A pair of streaks ended on Saturday night in Barrie in the Storm’s 4-2 loss versus the Colts. Barrie handed Guelph their first loss in three games, while Tanner Pearson snapped Garret Sparks’ shutout streak at 154 minutes.
Special teams were the difference in the game. Entering the night, the Colts owned the OHL’s second best powerplay and they made the Storm pay for their indiscrections in converting three of eight man advantage opportunities.
Pearson on the powerplay opened the scoring at the 8:34 mark of the second as he took advantage of an Andrey Pedan boarding minor with a wrist shot through traffic from just inside the blueline. Before the pa announcer had called Pearson’s 28th of the year, Erik Bradford grabbed a rebound in tight and pulled it backwards through his own legs into the empty net to make it 2-0 for the hosts.
Down 2-0 after two, the Storm cut the lead in half with their only powerplay goal of the evening. For the second time in as many games, Tyler Bertuzzi found the back of the cage with his third of the campaign from Ryan Horvat and Zach Leslie. All alone in front of the net, Bertuzzi grabbed Horvat’s deflected centering pass and backhanded it past Mathias Niederberger to put Guelph on the board. The Colts restored their two goal bulge only 44 seconds later with Kyle Pereira in the box. Mark Sheifele from a bad angle scored the third of the night as he slid out from behind the goal line and caught Sparks creating across the goal line. The Storm didn’t quit however as Scott Kosmachuk jumped on a loose puck in tight after the Barrie netminder couldn’t find the handle to bang it in for his 19th of the year. The 3-2 lead was as close as the visitors would come as a double minor to Pedan in the final two minutes led to Colin Behenna’s insurance tally making it a 4-2 final.
Tomorrow afternoon the Storm will be right back at it when they host the high flying Sarnia Sting at the Sleeman Centre at 2 pm.
Guelph Storm 2 at Barrie Colts 4 – Status: In Progress (2:12 remaining in 3rd)
Saturday, January 21, 2012 – Barrie Molson Centre
Guelph 0 0 2 – 2
Barrie 0 2 2 – 4
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Menard Gue (hooking), 6:30; Sutch Bar (interference), 15:58; Buonomo Bar (cross checking), 17:51.
2nd Period-1, Barrie, Pearson 28 (Beyers), 8:34 (PP). 2, Barrie, Bradford 2 (MacDonald, Sutch), 8:49. Penalties-Camara Bar (roughing), 0:39; Pereira Gue (hooking), 5:20; Pedan Gue (boarding), 8:17; Ezekiel Bar (cross checking), 13:01; McNeill Bar (cross checking), 13:17; served by Turcotte Gue (too many men), 18:35.
3rd Period-3, Guelph, Bertuzzi 3 (Horvat, Leslie), 5:51 (PP). 4, Barrie, Scheifele 17 (Beyers, Pearson), 6:35 (PP). 5, Guelph, Kosmachuk 19 (Menard), 13:30. 6, Barrie, Behenna 18 (Beyers, O’Connor), 18:42 (PP). Penalties-O’Connor Bar (interference), 4:05; Pereira Gue (hooking), 6:09; Gaskin Gue (delay of game), 10:11; Sutch Bar (interference), 10:40; Horvat Gue (head butt, game misc-head butt.), 14:04; Scheifele Bar (misc-abuse of off.), 17:00; Pedan Gue (check from behind, check from behind), 18:01.
Shots on Goal-Guelph 8-5-12-25. Barrie 15-10-20-45.
Power Play Opportunities-Guelph 1 / 7; Barrie 3 / 8.
Goalies-Guelph, Sparks 15-12-1-2 (45 shots-41 saves). Barrie, Niederberger 14-8-1-1 (25 shots-23 saves).
Referees-David Gauthier (28), Jason Faist (5).
Linesmen-Kevin Hastings (61), Dustin McCrank (68).