Storm ends weekend with shootout win over London
LONDON – The Guelph Storm completed their weekend with a victory as they scored a 2-1 shootout victory over the London Knights 2-1 in Ontario Hockey League play at the Budweiser Gardens Sunday afternoon.
The win followed a pair of losses to the Western Conference-leading Windsor Spitfires — 4-3 in a shootout at Windsor Thursday and 7-1 at home Friday.
Guelph Storm 2 London 1 (SO)
Braeden Bowman and Valentin Zhugin scored in the shootout for the Storm while Ruslan Gazizov had a shootout goal for London.
Brayden Guy scored a power-play goal for the Storm just shy of the first period’s five-minute mark. Assists on the goal went to Matthew Poitras and Daniil Chayka.
Brody Crane pulled London even with 54 seconds to go in the third period. Cody Morgan and Antonio Stranges assisted on the goal.
London outshot the Storm 34-25 and both teams had five power plays in the game, the Storm netting the lone power-play goal.
Owen Bennett had 33 saves in net for the locals while Owen Flores had 24 for London.
The Storm have three games to go in their regular season, will finish either fifth or sixth in the conference and won’t have home-ice advantage in any opening-round playoff series. Their first-round opponents will be either the Soo Greyhounds or the Flint Firebirds.
The Storm are to complete their regular season this week with games against the Erie Otters at Erie Tuesday at 6 p.m., Kitchener Rangers at home Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Windsor at home Saturday at 7 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal