Storm rallies to drop London
GUELPH – The Guelph Storm struck for four goals in the third period and the final five goals of the game to drop the London Knights 5-1 in Ontario Hockey League play Wednesday night at the Sleeman Centre.
Alex Formenton gave London the early lead with the lone goal of the first period before Guelph’s Nate Schnarr tied it late in the second.
Dmitri Samorukov, Liam Hawel, Schnarr and Domenico Commisso added third-period goals for the hosts, three of them coming on power plays.
Owen Lalonde had two assists for the Storm while Commisso, Alexey Toropchenko, Isaac Ratcliffe, Nick Suzuki and Pavel Gogolev each had one.
Nathan Dunkley and Connor McMichael assisted on Formenton’s goal for London.
The Storm outshot London 34-31 and held the Knights scoreless on seven power plays while going 3-for-7 on their power play.
Nico Daws made 30 saves to get the win in the Guelph net while Jordan Kooy had 29 saves for the Knights.
With two games against the Erie Otters (26-36-3-1) left on their schedule, the Storm (38-18-6-4) knows it will finish fourth in the Western Conference.
Thanks to a 6-3 win by the Kitchener Rangers (33-29-3-1) over Erie Wednesday, the Storm also knows it will face the Rangers in the conference quarter-finals for the second year in a row. Kitchener won the best-of-seven series 4-2 last year.
While the remaining games against Erie mean nothing for the Storm, they mean a lot for the Otters who are ninth in the conference, three points behind the seventh-place Sarnia Sting (26-32-5-2) and two behind the eighth-place Windsor Spitfires (25-33-5-3). Top eight qualify for the playoffs which are to begin next week.
The Storm and Otters are to hook up at the Sleeman Centre Friday at 7:30 p.m. and at the Erie Insurance Arena Saturday at 7 p.m.
Storm Watch: Three stars Wednesday were Nico Daws (1st), Nate Schnarr (2nd) and Owen Lalonde (3rd)…Pavel Gogolev played in his first game since being hurt Jan. 2. He had an assist, giving him points in four of the six games he’s played for the Storm since being traded to Guelph in the deal that sent Ryan Merkley to the Peterborough Petes. Gogolev has three goals and six assists for the Storm…Isaac Ratcliffe remains two goals away from the 50-goal plateau. He’s been held without a goal in three consecutive games…Nate Schnarr is 6th in the scoring race with 102 points. Nick Suzuki is 11th with 90 points including 45 in 27 games with the Storm since being traded from the Owen Sound Attack.
Storm 5 Knights 1
1. London, Formenton (Dunkley, McMichael), 13:44
Penalties: Keane Ldn (high sticking, high sticking), 1:44; Turko Ldn (check from behind), 2:15; Toropchenko Gue (tripping), 6:04; Coome Ldn (check from behind), 11:28.
2. Guelph, Schnarr (Hawel), 15:20
Penalties: Roberts Gue (tripping), 2:07; Gordeev Gue (boarding), 2:25; Samorukov Gue (tripping), 3:09; Ratcliffe Gue (high sticking), 9:15; Gogolev Gue (tripping), 18:48; Formenton Ldn (slashing), Gordeev Gue (slashing), 20:00.
3. Guelph, Samorukov (Lalonde), 1:45
4. Guelph, Hawel (Commisso, Toropchenko), 7:35 pp
5. Guelph, Schnarr (Ratcliffe, Suzuki), 12:28 pp
6. Guelph, Commisso (Gogolev, Lalonde), 13:07 pp
Penalties: Bouchard Ldn (roughing), Schnarr Gue (roughing), 3:26; Tymkin Ldn (hooking), 7:24; Formenton Ldn (hooking, unsportsmanlike conduct, abuse of officials misconduct), 8:59; Cotter Ldn (unsportsmanlike conduct), Keane Ldn (roughing), Hawel Gue (roughing), 12:38; Gordeev Gue (tripping), 15:47; Coome Ldn (roughing), Toropchenko Gue (roughing), 20:00.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Kooy (L, 34 shots-29 saves), London; Daws (W, 31 shots-30 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): London 0-7; Guelph 3-7.
- Guelph Sports Journal