Storm tops Erie again to finish regular season
ERIE – As the Guelph Storm prepares to play the Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League’s Western Conference quarter-finals for the second consecutive year, three players who didn’t play in last year’s series accounted for the Storm’s scoring in a 5-2 victory over the Erie Otters Saturday night at the Erie Insurance Arena.
That game brought the curtain down on the regular season for both the Storm and the Otters.
MacKenzie Entwistle struck for a hat trick for the Storm while Zachary Roberts and Ty Collins added single goals. Entwistle, who brought his seasonal total to 30 goals, played for the Hamilton Bulldogs last season while Roberts was with the Owen Sound Attack and Collins was playing minor midget hockey.
Entwistle, Luka Profaca, Fedor Gordeev, Isaac Ratcliffe and Ben McFarlane each had one assist for Guelph.
Hayden Fowler and Gera Poddubnyi scored the goals for Erie while Petr Cajka assisted on both goals and Emmett Sproule and Jamie Drysdale each had one assist.
The Storm outshot Erie 33-32 and went 1-for-2 on their power play while Erie went 1-for-3.
Nico Daws stopped 30 shots to get the win in the Guelph net while first star Cole Ceci had 28 saves for Erie.
After a scoreless first period in a game that absolutely nothing for the standings, the Storm scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the second before Erie tied it up with two goals later in the period. The Storm won it with three goals in the third.
The Storm finished the regular season fourth in the Western Conference at 40-18-6-4. Erie is ninth at 26-38-3-1.
The best-of-seven playoff series between the Storm and fifth-place Kitchener is to start Friday at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Storm 5 Otters 2
Penalties: Collins Gue (tripping), 5:56; Bench Erie (too many men served by D’Amato), 9:11.
1. Guelph, Roberts (Entwistle), 2:22 sh
2. Guelph, Entwistle (Profaca, Gordeev), 9:03
3. Erie, Fowler (Cajka, Sproule), 16:36
4. Erie, Poddubnyi (Drysdale, Cajka), 19:50 pp
Penalties: Hawel Gue (hooking), 0:48; Ratcliffe Gue (check to the head), 19:21.
5. Guelph, Entwistle (Ratcliffe), 3:35 pp
6. Guelph, Collins (McFarlane), 9:02
7. Guelph, Entwistle (unassisted), 19:27 en
Penalty: Cajka Erie (tripping), 2:29.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Daws (W, 32 shots-30 saves), Guelph; Ceci (L, 32 shots-28 saves), Erie.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 1-2; Erie 1-3.
- Guelph Sports Journal