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Storm edge Saginaw for third win in as many days

SAGINAW, Mich. – The Guelph Storm scored the first four goals of the game and then held on to edge the Saginaw Spirit 5-4 in Ontario Hockey League play Sunday at Saginaw’s Dow Event Center.

The win made it a three-in-three winning weekend for the Storm.

Guelph Storm 5 Saginaw 4

The Storm led 3-0 at the end of the opening period and 5-2 after the second before the hosts cut the gap to a single goal with 54 seconds to go in the third.

Brayden Guy tallied twice for the Storm while single goals were added by Matthew Poitras, Cooper Walker and Braeden Bowman. Sasha Pastujov and Cam Allen each had two assists while Poitras, Michael Buchinger, Walker and Matthew Papais each had one.

Scoring for Saginaw were Pavel Mintyukov, Sebastien Gervais, Nick Wong and Matyas Sapovaliv. Roberto Mancini collected two assists while single assists were awarded to Dean Loukus, Brayden Hislop, Calem Mangone, Luke McNamara, Mintyukov and Mitchell Smith.

Saginaw outshot the Storm 33-20 including a 27-11 margin after the first period.

All four goalies saw time in the game. Jacob Oster started for the Storm and had 13 saves before being stunned by a high shot and eventually giving way to Owen Bennett at 10:54 of the second period. Bennett made 16 saves in the remainder of the game.

Andrew Oke started for Saginaw and made seven saves before yielding to Brett Fullerton after Guelph’s fourth goal at 1:54 of the second period.

The Storm went 2-for-3 on their power play while the Spirit went 1-for-3.

Next game for the Storm is Thursday when they’re to play the Western Conference-leading Windsor Spitfires at Windsor’s WFCU Centre Thursday at 7 p.m.

The same two teams are to meet again Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.


Guelph Sports Journal