Storm fade in third in loss to Kitchener Rangers
GUELPH – The Guelph Storm surrendered the final four goals of the game as they were downed 7-4 by the Kitchener Rangers in Ontario Hockey League play Wednesday night at the Sleeman Centre.
Kitchener scored the lone goal of the first period while the teams were tied 4-4 at the end of the second period thanks to a goal with 3:29 to go in the period.
Cam Hillis, Danny Zhilkin, Pavel Gogolev and Jacob Roach scored a goal apiece for the Storm. Gogolev, Roach, Owen Bennett, Hillis and Daniil Chayka each had an assist.
Greg Meireles had a six-point performance for the Rangers as he had a hat trick and assisted on three goals. Other scorers for Kitchener were Liam Hawel, Serron Noel, Declan McDonnell and Jonathan Yantsis. Axel Bergkvist and Reid Valade each had three assists apiece while Hawel had two assists and Mike Petizian, Yantsis and Donovan Sebrango had one each.
The Storm outshot Kitchener 31-28, but were scoreless on six power plays while the Rangers went 2-for-4.
Owen Bennett had 21 saves in the loss for the Storm while Jacob Ingham had 27 saves in the win for the Rangers.
Guelph is sixth in the Western Conference at 32-23-3-5 while Kitchener are third at 40-16-5-2. If they finish in those positions, they’ll meet in the conference quarter-finals.
The Storm has five games to go in their regular season, three at home. The Storm are to host the Windsor Spitfires (fifth in Western Conference at 34-20-8-0) Friday at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Rangers 7 Storm 4
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- Guelph Sports Journal