Storm topped by Otters who net two quick goals in second
GUELPH – The Guelph Storm surrendered a pair of goals 39 seconds apart as they were edged 4-2 by the Erie Otters in Ontario Hockey League play Wednesday night at the Sleeman Centre.
The Storm led 2-1 at the end of the first period, but Erie’s quick pair of goals in the final five minutes of the second put the Otters up 3-2. Erie added an empty-netter with 48 seconds to go in the third.
Cedric Ralph and Pavel Gogolev scored the goals for the Storm while Keegan Stevenson and Gogolev each had an assist.
Chad Yetman scored the first and fourth goals for Erie while Connor Lockhart and Jacob Golden also scored. Maxim Golod assisted on three of the goals while single assists were recorded by Lockhart, Elias Cohen, Mathew MacDougall and Kyen Sopa.
The Otters outshot the Storm 24-23, but were scoreless on three power plays while the locals went 1-for-5 on their power play.
Nico Daws was charged with the loss in the Storm net. He had 20 saves while winning netminder Aidan Campbell had 21 for Erie.
The Storm is third in the Midwest Division at 24-19-1-4. That’s one point ahead of the fourth-place Owen Sound Attack (23-19-3-3) and two ahead of Erie (21-18-3-6). All three have played 48 games.
The Guelph squad is also sixth in the Western Conference standings. Top eight qualify for the playoffs and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds are ninth at 23-25-2-0, five points behind the Storm. However, the Storm has two games in hand on the Greyhounds.
The Storm and Greyhounds are to play Friday at Sault Ste. Marie’s GFL Memorial Gardens. Game time is 7:07 p.m.
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- Guelph Sports Journal