Storm delivers knockout punch to Prince Albert

HALIFAX – There’ll be no tie-breaker game at the Memorial Cup this season.

The Guelph Storm made sure of that Tuesday night when they downed the Prince Albert Raiders 5-2 at Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre. That was Prince Albert’s third loss in the Canadian Hockey League’s championship tournament and eliminated the Western Hockey League champions from further play.

The Ontario Hockey League champion Storm never trailed in the game and they held Prince Albert scoreless after the first period.

The teams were tied 2-2 at the end of the opening period before the Storm scored twice in the first five and a half minutes of the second. They added the game’s final goal in the third.

Nick Suzuki connected for a pair of goals for the Storm while singletons were netted by Fedor Gordeev, Isaac Ratcliffe and Liam Hawel. Sean Durzi and Ratcliffe each had two assists and Suzuki, Cedric Ralph, MacKenzie Entwistle, Pavel Gogolev and Alexey Toropchenko had one apiece.

Sean Montgomery and Dante Hannoun scored for Prince Albert and Brayden Pachal assisted on both goals. Noah Gregor also had an assist.

The Storm outshot the Raiders 25-21 and both teams scored a power play goal – Guelph on three power plays and Prince Albert on two.

Anthony Popovich made 19 saves to get the win in the Guelph net while Ian Scott had 20 saves for Prince Albert.

The Storm dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 41 of the 59 faceoffs in the game.

The only other thing than Prince Albert’s ousting that is ensured with the game’s result is that the Storm’s next opponent will be a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team and it’ll be in either Friday’s semifinal or Sunday’s final.

The semifinal combatants will be decided after the QMJHL champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the hosts and QMJHL finalist Halifax Mooseheads meet Wednesday in the final game of the round-robin segment of the Memorial Cup tournament.

If Halifax wins that game, the Storm and Huskies will battle in the semifinal with the winner playing the Mooseheads in the final.

If Rouyn-Noranda wins Wednesday, the score of the game will decide the semifinalists and the team that gets the bye to the final.

 

Standings
Halifax Mooseheads             2-0-0
Guelph Storm                         2-1-0
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies     1-1-0
Prince Albert Raiders            0-3-0
Storm 5 Raiders 2
Guelph               2-2-1–5
Prince Albert     2-0-0–2
First Period
1. Guelph, Fedor Gordeev (Nick Suzuki, Cedric Ralph), 9:42
2. Prince Albert, Sean Montgomery (Noah Gregor, Brayden Pachal), 11:32 pp
3. Guelph, Isaac Ratcliffe (MacKenzie Entwistle, Sean Durzi), 15:18
4. Prince Albert, Dante Hannoun (Brayden Pachal), 19:16
Penalties: Brayden Pachal PA (interference), 6:34; Dmitri Samorukov Gue (hooking), 11:24.
Second Period
5. Guelph, Liam Hawel (Pavel Gogolev, Alexey Toropchenko), 1:21 pp
6. Guelph, Nick Suzuki (Isaac Ratcliffe, Sean Durzi), 5:02
Penalties: Sean Montgomery PA (tripping), 1:10; Ozzy Wiesblatt PA (boarding), 8:21; Jack Hanley Gue (holding), 19:12.
Third Period
7. Guelph, Nick Suzuki (Isaac Ratcliffe), 6:42
Penalties: none.
Shots on Goal
Guelph               11-8-6–25
Prince Albert       9-4-8–21
Goalies: Anthony Popovich (W, 21 shots-19 saves), Guelph; Ian Scott (L, 25 shots-20 saves), Prince Albert.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 1-3; Prince Albert 1-2.
Faceoffs Won: Guelph 41; Prince Albert 18.
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