Storm roars back to topple Knights
LONDON – The Guelph Storm spotted the London Knights a two-goal lead before roaring back for a 7-3 victory in Ontario Hockey League play Tuesday night at Budweiser Gardens.
London scored the first two goals of the game, but the Storm responded with five consecutive goals – one in the final minute of the first period and the other four in the second.
London led 2-1 after the first and the Storm was up 5-2 after the second.
The Knights got the gap down to two three and a half minutes into the third, but the Guelph side restored its three-goal advantage 41 seconds later.
Isaac Ratcliffe and Sean Durzi netted two goals apiece for the Storm while Liam Hawel, MacKenzie Entwistle and Nick Suzuki added one apiece. Nate Schnarr assisted on three of the goals while Alexey Toropchenko and Suzuki each had two assists and Markus Phillips, Cedric Ralph, Keegan Stevenson, Dmitri Samorukov and Fedor Gordeev had one each.
London’s goals were scored by Cole Tymkin, Kevin Hancock and Evan Bouchard while single assists were awarded to Bouchard, Alex Formenton, Adam Boqvist and Alec Regula.
The Storm outshot London 41-35, but were scoreless on their two power plays while the Knights went 2-for-6.
Anthony Popovich turned aside 32 shots for the win in the Storm net while Jordan Kooy took the loss in relied of starter Joseph Raaymakers. Kooy allowed four goals on 22 shots and Raaymakers gave up three goals on 19 shots.
The win, the Storm’s fourth in a row, improves their record to 33-16-6-4. They’re fourth in the Western Conference, 13 points behind conference-leading London (41-12-6-1), nine behind the runner-up Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (39-13-6-1) and seven behind the Saginaw Spirit (39-15-2-3). They’re also 14 ahead of the Kitchener Rangers (29-26-3-1) and 16 ahead of the Owen Sound Attack (27-26-4-2).
The Storm are to play the Erie Otters, ninth in the Western Conference at 24-31-2-1, at Erie Wednesday at 7 p.m. They’re also to host the Windsor Spitfires, eighth in the conference at 24-29-4-3, Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.
Storm 7 Knights 3
1. London, Tymkin (unassisted), 1:16
2. London, Hancock (Bouchard, Formenton), 14:57 pp
3. Guelph, Hawel (Toropchenko, Phillips), 19:38
Penalties: Schnarr Gue (holding), 7:29; Ratcliffe Gue (high sticking double minor), 14:26.
4. Guelph, Entwistle (Ralph, Stevenson), 2:00
5. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Schnarr), 3:31
6. Guelph, Durzi (Schnarr, Suzuki), 4:53
7. Guelph, Durzi (Toropchenko, Samorukov), 10:22
Penalties: Commisso Gue (tripping), 5:13; Toropchenko Gue (cross checking), 8:04; Keane Ldn (hooking), 13:53.
8. London, Bouchard (Boqvist, Regula), 3:32 pp
9. Guelph, Suzuki (Schnarr), 4:13
10. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Suzuki, Gordeev), 18:26
Penalties: Ratcliffe Gue (interference), 2:12; Lochead Ldn (check to the head, check to head game misconduct), 5:58.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Popovich (W, 35 shots-32 saves), Guelph; Raaymakers (24:52, 19 shots-16 saves), Kooy (L, 35:08, 22 shots-18 saves), London.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 0-2; London 2-6.
- Guelph Sports Journal