Storm pulls away in third in win over Attack
OWEN SOUND – The Guelph Storm scored four times in the third period to pull away to a 7-2 victory over the Owen Sound Attack in Ontario Hockey League play Saturday night at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.
Three of those final four goals came in a span of one minute and 21 seconds early in the period while the fourth one was a power-play marker with four seconds to go in the game.
The Storm led 2-1 at the end of the first period and 3-2 after the second.
Guelph’s scoring was sprtead throughout the lineup as no player collected more than two points. Fedor Gordeev, Nate Schnarr, Ty Collins, Cedric Ralph, Dmitri Samorukov, Nick Suzuki and Zack Terry scored the goals while Isaac Ratcliffe had two assists and Alexey Toropchenko, MacKenzie Entwistle, Owen Lalonde, Domenico Commisso, Markus Phillips, Zachary Roberts, Liam Hawel, Schnarr, Suzuki and Gordeev each had one.
Brady Lyle and Nolan Seed struck for a goal apiece for Owen Sound and assists went to Sergey Popov, Aidan Dudas, Maksim Sushko and Barret Kirwin.
The Storm outshot the Attack 39-22 and scored on their only power play while Owen Sound went 1-for-3 on its power play.
Nico Daws made 20 saves to pick up the win in the Guelph net. Mack Guzda took the loss in net for Owen Sound. He started and allowed three goals before being replaced at 3:37 of the second period. Andrew MacLean relieved and went the rest of the way. They both had 16 saves.
With four games to go in their regular season, the Storm sits fourth in the Western Conference at 37-17-6-4.
A 4-1 win by the Saginaw Spirit over the London Knights Saturday night at London put the Spirit out of reach of the Storm. Guelph can now finish either third or fourth in the conference. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds are third at 41-16-6-1, five points up on the Storm. The Greyhounds also have four games to play.
In a possible playoff preview, the Storm are to host the Kitchener Rangers Sunday at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 4 p.m.
The Rangers are fifth in the conference at 31-29-3-1, two points ahead of Owen Sound (29-30-4-2). Kitchener has four games left in its regular season, one more than Owen Sound.
The Storm is to wrap up its regular season with home games against conference-leading London (45-13-6-1) Wednesday at 7 p.m. and the Erie Otters (26-34-3-1) Friday at 7:30 p.m. and a game at the Erie Insurance Arena Saturday at 7 p.m.
Erie is tied with the Windsor Spitfires (24-33-5-3) for eighth in the conference.
Storm 7 Attack 2
Owen Sound 1-1-0–2
1. Guelph, Gordeev (Toropchenko. Entwistle), 5:53
2. Owen Sound, Lyle (Popov. Dudas), 9:53
3. Guelph, Schnarr (Lalonde. Ratcliffe), 14:33
Penalties: Phillips Gue (holding opponent’s stick), 9:29; McMaster OS (hooking), 9:29.
4. Guelph, Collins (Commisso. Phillips), 3:37
5. Owen Sound, Seed (Sushko. Kirwin), 16:09 pp
Penalties: Commisso Gue (interference), 14:41; Entwistle Gue (slashing), 16:18; Phillips Gue (tripping), 19:47.
6. Guelph, Ralph (Roberts), 4:13
7. Guelph, Samorukov (Hawel), 5:20
8. Guelph, Suzuki (Ratcliffe. Schnarr), 5:34
9. Guelph, Terry (Suzuki. Gordeev), 19:56 pp
Penalty: Groulx OS (holding), 18:35.
Shots on Goal
Owen Sound 7-6-9–22
Goalies: Daws (W, 22 shots-20 saves), Guelph; Guzda (L, 23:37, 19 shots-16 saves), MacLean (36:23, 20 shots-16 saves), Owen Sound.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 1-for-1; Owen Sound 1-for-3.
- Guelph Sports Journal