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Storm recover from loss to edge Greyhounds

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – The Guelph Storm weren’t about to be blown away for a second consecutive night.

The Storm struck for five goals in the second period and then held on to edge the Soo Greyhounds 6-5 in Ontario Hockey League play Saturday night at GFL Memorial Gardens.

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The Greyhounds had won 9-4 Friday night.

Saturday, the teams were tied 1-1 at the end of the first period before the Storm shot ahead 6-2 by the end of the second. The Greyhounds closed the gap with three goals in three minutes and 39 seconds late in the period, but they couldn’t get the equalizer.

Six players scored for the Storm as Sasha Pastujov, Jake Karabela, Valentin Zhugin, Daniil Chayka, Matthew Papais and Danny Zhilkin each had a goal. Pastujov also had three assists while Michael Buchinger and Jacob Maillet had two apiece and Zhilkin, Chayka and Matthew Poitras had one each.

Bryce McConnell-Barker scored twice for the Greyhounds while single goals were added by Cole MacKay, Tye Kartye and Ryan O’Rourke. Getting one assist apiece were Kirill Kudryavtsev, Jacob Holmes, Connor Toms, Rory Kerins, Marc Boudreau, O’Rourke, Tanner Dickinson and Robert Calisti.

Sault Ste. Marie outshot the Storm 35-27 and both teams were scoreless on their power plays, Guelph on two and Soo on three.

Jacob Oster had 30 saves for the win in the Guelph net while Samuel Ivanov started in goal for the hosts, but was relieved by Charlie Schenkel at 13:39 of the second period after Guelph’s sixth goal. Ivanov had 11 saves while Schenkel stopped all 10 shots fired his way.

London Knights (9-1-0-0) and the Greyhounds (9-5-0-0) are equal on points atop the Western Conference while the Storm are third at 7-5-1-0.

The Storm have three games next week as they’re to play the Knights at London’s Budweiser Gardens Tuesday at 7 p.m., host the Erie Otters (ninth in the conference at 3-6-1-0) Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre and play the Owen Sound Attack (eighth in the conference at 4-6-1-1) at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre next Saturday at 7:30 p.m.


  • Guelph Sports Journal