Storm topples Kitchener to open playoffs
GUELPH – The Guelph Storm struck for the first three goals of the game as they opened their Ontario Hockey League playoffs with a 4-2 victory over the Kitchener Rangers Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.
Despite getting the first three goals, the Storm needed an empty-netter with 1:10 to go to cement the victory after Kitchener scored twice earlier in the third period.
The Storm had scored twice in the first period and once in the second.
A total of 10 players had points for the Storm and only Nate Schnarr had more than one as he had a goal and an assist. The other goals were scored by Zachary Roberts, Alexey Toropchenko and MacKenzie Entwistle while single assists went to Dmitri Samorukov, Isaac Ratcliffe, Keegan Stevenson, Sean Durzi, Liam Hawel and Nick Suzuki.
Greg Meireles and Cole Cameron scored for Kitchener while Justin MacPherson assisted on both goals. Joseph Garreffa and Riley Damiani also had one assist apiece.
The Storm outshot Kitchener 34-24 after starting with a 19-3 advantage in the first period. The hosts also went 1-for-3 on their power play and held the Rangers scoreless on their two power plays.
Anthony Popovich had 22 saves to get the win in the Guelph net while Luke Richardson made 30 saves in the Kitchener net.
Second game of the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.
Storm 4 Rangers 2
1. Guelph, Schnarr (Samorukov, Ratcliffe), 5:33 pp
2. Guelph, Roberts (Stevenson, Durzi), 16:24
Penalty: Valade Kit (hooking), 5:12.
3. Guelph, Toropchenko (Hawel, Schnarr), 5:36
Penalty: Entwistle Gue (high sticking), 13:18.
4. Kitchener, Meireles (MacPherson, Garreffa), 1:00
5. Kitchener, Cameron (MacPherson, Damiani), 11:26
6. Guelph, Entwistle (Suzuki), 18:50 en
Penalties: Petizian Kit (hooking), 2:21; MacPherson Kit (interference), 5:35; Toropchenko Gue (delay of game), 13:44; Meireles Kit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Richardson (L, 32 shots-29 saves), Kitchener; Popovich (W, 24 shots-22 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Kitchener 0-2; Guelph 1-3.
- Guelph Sports Journal