Storm’s third-period surge nets win over London
LONDON – Four consecutive goals in the third period sparked the Guelph Storm to a 7-5 victory over the London Knights in Ontario Hockey League play Tuesday night at the Budweiser Gardens.
The game against Midwest Division-leading London was the first of a week that has the Storm scheduled to play three of the OHL’s four division leaders.
The Storm and Knights were tied 1-1 at the end of the first period before London took a 3-2 lead by the end of the second thanks to a pair of goals in the final six minutes of that period.
However, the Storm shot ahead 6-3 by the 12-minute mark of the third.
All three of the players the Storm obtained in trades last weekend picked up points in the game as did defenceman Dmitri Samorukov who was playing in his first game for the Storm since Dec. 14. He’d been playing for the bronze medal-winning Russian squad at the world junior tournament in Vancouver.
Samorukov and MacKenzie Entwistle each had two assists while Fedor Gordeev and Markus Phillips each had one assist.
Isaac Ratcliffe and Nate Schnarr scored twice apiece while single goals were netted by Domenico Commisso, Cedric Ralph and Ty Collins. Ralph also had two assists while Collins, Alexey Toropchenko and Commisso had one apiece.
William Lochead, Cole Tymkin, Adam Boqvist, Nathan Dunkley and Sahil Panwar scored for London. Kevin Hancock, who had a hat trick against the Storm last week while playing for the Owen Sound Attack, had two assists for his new team, the Knights. Paul Cotter also had two assists while Connor McMichael, Jacob Golden, Liam Foudy, Joey Keane and Alex Turko each had one.
The Storm outshot London 35-31 and went 2-for-5 on their power play while London went 1-for-4.
Anthony Popovich stopped 26 shots for the win in the Guelph net while Jordan Kooy was charged with the loss for London. He replaced starter Joseph Raaymakers at 1:50 of the third period after the Storm scored twice in a span of 34 seconds. Kooy yielded two of the Storm’s goals in his stint and Guelph also scored an empty-netter.
The win leaves the Storm (20-12-3-4) second in the Midwest Division behind London (26-6-4-1). It also put an end to a three-game losing streak.
The Storm are to play the Central Division-leading Niagara IceDogs (23-9-6-0) at St. Catharines Thursday at 7 p.m., the Kitchener Rangers (17-19-3-0) at Kitchener Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the East Division-leading Ottawa 67’s (29-7-3-1) at the Sleeman Centre Sunday at 2 p.m.
Storm 7 Knights 5
1. Guelph, Commisso (Ralph, Samorukov), 11:04 pp
2. London, Lochead (Hancock, McMichael), 15:44 pp
Penalties: Ratcliffe Gue (slashing), 7:04; Tymkin Ldn (slashing), 9:25; Ratcliffe Gue (hooking), 14:24; Moskal Ldn (interference), 17:03; Schnarr Gue (slashing), 18:42.
3. Guelph, Ralph (Collins, Gordeev), 7:44
4. London, Tymkin (Golden, Foudy), 14:24
5. London, Boqvist (Cotter, Hancock), 18:56
Penalty: Phillips Gue (hooking), 15:14.
6. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Phillips), 1:16
7. Guelph, Collins (Toropchenko, Ralph), 1:50
8. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Entwistle, Commisso), 10:32
9. Guelph, Schnarr (Entwistle), 11:32 pp
10. London, Dunkley (Cotter, Keane), 13:13
11. Guelph, Schnarr (Samorukov), 17:15 en
12. London, Panwar (Turko), 19:04 sh
Penalties: Keane Ldn (tripping), 6:47; Turko Ldn (high sticking), 10:47; Golden Ldn (roughing), 18:32.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Popovich (W, 31 shots-26 saves), Guelph; Raaymakers (41:50, 22 shots-18 saves), Kooy (L, 16:31, 12 shots-10 saves), London.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 2-5; London 1-4.
- Guelph Sports Journal