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Storm edge Otters to move to second in conference

GUELPH – Jake Karabela of the Guelph Storm fired a shot home early in the third period after an Erie Otters turnover in their own zone for the eventual game-winning goal Friday night in a 4-3 Ontario Hockey League victory at the Sleeman Centre.

The win was the third in a row for the Storm and their sixth in seven games.

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The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of the first period before the Storm went ahead 3-2 by the end of the second.

Matthew Papais tallied twice for the Storm while Sasha Pastujov and Karabela also scored. Luka Profaca had a pair of assists while Cooper Walker had one.

Pastujov has scored in four consecutive games and collected points in all but two of the Storm’s 15 games while Karabela has collected a point in four straight games.

Brett Bressette and Colby Saganiuk were involved in all three goals for Erie as Bressette had two goals and an assist and Saganiuk had a goal and two assists. Owain Johnston and Elias Cohen also had one assist apiece.

The Storm outshot Erie 33-18 thanks to a 20-8 advantage in the second period. The hosts also won 33 of the game’s 52 faceoffs and neither team managed a power-play goal, Erie on a single power play and the Storm on four.

Jacob Oster collected the win in the Guelph net. He had 15 saves while Erie’s Nolan Lalonde had 29 saves.

The win lifts the Storm to second in the Western Conference standings at 9-5-1-0. They’re two points behind the conference-leading London Knights (10-1-1-0) and one up on the third-place Soo Greyhounds (9-6-0-0). Erie is 10th at 3-8-1-0.

The Storm are to play the Owen Sound Attack (seventh at 5-6-1-1) twice in a row as they’re to battle at Owen Sound’s Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and host the Attack next Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.


  • Guelph Sports Journal