Win over Attack puts Storm atop division
GUELPH – The Guelph Storm vaulted to the top of the Midwest Division with a 6-3 victory over the Owen Sound Attack in Ontario Hockey League play Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.
The Storm struck for three goals in the third period to secure their fifth consecutive victory. The Storm has scored six goals in each of those wins.
The win lifted the Storm’s record to 5-1-1-0, good for first in the Midwest Division and a tie for top spot in the Western Conference.
Kitchener Rangers are second in the division at 4-1-2-0 and are followed by the London Knights at 4-2-0-0, Owen Sound at 3-5-0-0 and Erie Otters at 1-5-1-0.
The Storm is tied with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (5-3-1-0) for first in the conference, but the Guelph side has two games in hand. Saginaw Spirit are third at 4-2-1-0.
Friday, the Storm broke a tie with a goal midway through the second period and they pulled away with three goals in the third. The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of the first and Guelph led 3-2 at the end of the second.
Mark Woolley, Liam Hawel, Tag Bertuzzi, Alexey Toropchenko, Ryan Merkley and Isaac Ratcliffe scored for the Storm. Domenico Commisso assisted on three of the goals while Bertuzzi. Owen Lalonde and Nate Schnarr each had two assists and Zach Poirier had one.
Overage centre Commisso has five assists in three games with the Storm since being acquired in a deal with the Oshawa Generals.
Daylon Groulx had two goals for Owen Sound while Jackson Doherty scored the other one. Kaleb Pearson collected two assists while Markus Phillips and Sean Durzi each had one.
The Storm was outshot 38-28 including a 29-17 advantage for Owen Sound after the first period. Guelph also went 1-for-3 on its power play while Owen Sound went 1-for-2.
Anthony Popovich made 35 saves to get the win in the Guelph net while Mack Guzda had 22 saves in the loss for Owen Sound.
The game was the first of the Storm’s first 3-in-3 weekend of the season. They’re to play the Sarnia Sting at Sarnia’s Progressive Auto Sales Arena Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and host the London Knights at the Sleeman Centre Sunday at 2 p.m.
Storm 6 Attack 3
Owen Sound 1-1-1–3
1. Owen Sound, Doherty (Pearson), 4:44
2. Guelph, Woolley (Commisso), 9:14
Penalty: Bourque OS (roughing), 18:58.
3. Guelph, Hawel (Bertuzzi, Lalonde), 2:11 pp
4. Owen Sound, Groulx (Phillips, Pearson), 7:27 pp
5. Guelph, Bertuzzi (Commisso, Lalonde), 10:59
Penalties: Phillips OS (slashing), 0:19; Ratcliffe Gue (check from behind), 6:01; Durzi OS (unsportsmanlike conduct), Poirier Gue (unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:28.
6. Guelph, Toropchenko (Commisso, Bertuzzi), 7:05
7. Owen Sound, Groulx (Durzi), 8:49
8. Guelph, Merkley (Poirier, Schnarr), 13:10
9. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Schnarr), 18:51 en
Penalty: Poirier Gue (interference), 10:28.
Shots on Goal
Owen Sound 9-14-15–38
Goalies: Guzda (L, 27 shots-22 saves), Owen Sound; Popovich (W, 38 shots-35 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Owen Sound 1-2; Guelph 1-3.
- Guelph Sports Journal