Storm uses another third-period rally for preseason win
GUELPH – Don’t leave early, you might miss the comeback.
For the second time in less than a week the Guelph Storm turned in a four-goal third period to rally for a victory in Ontario Hockey League preseason play.
Friday at the Sleeman Centre, the Storm scored four times in the final five minutes of the game to defeat the Niagara IceDogs 6-4.
Guelph Storm 6 Niagara 4
Sunday, the Storm scored four times in the third to defeat the Mississauga Steelheads 7-6 at Mississauga.
Jonah De Simone’s unassisted goal with just under six minutes to go in the game lifted Niagara to a 4-2 lead.
The Storm responded with their scoring spree, netting their four goals in a span of three minutes and 44 seconds. Cam Allen, Danny Zhilkin, Jake Karabela and Braeden Bowman each had a goal in the outburst.
Guelph native Karabela and Zhilkin had also scored earlier in the game.
Karabela had opened the scoring midway through the first period, but Niagara led 2-1 at the end of the period and 3-2 after the second.
Matthew Poitras collected three assists for the Storm while Bowman, Marko Sikic, Ryan McGuire, Jacob Maillet, Matthew Papais and Karabela had one each.
Declan Waddick, Rodwin Dionicio, Cameron Snow and De Simone tallied once apiece for Niagara with assists going to Aidan Castle and De Simone. Two of the goals came on unassisted efforts.
The Storm outshot Niagara 46-26 in the game thanks to a 20-6 advantage in the third period. They also dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 44 of the 62 faceoffs.
Niagara was scoreless on its only power play while Guelph went 1-for-5 as the Storm’s final goal came with a manpower advantage.
Owen Bennett and Jacob Oster shared the goaltending chores. They each allowed two goals while Bennett made 15 saves, Oster 11. Oster picked up the win.
Joseph Costanzo played the entire game in net for Niagara.
With three games to go in their preseason, the Storm are 2-1-0-0. Niagara also has three games to go and is at 1-1-0-1.
Karabela has three goals and two assists in the preseason while Poitras has a goal and four assists, Zhilkin three goals and one assist, Allen a goal and two assists and McGuire three assists. Five players have two points apiece.
Friday’s game was Bennett’s first appearance of the preseason and Oster’s third. Oster has a 2.71 goals-against average and .846 save percentage while Bennett’s at 3.97 GAA and .867 save percentage in three outings and Dixon Grimes is at 6.85 GAA and .811 save percentage in two outings.
The Storm and IceDogs are to meet again tonight (Saturday) at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines. Game time is 7 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal