Storm nipped in shootout by Barrie in New Year’s Eve match

BARRIE – The Guelph Storm wrapped up the 2019 portion of their Ontario Hockey League season with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Barrie Colts on New Year’s Eve at Barrie’s Colts Centre.

The Storm led 2-0 at the end of the first period, but Barrie had it knotted by the eight-minute mark of the second. However, the Storm scored later in the period to carry a 3-2 lead into the third, but the hosts tied it early in the third to eventually force an overtime period and the shootout.

Tyson Foerster, Barrie’s first shooter, was the lone player to score in the shootout.

Pavel Gogolev had a goal and two assists for the Storm while Cam Hillis and Keegan Stevenson also scored. Eric Uba also had two assists and Daniil Chayka had one.

Gogolev’s performance stretched both his goal-scoring and point-collecting streaks to nine games. He has 13 goals and six assists in those nine games and is now tied for fourth in the point-scoring race with 57 points. Arthur Kaliyev and Marco Rossi are tied for the lead with 62 points while Kaliyev leads all players with 31 goals. Gogolev is second at 27.

Jason Willms scored twice in regulation time for Barrie while Nicholas Porco had the other goal. Ryan Suzuki and Nathan Allensen each had two assists and Brandt Clarke had one.

The Storm outshot Barrie 37-34 and went 1-for-2 on their power play while the Colts went 1-for-5.

Owen Bennett had 31 saves in the Storm net while Jet Greaves had 34 for Barrie.

The game was the third consecutive game decided by a single goal – Guelph won the previous two – and their 14th of the season.

The Storm leads the Western Conference and Midwest Division at 21-8-1-4 while Barrie is second in the Central Division at 15-15-2-1.

The Storm are to begin 2020 with a three-in-three weekend as they’re to host the league-leading Peterborough Petes (first in Eastern Conference and East Division at 25-8-2-1) Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre, play the Owen Sound Attack (fifth in the Midwest at 15-15-3-2) at Owen Sound’s Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and host the red-hot Kitchener Rangers (winners of nine of their last 10 games and tied for second in Midwest at 20-11-2-2) Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.

 

Colts 4 Storm 3 (SO)
Guelph     2-1-0-0-0–3
Barrie        0-2-1-0-1–4
 
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