Storm’s winning streak halted by Saginaw
GUELPH — The Guelph Storm saw their winning streak come to an end as they surrendered the first three goals of the game as they suffered a 5-3 loss to the Saginaw Spirit in Ontario Hockey League play Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.
The Storm had won its previous seven games.
Saginaw scored the only goal of the first period and extended their lead to 3-0 by the 13-minute mark of the second before the Storm narrowed the gap to 3-2 by the end of the period. The Spirit restored its two-goal advantage in the opening minute of the third and the Storm got that one back just under seven minutes later. Saginaw completed the scoring with an empty-netter with 27 seconds to go.
Isaac Ratcliffe, Liam Hawel and Dmitri Samorukov scored the goals for the Storm while assists were awarded to Nick Suzuki, Nate Schnarr, Zachary Roberts, Fedor Gordeev, Alexey Toropchenko and Hawel.
Ethan Cardwell, Camaryn Baber, Blade Jenkins, Ryan McLeod and Owen Tippett each had a goal for Saginaw while former Storm forward Albert Michnac had two assists and Baber, Justin Murray, Mason Millman, Nicholas Porco and Bode Wilde had one each.
The Storm outshot Saginaw 34-31 and neither team netted a power-play goal – Saginaw on two power plays and Guelph on four.
Anthony Popovich took the loss in the Storm net while Ivan Prosvetov had the win for the Spirit.
With just over a week to go in the regular season, the Storm (36-17-6-4) can finish anywhere from second to fourth in the Western Conference while Saginaw (43-15-2-3) can finish anywhere from first to fourth.
The game started a 3-in-3 weekend for the Storm as they’re to play the Owen Sound Attack (29-29-4-2) at Owen Sound Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and host the Kitchener Rangers (31-29-3-1) Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre in what could be a preview of a Western Conference quarter-final. The Storm is fourth in the conference and the Rangers are fifth.
The game also started a busy end to the regular season for the Storm as they’re to play five games in nine days. They’re to host the London Knights (45-12-6-1) Wednesday and the Erie Otters (25-34-3-1) Friday and finish off with a game at Erie March 16.
Spirit 5 Storm 3
1. Saginaw, Cardwell (Baber, Murray), 13:44
Penalties: Ratcliffe Gue (check to the head), 8:42; McLeod Sag (tripping), 14:33.
2. Saginaw, Baber (Millman, Michnac), 7:10
3. Saginaw, Jenkins (Porco, Wilde), 12:32
4. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Suzuki, Schnarr), 15:08
5. Guelph, Hawel (Roberts, Gordeev), 19:36
Penalties: Lemieux Sag (cross checking), 3:30; Baber Sag (hooking), 7:35; Gordeev Gue (slashing), 7:51.
6. Saginaw, McLeod (Michnac), 0:41
7. Guelph, Samorukov (Toropchenko, Hawel), 7:33
8. Saginaw, Tippett (unassisted), 19:33 en
Penalty: Baber Sag (delay of game), 3:21.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Prosvetov (W, 34 shots-31 saves), Saginaw; Popovich (L, 30 shots-26 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Saginaw 0-2; Guelph 0-4.
- Guelph Sports Journal