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Storm drop Spitfires to finish regular season

GUELPH – The Guelph Storm struck for three goals in the third period as they completed their OHL regular season with a 5-2 victory over the Windsor Spitfires Saturday night at the Sleeman Centre.

The win was the fourth in a row for the Storm as they prepare for the playoffs.

Guelph Storm 5 Windsor 2

The Storm had the lone goal of the first period and led 2-1 after the second.

Valentin Zhugin had a pair of goals for the locals while Danny Zhilkin, Braeden Bowman and Michael Buchinger also scored. Single assists were awarded to Sasha Pastujov, Matthew Poitras, Zhugin, Ashton Reesor, Daniil Chayka, Ben McFarlane and Zhilkin.

Wyatt Johnston and Alex Christopoulos scored for Windsor with assists going to Michael Renwick, Daniel D’Amico, Jacob Maillet and James Jodoin.

The Storm dominated the shots-on-goal category for the second consecutive game as they outshot Windsor 44-24 including a 21-4 advantage in the second period.

Both teams netted a power-play goal, Windsor on three power plays and Guelph on four.

Owen Bennett had 22 saves for the Storm while Xavier Medina had 39 for Windsor.

The Storm also dominated faceoffs, winning 34 of the game’s 53.

The Storm finish fifth in the Western Conference and are to play the fourth-place Soo Greyhounds in the best-of-seven conference quarter-finals that are to start with two games in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.


  • Guelph Sports Journal