Storm drop 67’s as Ottawa suffers first loss of playoffs
GUELPH – The Guelph Storm were dominating as they handed the Ottawa 67’s their first loss of this year’s Ontario Hockey League playoffs Monday night at the Sleeman Centre.
The Storm held the 67’s to eight shots or less in each period in a 7-2 victory in Game 3 of the league’s championship series. The result snapped Ottawa’s win streak at 14 games and cut the 67’s lead in the best-of-seven series to 2-1.
The hosts never trailed in Monday’s game as they were up 2-1 at the end of the first period and 4-2 after the second.
Isaac Ratcliffe, Alexey Toropchenko and MacKenzie Entwistle each scored twice for the Storm while Nate Schnarr netted the other goal. Nick Suzuki and Sean Durzi each had three assists while Cedric Ralph, Pavel Gogolev, Liam Hawel and Markus Phillips had one apiece.
Sasha Chmelevski and Graeme Clarke hit for the goals for Ottawa and assists went to Austen Keating, Marco Rossi, Kyle Maksimovich and Merrick Rippon.
Anthony Popovich turned aside 18 shots to get the win in goal for the Storm while Cedrick Andree took the loss for Ottawa despite having 29 saves.
Fourth game in the series is to go Wednesday at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7 p.m.
The result also made the fifth game of the series a necessity. It’s scheduled for Friday at Ottawa’s TD Place starting at 7 p.m.
Storm 7 67’s 2
1. Guelph, Isaac Ratcliffe (Nick Suzuki, Sean Durzi), 4:08
2. Ottawa, Sasha Chmelevski (Austen Keating, Marco Rossi) 5:23 pp
3. Guelph, Alexey Toropchenko (Cedric Ralph, Pavel Gogolev), 11:41
Penalties: Isaac Ratcliffe Gue (interference), 0:46; Owen Lalonde Gue (delay of game), 4:28; Marco Rossi Ott (cross checking), 12:57; Marco Rossi Ott (high sticking), 16:00; Noel Hoefenmayer Ott (roughing), 18:23.
4. Guelph, Nate Schnarr (Liam Hawel), 0:59
5. Ottawa, Graeme Clarke (Kyle Maksimovich, Merrick Rippon), 6:30
6. Guelph, Alexey Toropchenko (unassisted), 16:31
Penalties: Kody Clark Ott (roughing), Sean Durzi Gue (roughing), 12:29; Mitchell Hoelscher Ott (cross checking), 16:31.
7. Guelph, MacKenzie Entwistle (Nick Suzuki, Sean Durzi), 7:49
8. Guelph, Isaac Ratcliffe (Sean Durzi, Markus Phillips), 14:45
9. Guelph, MacKenzie Entwistle (Nick Suzuki), 16:33
Penalties: Liam Hawel Gue (tripping), 8:08; Nick Suzuki Gue (roughing), 10:08.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Cedrick Andree (W, 36 shots-29 saves), Ottawa; Anthony Popovich (W, 20 shots-18 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Ottawa 1-4; Guelph 0-4.
Faceoffs Won: Ottawa 25; Guelph 27.
- Guelph Sports Journal