Storm yields first goal then storms back to topple Greyhounds
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – The Guelph Storm scored five unanswered goals as they handed the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds a 5-1 setback in Ontario Hockey League play Friday night at Sault Ste. Marie’s GFL Memorial Gardens.
The hosts scored first, but their lead lasted 62 seconds before the Storm pulled even. Guelph led 2-1 at the end of the first period and scored the only goal of the second.
Andrei Bakanov had a pair of unassisted goals for the Storm while single goals were added by Fedor Gordeev, Cedric Ralph and Matthew Papais. Pavel Gogolev and Cam Hillis each had two assists and Bakanov had one.
Robert Calisti scored for Sault Ste. Marie with help from Billy Constantinou and Tanner Dickinson.
The Storm outshot Sault Ste. Marie 19-5 in the first period on their way to a 35-24 advantage in the game. Guelph also went 1-for-6 on its power play while the Greyhounds were scoreless on three power plays.
Nico Daws turned aside 23 shots to get the win in goal for Guelph while Nick Malik had 30 saves for Sault Ste. Marie.
The Storm moves back to third in the Midwest Division with the win. They’re at 25-19-1-4, one point ahead of the Owen Sound Attack (24-19-3-3) and three ahead of the Erie Otters (21-18-4-6). The Storm’s also sixth in the West Division and the top eight qualify for the playoffs.
The Greyhounds are fourth in the West Division and ninth in the West Division at 23-26-2-0. They’re four points behind Erie, but the Otters have two games in hand.
The Storm are to play the West Division-leading Saginaw Spirit (31-15-2-2) Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Saginaw’s Dow Events Center and the Midwest Division-leading London Knights (34-13-1-1) at London’s Budweiser Gardens Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Storm 5 Greyhounds 1
Sault Ste. Marie 1-0-0–1
- Guelph Sports Journal