Storm rallies to slip by Niagara in overtime
GUELPH – The Guelph Storm scored the final three goals of the game, including the winner in overtime, as they rebounded from a two-goal deficit to edge the Niagara IceDogs 5-4 in Ontario Hockey League play Sunday at the Sleeman Centre.
The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of the first period before Niagara shot ahead 4-2 by the end of the second. The Storm tied it in the third, the tying goal coming with 13 seconds to go in regulation time.
Cam Hillis scored the winner for the Storm at 2:10 of overtime.
Keegan Stevenson, Danny Zhilkin, Fedor Gordeev and Daniil Chayka scored the regulation-time goals for the Storm. Eric Uba, Zhilkin and Stevenson each had two assists while Chayka, goaltender Nico Daws, Hillis and Gordeev each had one.
Cameron Butler, Jackson Doherty, Jonah De Simone and Mason Howard had the goals for Niagara. Assists were awarded to Jake Uberti, Adrien Beraldo, Butler, Isaac Enright, Dakota Betts and Oliver Castleman.
The Storm outshot the IceDogs 41-17 and won 46 faceoffs, twice as many as Niagara. Niagara was 0-for-2 on its power play while the Storm was scoreless on five power plays.
Owen Bennett started in net for the Storm, but was replaced by Daws after giving up four goals off 11 shots in 26 minutes. Daws stopped all six shots he faced to get the win. Christian Sbaraglia had 36 saves for the IceDogs.
The win was the Storm’s eighth in 11 games while the loss was the 14th consecutive setback for the IceDogs and their first in overtime during that stretch.
The Storm is third in the Midwest Division and sixth in the Western Conference at 30-19-2-5. They’re two points behind the Windsor Spitfires (32-19-5-0) in the conference standings and six points ahead of the Owen Sound Attack (27-22-4-3) in both the conference and division standings.
The Storm is to play the London Knights (38-15-1-1) at London’s Budweiser Gardens Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m.
Storm 5 IceDogs 4 (OT)
- Guelph Sports Journal