Storm edged in overtime by London Knights
LONDON – The London Knights connected for the winning goal after four and a half minutes of overtime as they edged the Guelph Storm 4-3 in Ontario Hockey League play Wednesday night at London’s Budweiser Gardens.
The Storm had led 2-0 at the end of the first period after scoring twice in a span of two minutes and 28 seconds late in the period. London responded by scoring three in a row to take the lead at 6:20 of the third before the Storm tied it with 5:25 to go in regulation time.
Daniil Chayka, Keegan Stevenson and Ben McFarlane had a goal apiece for the Storm while assists went to Eric Uba, Pavel Gogolev, Cedric Ralph, goaltender Nico Daws, Matthew Papais and Clark Hiebert.
Scoring for London were Connor McMichael, Antonio Stranges, Billy Moskal and Jason Willms. Liam Foudy assisted on two of the goals while single assists were recorded by Ryan Merkley, Nathan Dunkley, Luke Evangelista, Willms and Alec Regula.
London outshot the Storm 41-30 and went 1-for-2 on its power play while the Storm didn’t score on its lone power play. The locals did get a shorthanded goal and the Knights dominated the faceoffs, winning 42 of the game’s 57 faceoffs.
Daws took the overtime loss despite making 37 saves while winning netminder Brett Brochu had 27 saves for London.
London moves to first in both the Midwest Division and Western Conference with the win. The Knights are at 39-15-1-1, one point ahead of the Kitchener Rangers (36-14-5-2) in the division and two up on the Flint Firebirds (38-18-1-1) in the conference. Division leaders are placed one-two in the conference standings. Top four in the conference are separated by three points as the Saginaw Spirit are fourth at 36-16-3-2.
The Storm are third in the Midwest Division and sixth in the Western Conference at 30-19-3-5. They’re a point behind the Windsor Spitfires (32-19-5-0) in the conference, but Windsor has a game in hand. They’re also five points ahead of the Owen Sound Attack (28-22-4-3).
Guelph is also close to securing a playoff berth as any combination of Storm wins and losses by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds adding to four clinches a playoff berth for the locals.
The Storm have 11 games to go in their regular season. They’re to host the Erie Otters (fifth in Midwest Division and eighth in Western Conference at 24-22-4-7) Friday at 7:30 p.m. and play the Spitfires in Windsor Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
Knights 4 Storm 3 (OT)
- Guelph Sports Journal