Suzuki helps power Storm past Kitchener
KITCHENER – Nick Suzuki collected six points as the Guelph Storm dropped the Kitchener Rangers 8-4 in Ontario Hockey League play Sunday at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
The Storm had all their scoring for the game finished by the end of the second period while Kitchener narrowed the gap with three goals in the third.
Guelph led 3-1 at the end of the first period and 8-2 after the second.
Suzuki gathered two goals and four assists in the game while Nate Schnarr had three goals and two assists. Markus Phillips, Ty Collins and Alexey Toropchenko each had a goal for the Storm while Dmitri Samorukov had three assists while Isaac Ratcliffe, Owen Lalonde, Cedric Ralph, Daniil Chayka, MacKenzie Entwistle and Liam Hawel each had one assist.
Joseph Garreffa, Justin MacPherson, Greg Meireles and Rickard Hugg scored the goals for Kitchener. Donovan Sebrango picked up two assists while Garreffa, Mike Petizian, MacPherson and Michael Vukojevic collected single assists.
The Storm outshot Kitchener 47-35 including a 36-16 advantage in the first two periods. Guelph also went 2-for-5 on its power play while the Rangers were scoreless on four power plays.
Anthony Popovich had 31 saves for the Storm while Kitchener starter Luke Richardson had 21 saves and his replacement Lucas Pfeil had 18 saves.
The Storm, fourth in the Western Conference at 36-16-6-4, is five points behind third-place Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds following their seventh consecutive win. The Storm has six games remaining on its regular-season schedule and can finish anywhere from second to fourth in the conference.
Kitchener is fifth at 30-28-3-1.
The Storm has a three-in-three next weekend as they’re to host the Saginaw Spirit (42-15-2-3) Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre, play the Owen Sound Attack (28-28-4-2) at Owen Sound Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and battle Kitchener again Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.
Storm 8 Rangers 4
1. Guelph, Schnarr (Samorukov, Suzuki), 0:57
2. Guelph, Schnarr (Suzuki, Ratcliffe), 11:04
3. Guelph, Phillips (Suzuki, Schnarr), 14:32
4. Kitchener, Garreffa (unassisted), 19:43
Penalties: Gentles Kit (high sticking), 1:07; Hawel Gue (holding), 5:17; Vukojevic Kit (hooking), 7:37; Schnarr Gue (elbowing), 12:14.
5. Guelph, Suzuki (Schnarr, Lalonde), 2:57
6. Guelph, Suzuki (Samorukov), 8:51 pp
7. Guelph, Schnarr (Suzuki, Samorukov), 9:32 pp
8. Guelph, Collins (Ralph, Chayka), 12:55
9. Guelph, Toropchenko (Entwistle, Hawel), 13:37
10. Kitchener, MacPherson (Garreffa, Sebrango), 15:35
Penalties: Valade Kit (hooking), 7:38; Cameron Kit (tripping), 8:20.
11. Kitchener, Meireles (Petizian, Sebrango), 3:03
12. Kitchener, Hugg (MacPherson, Vukojevic), 17:36
Penalties: Lalonde Gue (cross checking), 6:41; Ralph Gue (unsportsmanlike conduct), Sebrango Kit (roughing), 17:01.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Popovich (W, 35 shots-31 saves), Guelph; Richardson (L, 29:32, 27 shots-21 saves), Pfeil (30:28, 20 shots-18 saves), Kitchener.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 2-5; Kitchener 0-4.
- Guelph Sports Journal