Storm cooled off by hot IceDogs netminder

GUELPH – The goaltending of Stephen Dhillon helped the Niagara IceDogs edge the Guelph Storm 4-3 in Ontario Hockey League play Sunday at the Sleeman Centre.

Dhillon faced 52 shots in the match and stopped 49 of them to get the win in the Niagara net.

Two goals 54 seconds apart late in the second period gave Niagara a 4-1 lead. They had led 2-0 at the end of the first and the Storm made it close with a pair of goals in the first nine minutes of the third, but couldn’t net the equalizer.

Isaac Ratcliffe, Sean Durzi and Owen Lalonde scored the goals for the Storm while Alexey Toropchenko had two assists and Dmitri Samorukov, Nate Schnarr, MacKenzie Entwistle and Liam Hawel had one apiece.

Akil Thomas had two goals and an assist for Niagara. Kirill Maksimov and Jason Robertson had the other goals while assists were also awarded to Matthew Philip, Elijah Roberts and Matt Brassard.

Anthony Popovich was charged with the loss in the Guelph net. He made 28 saves.

The Storm went 1-for-3 on their power play while Niagara went 2-for-5.

The Storm (24-13-4-4) remains in second in the Midwest Division and fourth in the Western Conference behind Midwest leaders London Knights (30-7-5-1), West Division leaders Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (30-10-4-1) and the Saginaw Spirit (28-12-2-2).

Niagara (27-10-7-0) leads the Central Division and is second in the Eastern Conference behind East Division-leading Ottawa 67’s (32-9-3-1).

The Storm is to host the Owen Sound Attack (22-19-2-2) Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre for the second consecutive Friday following a 5-2 win this week.


IceDogs 4 Storm 3
Niagara     2-2-0–4
Guelph       0-1-2–3
First Period
1. Niagara, Thomas (Philip), 4:04
2. Niagara, Maksimov (Roberts), 17:34 pp
Penalties: Robertson Niag (tripping), 4:49; Ratcliffe Gue (tripping), 8:06; Commisso Gue (holding), 16:01; Studnicka Niag (hooking), 19:01.
Second Period
3. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Toropchenko. Samorukov), 6:46 sh
4. Niagara, Robertson (Brassard. Thomas), 16:23 pp
5. Niagara, Thomas (unassisted), 17:17
Penalties: Jones Niag (slashing), 0:00; Durzi Gue (cross checking), 5:52; Ratcliffe Gue (cross checking), 15:01.
Third Period
6. Guelph, Durzi (Toropchenko. Schnarr), 1:17 pp
7. Guelph, Lalonde (Entwistle. Hawel), 8:11
Penalty: Durzi Gue (high sticking), 8:35.
Shots on Goal
Niagara        16-9-7–32
Guelph     18-16-18–52
Goalies: Dhillon (W, 52 shots-49 saves), Niagara; Popovich (L, 32 shots-28 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Niagara 2-5; Guelph 1-3.


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