Storm drop fourth in a row, blanked by London
GUELPH – The Guelph Storm suffered their third loss in as many days and fourth in a row as they were blanked 4-0 by the London Knights in Ontario Hockey League play Sunday at the Sleeman Centre.
London scored three times in the second period and once in the third for the victory.
London 4 Guelph Storm 0
The locals outshot London 31-27, but couldn’t score on Knights netminder Owen Flores. Owen Bennett had 23 saves for the Storm.
Cody Morgan opened and closed the scoring with power-play goals for the Knights while Luke Evangelista and Brody Crane netted single goals. Oliver Bonk assisted on two of the goals while single assists were awarded to Evangelista, Antonio Stranges, Morgan, Camaryn Baber, Tye McSorley and Sean McGurn.
The Knights went 2-for-4 on their power play while the Storm also had four power plays.
The result leaves the Storm sixth in the Western Conference at 29-23-5-2. Windsor Spitfires (38-16-3-3) lead and are followed by London (37-18-3-1), Flint Firebirds (36-19-1-4), Soo Greyhounds (33-20-6-1), Owen Sound Attack (31-24-4-3), the Storm, Kitchener Rangers (27-28-2-2), Sarnia Sting (25-29-4-1), Erie Otters (24-31-2-2) and Saginaw Spirit (20-39-1-0).
The top five have clinched their spots in the playoffs. Owen Sound will clinch a playoff spot with its next win while the Storm will secure a spot in the postseason with any combination of Guelph victories and Erie losses adding to three.
The Storm have nine games remaining on their regular-season schedule including another three-in-three on the weekend when they’re to host Owen Sound Friday at 7:30 p.m., play at Flint Saturday at 7 p.m. and play at Saginaw Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
Once the conference leaders, the locals have gone 12-15-4-1 in 2022 following an extended four-week break for Christmas and COVID that saw them play their first game of 2022 on Jan. 16 after finishing the 2021 portion of their season Dec. 18.
The Storm’s also 4-7-1-1 in March.
- Guelph Sports Journal