Storm quick to end overtime, edge London
LONDON – The Guelph Storm got overtime done in a hurry Tuesday as Danny Zhilkin scored nine seconds into the extra period to give the locals a 4-3 victory over the London Knights in Ontario Hockey League play at Budweiser Gardens.
Antonio Stranges had scored for London with 4:07 to go in regulation time, the only goal of the third period, to force extra time.
Guelph Storm 4 London 3 (OT)
The Storm had scored their three regulation-time goals in the second period while London had scored once in each period.
Guelph came out of the first period trailing 1-0 despite being outshot 18-4. The Storm outshot the Knights 29-12 the rest of the way for an overall 33-30 advantage.
London scored on both of its power plays while the Storm went 1-for-4 and the hosts dominated the faceoffs, winning 34 of 53.
Marko Sikic, Daniil Chayka and Sasha Pastujov scored in regulation time for the Storm while assists went to Ben McFarlane, Zhilkin, Jake Karabela and Chayka.
Colton Smith, Max McCue and Stranges had a goal apiece for London while Ruslan Gazizov had two assists and Stranges, Liam Gilmartin, Cody Morgan and Smith each had one.
Owen Bennett had 27 saves to get the win in the Storm net while London keeper Brett Brochu had 29 saves in the overtime loss.
The result tightens the race atop the Western Conference. London leads at 9-1-1-0 while the Soo Greyhounds are second at 9-5-0-0 and the Storm third at 8-5-1-0.
Next up for the Storm is a Friday home game against the Erie Otters (10th in conference at 3-7-1-0) at the Sleeman Centre at 7:30 p.m. and a Saturday game at 7:30 p.m. against the Owen Sound Attack (eighth in conference at 4-6-1-1) at Owen Sound’s Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.
- Guelph Sports Journal