Shootout goal by Papais gives Storm win and playoff berth
GUELPH – A goal by Matthew Papais in a shootout lifted the Guelph Storm to a 4-3 victory over the Oshawa Generals in a shootout in Ontario Hockey League play Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.
Papais was the fifth shooter in the shootout for the Storm and the third to score. Two of Oshawa’s five shooters scored.
The teams had scored a goal apiece in each of the regulation-time periods. A power-play goal by the Generals with 4:32 to go in the third tied the score and sent it to overtime.
Cedric Ralph scored twice for the Storm while Eric Uba also scored. Single assists were awarded to Cam Hillis, Daniil Chayka, Josh Wainman, Martin Has and Pavel Gogolev.
Brett Neumann, Philip Tomasino and Ty Tullio each had a goal and an assist for Oshawa while Nico Gross, Lleyton Moore and Giovanni Vallati each had one assist.
The Storm outshot Oshawa 38-26, holding the Generals to less than 10 shots in each period. The Generals went 1-for-2 on their power play while the Storm were scoreless on three power plays.
Nico Daws turned aside 23 shots in the Guelph net while Jordan Kooy made 35 saves for Oshawa.
The win clinches a playoff berth for the Storm who are sixth in the Western Conference at 32-21-3-5. Oshawa is fourth in the Eastern Conference at 31-19-6-5.
The Storm have seven games to go in their regular season. They’re to play the Sarnia Sting (21-34-5-1) Sunday at Sarnia starting at 4:05 p.m.
Storm 4 Generals 3 (SO)
- Guelph Sports Journal