Storm slips by Saginaw in shootout in rescheduled game
SAGINAW – Pavel Gogolev’s goal in a shootout lifted the Guelph Storm to a 3-2 victory over the Saginaw Spirit in Ontario Hockey League play Wednesday night at Saginaw’s Dow Event Center.
Gogolev was the only one of the six shooters (three aside) to score in the shootout.
The Storm never led in the game until Gogolev’s goal, but never trailed by more than a goal.
Dalton Duhart opened the scoring for the hosts in the first period and Matthew Papais pulled Guelph even later in the period, about six and a half minutes after Duhart’s goal.
Mason Millman put the Spirit ahead again just under two minutes after Papais had tied it.
Saginaw remained a goal ahead until Cooper Walker tied it for the Storm at 8:04 of the third with his first OHL goal.
Zack Terry and Cam Hillis each had an assist in the game for the Storm while Davis Codd, D.J. Busdeker and Duhart each had an assist for Saginaw.
Saginaw outshot the Storm 40-30 and neither team netted a power-play goal, Saginaw on five power plays and the Storm on two.
The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 2, but had to be rescheduled due to problems with the ice at the Saginaw arena.
The Storm (16-5-1-3) moves into a tie with the London Knights (17-5-1-1) for first place in both the Western Conference and Midwest Division, but London has a game in hand. Saginaw (14-9-2-2) is tied for second in the West Division with the Flint Firebirds (16-10-0-0) and Flint has a game in hand.
The Storm are to host the Barrie Colts (send in Central Division at 13-8-1-1) Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre and London Sunday at 2 p.m.
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- Guelph Sports Journal