Storm sunk by Sting’s second-period outburst
GUELPH – The Guelph Storm surrendered four goals in a span of three minutes and 10 seconds in the second period as they were dropped 6-2 by the Sarnia Sting in Ontario Hockey League play Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.
The teams had scored once apiece before Sarnia’s outburst.
The Sting had scored the only goal of the first period and led 5-3 after the second before scoring the only goal of the third.
Alexey Toropchenko had a goal and an assist for the Storm while Nate Schnarr scored the other goal. Also getting one assist apiece were Markus Phillips, Fedor Gordeev and Liam Hawel.
Sarnia received goals from Nick Grima, Jamieson Rees, Justin McCombs, Hugo Leufvenius, Brayden Guy and Sean Josling. Franco Sproviero, Jacob Perreault and Anthony Tabak each had two assists and Rees and Grima had one each.
The Storm outshot Sarnia 39-25, but was scoreless on five power plays while the Sting went 1-for-5.
Anthony Popovich took the loss in the Storm net. He had 13 saves and was replaced by Nico Daws after Sarnia’s fourth goal of the game and third of the outburst. Daws went the rest of the way and had six saves.
Cameron Lamour grabbed the win for Sarnia with 36 saves including one off Guelph’s Nick Suzuki on a penalty shot in the second. Ethan Langevin made one save in the minute he played early in the second to give an ill Lamour a break.
The Storm remains fourth in the Western Conference at 27-14-6-4. Sarnia is sixth at 23-23-5-2, one point behind the Owen Sound Attack (25-23-2-2) who have three wins in their last 10 games. The Storm and Sting could be first-round playoff opponents.
London Knights lead at 37-7-5-1 and are the lone team in the conference to have clinched a playoff berth. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds are second at 33-12-5-1 and Saginaw Spirit third at 33-14-2-2.
The Storm and Sting are to meet again Saturday at Sarnia’s Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
Sting 6 Storm 2
1. Sarnia, Grima (unassisted), 14:17
Penalties: Hill Sar (hooking), 0:53; Grima Sar (delay of game), 17:04.
2. Guelph, Schnarr (Phillips, Toropchenko), 4:36
3. Sarnia, Rees (Sproviero, Perreault), 8:27
4. Sarnia, McCombs (unassisted), 8:52
5. Sarnia, Leufvenius (Perreault, Rees), 11:08 pp
6. Sarnia, Guy (Tabak, Grima), 11:37
7. Guelph, Toropchenko (Gordeev, Hawel), 12:44
Penalties: Toropchenko Gue (tripping), 10:42; Entwistle Gue (high sticking), 14:13; Perreault Sar (hooking), 14:28; Samorukov Gue (check to the head), 18:13; Phillips Gue (tripping), 19:01.
8. Sarnia, Josling (Sproviero, Tabak), 9:02
Penalties: Gordeev Gue (interference), 3:16; Sproviero Sar (holding), 6:47; Josling Sar (inter. on goaltender), 10:44; Jakovljevic Sar (roughing), Entwistle Gue (roughing), 15:17; Guy Sar (unsportsmanlike conduct), Schnarr Gue (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:37.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Lamour (W, 59:01, 38 shots-36 saves), Langevin (0:59, 1 shot-1 save), Sarnia; Popovich (L, 31:08, 17 shots-13 saves); Daws (28:52, 8 shots-6 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Sarnia 1-5; Guelph 0-5.
- Guelph Sports Journal