Game Stories: Storm fall in wild season finale
The Guelph Storm wrapped up the 2016-17 Ontario Hockey League regular season with an 8-5 loss to the Owen Sound Attack on Sunday, March 19.
Liam Herbst made the start for the Guelph Storm in his final OHL game, while the Attack countered with their starter, Michael McNiven.
A back-and-forth opening frame saw Owen Sound open the scoring by taking advantage of the first power play of the game just under six minutes into the game. Ethan Szypula registered his 11th goal of the year with a snap shot over the shoulder of Herbst.
Guelph quickly countered, tying the game less than two minutes later, as James McEwan deflected a shot by Nate Schnarr past McNiven. Albert Michnac picked up the second assist on the goal.
The Attack lead would be restored just three minutes later when Zachary Roberts converted on the odd-man rush.
However, Guelph continued to showcase their resiliency, capitalizing on their first power play of the game on a wrist shot from the point by Ryan Merkley. Givani Smith and Schnarr were credited with the assists on the game-tying goal.
After 20 minutes of play, the score was tied at two, while the Storm led in shots, 11-6.
The high-scoring affair continued in the second period, as the Attack scored two goals in very quick succession, just five minutes into the period, by Santino Centorame and Jonah Gadjovich.
However, the Storm continued to claw their way back into the game and would cut the lease less than a minute later with Matt Hotchkiss scoring his 14th of the year on a breakaway attempt. Luke Moncada intercepted the puck and sprung Hotchkiss for the game.
The 17 seconds later, Isaac Ratcliffe banged home the loose puck to tie the game at four. Liam Hawel recorded the lone assist on Ratcliffe’s 28th of the year.
The scoring was not done yet, as Petrus Palmu potted his 41st of the year at the 12:52 mark.
Following the second period of play, the Attack led 5-4, while outshooting the Storm 22-15.
Heading into the third period the Storm were looking to even the game early, but it would be the Attack scoring first with Roberts scoring his second goal of the night.
Refusing to give up, Hawel snuck the puck past a sprawling McNiven for his ninth of the year. Ratcliffe and Herbst picked up the assists on the goal.
That would be as close as the Storm would get, as Maksim Sushko and Roberts would add two more goals including an empty-net tally to close out the 8-5 win in their record-setting season.
Final shots at the end of the game were 36-20 in favour of the visitors.
With the loss, the Storm finishes the season with a record of 21-40-5-2, while the Owen Sound win improves them to 49-15-2-2, clinching third in the Western Conference.
- The Storm and the Attack met for the eighth and final time on Sunday evening.
- The Attack won the season series, 6-2.
- Ryan Merkley extended finished the season with four games.
- The Storm concluded the 2016-17 campaign against the Attack on Sunday, finishing the campaign with a (21-40-5-2) record.
Owen Sound Attack 8 at Guelph Storm 5 – Status: Final
Sunday, March 19, 2017 – Sleeman Centre
Owen Sound 2 3 3 – 8
Guelph 2 2 1 – 5
1st Period-1, Owen Sound, Szypula 11 (Phillips, Durzi), 5:44 (PP). 2, Guelph, McEwan 19 (Schnarr, Michnac), 7:22. 3, Owen Sound, Roberts 8 (Schmalz, Pryce), 10:44. 4, Guelph, Merkley 12 (Smith, Schnarr), 14:54 (PP). Penalties-Merkley Gue (slashing), 5:37; Friend Os (tripping), 13:38.
2nd Period-5, Owen Sound, Centorame 7 (Palmu, Szypula), 5:46. 6, Owen Sound, Gadjovich 45 (Palmu, Hancock), 6:39 (PP). 7, Guelph, Hotchkiss 14 (Moncada), 7:45. 8, Guelph, Ratcliffe 28 (Hawel ), 8:02. 9, Owen Sound, Palmu 41 (Szypula), 12:51. Penalties-Szypula Os (interference), 1:24; Ratcliffe Gue (hooking), 1:24; Makkonen Gue (cross checking), 5:46; Gadjovich Os (holding), 16:32; Samorukov Gue (clipping), 19:36.
3rd Period-10, Owen Sound, Roberts 9 (Phillips, Schmalz), 4:05. 11, Guelph, Hawel 9 (Ratcliffe, Herbst), 9:42. 12, Owen Sound, Sushko 18 (Phillips, Szypula), 15:46 (PP). 13, Owen Sound, Roberts 10 (Suzuki, Phillips), 17:43 (EN). Penalties-Cameron Os (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 8:12; Schnarr Gue (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 8:12; Schnarr Gue (high sticking), 13:47.
Shots on Goal-Owen Sound 6-16-14-36. Guelph 11-4-5-20.
Power Play Opportunities-Owen Sound 3 / 4; Guelph 1 / 2.
Goalies-Owen Sound, McNiven 41-9-2-2 (20 shots-15 saves). Guelph, Herbst 14-23-4-1 (35 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Jason Goldenberg (19), Ben Wilson (32).
Linesmen-Justin Tang (80), Andrew Smith (51).
- OS Ethan Szypula
- GUE Isaac Ratcliffe
- OS Markus Phillips