Storm nipped by Rangers as regulation-time win streak ends
KITCHENER – The Guelph Storm’s regulation-time win streak in Ontario Hockey League play came to an end Sunday at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium when they were nipped 2-1 by the Kitchener Rangers.
The Rangers scored the lone goal of the first period before a scoreless second. Both teams tallied in the final minute of the game, Danny Zhilkin’s power-play goal with five seconds to go putting an end to the shutout bid by Kitchener netminder Jacob Ingham who had 21 saves.
Michael Bianconi and Luka Profaca assisted on the goal.
The Storm hadn’t lost in regulation time in their previous 13 outings, although one of those outings resulted in a loss in a shootout.
Nico Daws stopped 33 shots in the Guelph net, the only one he didn’t was an unassisted goal by Reid Valade late in the first period.
Kitchener’s other goal by Michael Vukojevic was an empty-net, shorthanded, unassisted marker with 38 seconds to go.
The game saw two penalties called – a minor for hooking to Guelph’s Zhilkin early in the first period and a match penalty for a slew foot to Kitchener’s Donovan Sebrango with four minutes to go.
Kitchener dominated the faceoffs, winning 39 of 56.
The result leaves the Storm at 15-5-1-3 and Kitchener at 10-10-2-2.
The Storm is second in both the Midwest Division and the Western Conference. The London Knights (17-5-1-1) lead both while Kitchener is fifth in the division, the only division in the league where every team has a winning percentage of .500 or better.
The Storm is to play the Saginaw Spirit (14-9-2-1) in Saginaw Wednesday. It’s the rescheduled game for the match that was postponed Nov. 2 due to problems with the ice at Saginaw’s Dow Event Center. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
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- Guelph Sports Journal