Storm a win away from Memorial Cup berth
OTTAWA – The Guelph Storm skated to the verge of a berth in the Canadian Hockey League’s Memorial Cup championship tournament Friday night.
Two goals 13 seconds apart in the first period helped spark the Storm to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa 67’s and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Ontario Hockey League’s championship series.
The OHL champion is to join the Western Hockey League champions (Prince Albert Raiders or Vancouver Giants) and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and host Halifax Mooseheads from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in this year’s Memorial Cup tournament at Halifax.
Cedric Ralph and Isaac Ratcliffe scored the two quick goals just less than two and a half minutes after Tye Felhaber had opened the scoring for Ottawa. Those goals also gave the Storm a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Storm led 2-1 at the end of the first and 4-2 after the second.
Alexey Toropchenko and Nate Schnarr scored the second-period goals for Guelph. Toropchenko, Sean Durzi, Nick Suzuki, MacKenzie Entwistle, Owen Lalonde, Liam Hawel and Keegan Stevenson each had one assist.
Felhaber netted two goals for the 67’s and Sasha Chmelevski scored the other goal. Marco Rossi and Kevin Bahl each had two assists and Lucas Chiodo had one.
The 67’s outshot the Storm 31-29 and neither team scored a power-play goal, Guelph having three power plays and Ottawa having four.
Anthony Popovich turned aside 28 shots to get the win in the Guelph net and Cedrick Andree had 25 saves for Ottawa.
Game 6 is slated for Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.
If Ottawa wins that game, Game 7 is to go at Ottawa’s TD Place Monday night.
If the Storm wins, they’ll start packing for Halifax and the Memorial Cup tournament May 17 to 26.
Storm 4 67’s 3
1. Ottawa, Tye Felhaber (Marco Rossi), 10:40
2. Guelph, Cedric Ralph (Alexey Toropchenko), 12:44
3. Guelph, Isaac Ratcliffe (Sean Durzi, Nick Suzuki), 12:57
Penalty: Sasha Chmelevski Ott (high sticking), 16:27.
4. Guelph, Alexey Toropchenko (MacKenzie Entwistle, Owen Lalonde), 3:40
5. Ottawa, Sasha Chmelevski (Marco Rossi, Kevin Bahl), 6:33
6. Guelph, Nate Schnarr (Liam Hawel, Keegan Stevenson), 12:39
Penalties: Kody Clark Ott (slashing), 1:14; Alexey Toropchenko Gue (high sticking), 1:17; Nick Suzuki Gue (slashing), Marco Rossi Ott (cross checking), 3:21; Bench Gue (too many men served by Pavel Gogolev), 4:32; Fedor Gordeev Gue (high sticking), 9:07; Nate Schnarr Gue (roughing), Kyle Maksimovich Ott (roughing), 15:11.
7. Ottawa, Tye Felhaber (Kevin Bahl, Lucas Chiodo), 11:26
Penalties: Liam Hawel Gue (interference), 3:48; Kyle Maksimovich Ott (interference), 4:50.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Anthony Popovich (W, 31 shots-28 saves), Guelph; Cedric Andree (L, 29 shots-25 saves), Ottawa.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 0-3; Ottawa 0-4.
Faceoffs Won: Guelph 29; Ottawa 36.
- Guelph Sports Journal