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Storm continues to search for first home win of 2022

GUELPH – Guelph Storm’s first home victory of 2022 is proving to be quite elusive.

The Storm grabbed an early lead with three goals in a span of two minutes and 44 seconds late in the first period, but couldn’t hold on as they were edged by the Flint Firebirds 5-4 in overtime in Ontario Hockey League play Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.


Flint 5 Guelph Storm 4 (OT)

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The Storm have suffered six consecutive losses at the Sleeman Centre, two in overtime (both to Flint), since Dec. 18 when they scored a 4-1 win over the London Knights. All have been close with four of the setbacks by a single goal and the other two by two goals, both with an empty-netter for the visitors.

Friday, the Storm led 3-0 at the end of the first period and 4-3 after the second, but a goal by Flint’s Riley Piercey with 3:40 to go in regulation time forced the overtime. Coulson Pitre gave the Firebirds the win with a goal at 3:41 of overtime.

Brayden Guy, Matthew Poitras, Danny Zhilkin and Matthew Papais connected for a goal apiece for the Storm while assists went to Ben McFarlane, Braeden Bowman, Jake Karabela, Sasha Pastujov, Daniil Chayka, Michael Buchinger and Zhilkin.

Luca D’Amato, Dmitry Kuzmin, James Petrovski, Piercey and Pitre each had a goal for Flint. Brennan Othmann had a pair of assists while Samuel Assinewai, Petrovski, Amadeus Lombardi, Zacharie Giroux and Luca D’Amato each had one.

Flint outshot the Storm 40-37 thanks to a 13-3 advantage in the third period. The Storm were 1-for-3 on their power play and held Flint scoreless on two power plays.

Jacob Oster had 35 saves in net for the Storm.

Luke Cavallin started in net for Flint and made 13 saves in the first period, but was replaced by Nathaniel Day for the remainder of the game. Day picked up the win and had 20 saves.

The Storm are to play the Saginaw Spirit at Saginaw’s Dow Event Center Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

 

Standings

WESTERN CONFERENCE

 

W

L

OL

SL

P

Flint

26

14

0

2

54

Sault Ste. Marie

24

14

4

1

53

London

25

11

1

0

51

Windsor

22

13

2

2

48

Guelph

20

15

3

1

44

Owen Sound

19

19

1

2

41

Erie

17

19

1

2

37

Kitchener

17

19

2

1

37

Sarnia

16

17

3

1

36

Saginaw

16

25

1

0

33

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Mississauga

28

11

1

4

61

North Bay

25

15

3

3

56

Hamilton

25

10

2

2

54

Kingston

24

12

3

0

51

Oshawa

22

16

1

2

47

Barrie

20

14

4

0

44

Ottawa

20

20

1

3

44

Peterborough

16

24

2

0

34

Sudbury

13

24

3

2

31

Niagara

11

25

2

1

25

 

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