Storm rides fast start to win over Petes
PETERBOROUGH – Four goals in the first period started the Guelph Storm on the way to a 5-3 victory over the Peterborough Petes in Ontario Hockey League play Thursday night at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.
While the Storm grabbed the early lead, the Petes cut the gap to a single goal with three goals in the first six minutes of the second period.
That was all the scoring in the game until Isaac Ratcliffe potted an empty-netter with 22 seconds to go in the contest.
That goal was Ratcliffe’s second of the game while Alexey Toropchenko, Keegan Stevenson and Liam Hawel also scored for the Storm. Hawel, Nate Schnarr, Cedric Ralph, Owen Lalonde, Toropchenko, Fedor Gordeev, Sean Durzi and Dmitri Samorukov each had one assist.
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, Erik Cermak and Brady Hinz scored a goal apiece for Peterborough and assists were awarded to Adam Timleck, Nick Robertson, Christopher Paquette, Hinz, Ryan Merkley and Cermak.
The Storm outshot Peterborough 22-7 in the first period and 39-33 overall, but were scoreless on their two power plays while the Petes went 1-for-4.
Anthony Popovich had 30 saves for his fourth consecutive win and 20th of the season for the Storm. Hunter Jones was charged with the loss. He played the first period while Tye Austin played the final two and stopped all 16 shots he faced.
The Storm (23-12-4-4) is second in the Midwest Division behind the London Knights (29-7-4-1) and fourth in the Western Conference behind London, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (28-10-4-1) and Saginaw Spirit (26-12-2-2).
Peterborough (22-18-1-1) is third in the East Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference.
The Storm is to host the Owen Sound Attack (22-16-2-2) Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre. The Attack is third in the Midwest Division and fifth in the Western Conference.
Storm 5 Petes 3
1. Guelph, Toropchenko (Hawel, Schnarr), 1:13
2. Guelph, Stevenson (Ralph, Lalonde), 1:44
3. Guelph, Hawel (Toropchenko, Gordeev), 10:55
4. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Durzi, Samorukov), 14:01
5. Peterborough, Der-Arguchintsev (Timleck, Robertson), 0:59
6. Peterborough, Cermak (Paquette, Hinz), 3:55
7. Peterborough, Hinz (Merkley, Cermak), 5:47 pp
Penalties: Schnarr Gue (delay of game), 4:28; Entwistle Gue (high sticking), 8:28; Robertson Pbo (tripping), 14:13.
8. Guelph, Ratcliffe (unassisted),19:38 en
Penalties: Gordeev Gue (cross checking, cross-checking game misconduct), 5:00; Schnarr Gue (hooking), 12:46; Paquette Pbo (tripping), 12:57.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Popovich (33 shots-30 saves), Guelph; Jones (L, 20:00, 22 shots-18 saves), Austin (39:06, 16 shots-16 saves), Peterborough.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 0-2; Peterborough 1-4.
- Guelph Sports Journal