Storm edged by Ottawa in shootout in season opener
GUELPH – The defending champion Guelph Storm were nipped 3-2 in a shootout by the Ottawa 67’s as they opened their Ontario Hockey League season Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.
Cameron Tolnai’s goal in the shootout lifted Ottawa to the victory.
The 67’s netted a pair of goals in the shootout, the other one being scored by Guelph native Austen Keating. Keegan Stevenson had a goal for the Storm in the shootout.
The only time the 67’s led in the game was in the shootout.
The Storm opened the scoring a minute and a half into the season on a goal by Danny Zhilkin.
All the other scoring in regulation time came in the second period.
Marco Rossi pulled Ottawa even early in the period before Pavel Gogolev put a backhander to restore Guelph’s lead about nine minutes later.
The hosts didn’t keep the lead long, though, as Ottawa knotted it up again 31 seconds later as Noel Hoefenmayer rifled a slapper home.
Ty Collins, Gogolev and Daniil Chayka each had an assist for the Storm.
Keating assisted on both goals for Ottawa while Hoefenmayer and Hudson Wilson each had one assist.
The 67’s outshot the Storm 42-29 and they went 1-for-6 on the power play while the locals were scoreless on six power plays.
Ottawa also won 46 of the game’s 72 faceoffs.
Nico Daws was tagged with the shootout loss for the Storm. He had 40 saves while winning netminder Cedrick Andree made 26 saves.
Prior to the game the Storm raised their OHL and Western Conference championship banners to the rafters of the Sleeman Centre.
The Storm are to host the Owen Sound Attack Friday at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
67’s 3 Storm 2 (SO)
- Guelph Sports Journal