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Storm hit in shootout to slip by London

GUELPH – A pair of goals in a shootout lifted the Guelph Storm to a 6-5 victory over the London Knights in Ontario Hockey League play Wednesday night at the Sleeman Centre.

The goals by Braeden Bowman and Valentin Zhugin also allowed the Storm to win a game in which they had both led and trailed by two goals.

Guelph Storm 6 London 5 (SO)

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The Storm led 2-0 in the opening minute of the second period and trailed 4-2 midway through a third period that saw the teams connect for six goals including three by the Storm in three minutes and 51 seconds.

That trio of goals put the Storm up 5-4 with 4:13 to go in regulation time, but the Knights pulled even with 2:08 to go.

Cam Allen, Sasha Pastujov, Bowman, Danny Zhilkin and Ben McFarlane scored in regulation time for the Storm while Zhugin had two assists and Zackary Sandhu, Pastujov, Zhilkin, Matthew Papais and Cooper Walker had one apiece.

Antonio Stranges tallied twice for London while Isaiah George, Cody Morgan and Sean McGurn each had one goal. Luke Evangelista assisted on four of the goals while McGurn had two assists and Liam Gilmartin, Morgan and Gerard Keane each had one.

London outshot the Storm 33-27 and kept the locals scoreless on their only power play. The Knights went 1-for-2 on their power play.

Jacob Oster had 28 saves for Guelph and Owen Flores had 22 for London.

The game was the ninth one between the two teams this year and the third to go beyond regulation time. Of the nine games, five have been decided by a single goal and the Storm have won six of the meetings.

Guelph is fifth in the Western Conference standings at 28-19-5-2 while the Knights are second at 34-17-2-1. Flint Firebirds lead at 35-16-1-3.

While four Eastern Conference teams (Hamilton Bulldogs, North Bay Battalion, Mississauga Steelheads and Kingston Frontenacs) have clinched playoff berths, no Western Conference team has yet to secure a spot in the playoffs.

The Storm are to host the Sarnia Sting (seventh at 24-25-3-1) Friday at 7:30 p.m. and play the Kitchener Rangers (ninth at 23-26-2-2) at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Sunday at 2 p.m.


  • Guelph Sports Journal