Storm avoids upset loss with three third-period markers
GUELPH – The Guelph Storm struck for three third-period goals to avoid being upset by the Kingston Frontenacs in Ontario Hockey League play Saturday night at the Sleeman Centre.
The third-period goals lifted the Storm to a 4-2 victory, their sixth in a row, and kept the Frontenacs looking for their second win of the season.
It looked like that search might end when Kingston scored the lone goal of the first period and then added another one in the second before the Storm netted its first goal of the game late in the second.
However, three goals in a span of five minutes and four seconds in the third period allowed the Storm to secure the win.
Keegan Stevenson, Pavel Gogolev, Cedric Ralph and Josh Wainman each had a goal for the Storm while Cam Hillis assisted on three of the goals and Gogolev assisted on two. Fedor Gordeev, Ben McFarlane and Cooper Walker each had one assist.
Jordan Frasca and Zayde Wisdom tallied for Kingston while Nick King assisted on both goals and Ethan Ritchie had one assist.
The Frontenacs, who were outshot 31-21, ran into penalty problems in the third and the Storm made them pay. The hosts had three power-play goals in the game, two of them coming after King was assessed a cross-checking major and game misconduct at 4:22 of the third.
Kingston also had four players assessed penalties with 3:37 to go in the third. The Frontenacs picked up a too-many-men minor penalty while Dawson Baker and Emmett Gordon were given unsportsmanlike conduct misconducts and Lucas Rowe was sent off with an abuse-of-officials misconduct.
Kingston went 1-for-3 on its power play.
Owen Bennett had 19 saves in net for the Storm to get the win while Ryan Dugas had 27 saves in the Kingston net.
The Storm (9-4-1-2) is tied for second in the Midwest Division with the Erie Otters (9-6-1-2) while Kingston (1-14-2-1) is fifth in the East Division. The Storm and Erie trail the London Knights (10-4-1-1) in the Midwest Division.
Next up for the Storm is a pair of home games next weekend. They’re to host the Owen Sound Attack (fourth in the Midwest at 9-5-1-1) Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Saginaw Spirit (third in the West Division at 10-6-1-1) Saturday at 4 p.m.
Storm 4 Frontenacs 2
- Guelph Sports Journal