Storm dropped as 67’s extend their win streak
OTTAWA – The Ottawa 67’s stretched their Ontario Hockey League winning streak to 17 games Friday night at the expense of the Guelph Storm.
The Storm scored three times in the first six and a half minutes of the game at TD Place before the 67’s rallied for a 9-6 victory.
Guelph led 5-4 at the end of the first period, but Ottawa was up 6-5 at the end of the second.
Jacob Roach tallied twice for the Storm while single goals were netted by Cam Hillis, Josh Wainman, Eric Uba and Pavel Gogolev. Keegan Stevenson collected two assists while Hillis, Daniil Chayka and Cedric Ralph each had one.
Joseph Garreffa had a pair of goals for Ottawa while Felix-Antoine Tourigny, Nikita Okhotyuk, Alec Belanger, Guelph native Austen Keating, Mitchell Hoelscher of Elora, Jack Quinn and Cameron Tolnai each scored once. Marco Rossi assisted on four of the goals while Keating, Noel Hoefenmayer and Okhotyuk each had two assists and Merrick Rippon, Yanic Crete, Daylon Groulx, Jack Beck, Quinn, Hoelscher and Tourigny had one each.
Ottawa outshot the Storm 40-30 and the 67’s went 2-for-5 on their power play while the Storm was scoreless on two power plays.
Nico Daws started in net for the Storm but was replaced by Owen Bennett after allowing four goals on 13 shots in the first period in his first game back from the world junior championship tournament. Bennett gave up four goals on 26 shots the rest of the way to be tagged with the loss.
Will Cranley played the entire game for Ottawa and he made 24 saves.
The Storm is third in the Midwest Division at 22-11-1-4 while Ottawa leads the East Division, Eastern Conference and league with a 30-6-0-0 record.
The loss was the third in a row for the Storm who have dropped to fifth in the Western Conference.
The Storm are to play the Kingston Frontenacs (11-23-2-2) at Kingston’s Leon’s Centre Saturday at 7 p.m.
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- Guelph Sports Journal