Slow-starting Storm doubled by Windsor Spitfires
WINDSOR – The Guelph Storm surrendered four goals in the first period as they were doubled 6-3 by the Windsor Spitfires in Ontario Hockey League play Thursday night at the WFCU Centre.
Windsor scored twice in the first four and a half minutes of the game and added two more a minute and a half apart in the final three minutes of the first period.
Windsor 6 Guelph Storm 3
The Spitfires led 4-1 at the end of the first period and the teams scored a goal apiece in each of the final two periods.
Sasha Pastujov had two goals and an assist for the Storm while Danny Zhilkin had a goal and two assists and Daniil Chayka also had two assists.
Windsor received goals from six players — Ethan Miedema, Wyatt Johnston, Kyle McDonald, Will Cuylle, Ryan Abraham and Nathan Ribau. Abraham, Daniel D’Amico and Miedema each had two assists while McDonald, Daniil Sobolev, Louka Henault, Wylie Birkett, Bronson Ride and Matthew Maggio each had one.
The Spitfires outshot the Storm 18-8 in the first period on their way to a 39-26 advantage.
Jacob Oster started in net for the Storm, but was relieved by Owen Bennett after Windsor’s second goal at 4:16 of the first period. Bennett went the rest of the way and was charged with the loss. Oster had two saves and Bennett had 18.
Kyle Downey had 36 saves to get the win in net for Windsor.
The Storm went 2-for-4 on their power play and held the Spitfires scoreless on two power plays.
The result allows Windsor (3-3-0-2) to leapfrog the Storm (3-4-1-0) and move into fifth place in the Western Conference. The Storm are sixth.
The game was the first of three in three days, the next two to be held at the Sleeman Centre.
The Storm are to host the seventh-place Owen Sound Attack (2-5-0-1) Friday at 7:30 p.m. and second-place Soo Greyhounds (6-3-0-0) Saturday at 7 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal