Storm halt losing streak with win in overtime
GUELPH – The Guelph Storm put an end to their four-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory in overtime over the Owen Sound Attack in Ontario Hockey League play Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.
The winning goal by Danny Zhilkin 37 seconds into the extra period put the Storm ahead for the first time in the game.
Guelph Storm 6 Owen Sound 5 (OT)
The Storm came back twice in the game. The Attack scored twice in the first 2:45 of the match to grab an early lead, but the Storm tied it up in the following 68 seconds with a pair of goals of their own, the first one coming 10 seconds after Owen Sound’s second goal.
The Attack added three goals in the final six and a quarter minutes of the period to shoot ahead again. The hosts got two of the goals back in the second period and tied it up 8:30 into the third.
Cooper Walker connected for a hat trick for the Storm while Sasha Pastujov, Jake Karabela and Zhilkin added single goals. Matthew Papais had three assists while Luka Profaca had two and Cam Allen, Zhilkin, Braeden Bowman, Walker and Ben McFarlane each had one.
Scoring for Owen Sound were Nicholas Porco, Cedrick Guindon, Ethan Burroughs, William Portokalis and Servac Petrovsky. Mark Woolley set up two of the goals while Cal Uens, Julian Fantino, Thomas Chafe, Igor Chibrikov and Portokalis each had one assist.
The Storm outshot the Attack 41-24 including an 18-4 advantage in the third period. Both teams had three power plays in the game and Guelph scored the game’s lone power-play goal.
Owen Bennett started in goal and faced 11 shots in the first period. Jacob Oster played the final two periods and the overtime and hed stopped all 13 shots fired his way.
Corbin Votary had 35 saves for Owen Sound.
The game was the first of a three-in-three weekend for the Storm as they’re to play the Flint Firebirds at Flint’s Dort Financial Center Saturday night and the Saginaw Spirit at Saginaw’s Dow Event Center Sunday night.
The next win by the Storm or loss by the Erie Otters will clinch a playoff berth for the locals.
- Guelph Sports Journal