Storm pushes another division leader aside
GUELPH – The Guelph Storm struck for four consecutive goals in the second period as they dropped the Ottawa 67’s 8-4 in Ontario Hockey League play Sunday at the Sleeman Centre.
The Storm led 3-0 at the end of the first period and 7-2 after the second. Ottawa scored twice in the final two and a half minutes of the game to make the score a little closer.
Isaac Ratcliffe had a hat trick for the hosts while Sean Durzi scored twice and Nate Schnarr, Liam Hawel and Keegan Stevenson added single goals. Nick Suzuki assisted on four of the goals and MacKenzie Entwistle and Schnarr each had two assists. Getting one assist apiece were Ratcliffe, Stevenson, Hawel, Alexey Toropchenko, Owen Lalonde and Cedric Ralph.
Marco Rossi, Tye Felhaber, Jack Quinn and Graeme Clarke each had a goal for Ottawa. Assists went to Felhaber, Austen Keating, Noel Hoefenmayer, Sasha Chmelevski, Mitchell Hoelscher, Kyle Maksimovich and Kevin Bahl.
The Storm outshot Ottawa 38-25 and went 2-for-8 on their power play while the 67’s scored on both of their power plays.
Anthony Popovich picked up the win with 21 saves and Michael DiPietro took the loss with 13 saves in the first 28:47 of the game. Cedrick Andree went the rest of the way and had 17 saves.
The Storm remains second in the Midwest Division and fourth in the Western Conference at 22-14-4-4. Ottawa leads the East Division and Eastern Conference at 30-9-3-1.
The 67’s were the third division leader the Storm defeated in a week as they downed the Midwest Division-leading London Knights 7-5 Tuesday at London and the Central Division-leading Niagara IceDogs 6-5 in overtime Thursday at St. Catharines.
The Storm are to play the Peterborough Petes (22-17-1-1) at Peterborough Thursday at 7:05 p.m.
Storm 8 67’s 4
1. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Suzuki, Entwistle), 5:45
2. Guelph, Durzi (Schnarr, Ratcliffe), 11:20 pp
3. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Suzuki), 15:56
Penalties: Peric Ott (closing hand on puck), 11:08; Bahl Ott (tripping), 11:42; Stevenson Gue (cross checking), 14:24; Bahl Ott (tripping), 15:12.
4. Ottawa, Rossi (Felhaber, Keating), 7:15
5. Guelph, Schnarr (Stevenson, Hawel), 7:53
6. Guelph, Durzi 5 (Schnarr, Suzuki), 8:47 pp
7. Guelph, Hawel (Toropchenko, Lalonde), 13:50
8. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Entwistle, Suzuki), 15:25
9. Ottawa, Felhaber (Hoefenmayer, Chmelevski), 18:46 pp
Penalties: Bahl Ott (roughing), Toropchenko Gue (roughing), 4:41; Okhotyuk Ott (tripping), 8:04; Hoelscher Ott (roughing), 9:21; Felhaber Ott (unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:38; Stevenson Gue (hooking), 18:40; Rippon Ott (roughing), Gordeev Gue (roughing, roughing), Hawel Gue (roughing), 20:00.
10. Guelph, Stevenson (Ralph), 1:58 sh
11. Ottawa, Quinn (Hoelscher), 17:31 sh
12. Ottawa, Clarke (Maksimovich, Bahl), 19:56 pp
Penalties: Clark Ott (interference), 6:23; Clark Ott (match-slew foot), Gordeev Gue (roughing), 14:13; Roberts Gue (interference on goaltender), 18:16.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: DiPietro (L, 28:47; 18 shots-13 saves), Andree (31:13, 20 shots-17 saves), Ottawa; Popovich (W, 25 shots-21 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Ottawa 2-2; Guelph 2-8.
- Guelph Sports Journal