Sarnia; Popovich (W, 30 shots-25 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Sarnia 2-3; Guelph 3-4.
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