Coming off two big wins over the Barrie Colts on Friday and the Owen Sound Attack on Saturday, the Guelph Storm were halted by Midwest Division rivals, the London Knights, on Sunday afternoon at the Sleeman Centre.
Out of the gates with plenty of jump while having their fair share of chances, the Storm just couldn’t convert in the opening frame, heading into the second period with zeroes across the board.
The Knights jumped ahead to a 3-0 lead in the second period, only to add a quick tally in the third to lay the ground work for a 5-1 final.
Cedric Ralph scored the lone goal for the Storm, recording his third goal in just as many nights, while Anthony Popovich returned to the crease for the home squad, making 31 out of 36 saves.
Evan Bouchard earned first star honours, posting one goal and two assists, with Max Jones receiving second star recognition for two goals in the win. Between the pipes, Joseph Raaymakers turned aside 28 of 29 Guelph attempts.
Three of the Knights’ five goals came on the man-advantage, starting with the game’s opening tally with Isaac Ratcliffe in the box for checking from behind. Receiving a nice feed in the slot, Bouchard posted his eighth of the season at the 6:47 mark of the middle frame.
In the latter half of the second, Jones added two more for the Knights, first putting one past Popovich off an odd angle shot from the goal line. His second of the game came minutes later with 2:19 remaining in the period as Liam Hawel was awarded a match-slew foot call. On the extended power play, Jones, while right on Popovich’s doorstep, netted his second of the game and his 13th of the season to make it a 3-0 game with 20 minutes left to play.
To start the third, the Knights quickly made it a 4-0 contest, killing any sort of comeback hope for the Storm, as Cliff Pu walked in from the point to put a power play tally over Popovich’s shoulder just 37 seconds into the period.
Just over two minutes later Ralph broke the shutout bid for Raaymakers, receiving a feed from Zach Poirier and skated it in to grab his ninth of the season.
Alex Formenton put the cap on the 5-1 final for the Knights with just over 12 minutes remaining in the game.
The Storm look to get back into the win column this Friday, playing host to the Erie Otters for a 7:30pm puck drop in what will be Guelph’s Holiday Toy Drive. Purchase your tickets online here, by calling (519) 837-9690, or in person at the Storm Box Office at Old Quebec Street Mall.
London Knights 5 at Guelph Storm 1 – Status: End of Game
Sunday, November 26, 2017 – Sleeman Centre
London 0 3 2 – 5
Guelph 0 0 1 – 1
1st Period– No Scoring. Penalties-Turko Ldn (slashing), 5:21; Ratcliffe Gue (check from behind), 5:55; McFadden Gue (slashing), 9:36; Whittaker Ldn (too many men), 11:39; Poirier Gue (roughing), 19:30; Thomas Ldn (roughing), 19:31.
2nd Period-1, London, Bouchard 8 (Pu, Formenton), 6:47 (PP). 2, London, Jones 12 (Foudy), 13:55. 3, London, Jones 13 (Pu, Bouchard), 17:41 (PP). Penalties-Hillis Gue (hooking), 6:03; Hawel Gue (match-slew foot), 16:24.
3rd Period-4, London, Pu 12 (Thomas, Bouchard), 0:37 (PP). 5, Guelph, Ralph 9 (Poirier, Merkley), 2:40. 6, London, Formenton 8 (Rollo, Foudy), 8:40. Penalties-Whittaker Ldn (roughing), 6:14; Toropchenko Gue (roughing), 6:14; Toropchenko Gue (roughing), 8:14; Ratcliffe Gue (cross checking), 16:18.
Shots on Goal-London 11-11-14-36. Guelph 12-9-8-29.
Power Play Opportunities-London 3 / 6; Guelph 0 / 2.
Goalies-London, Raaymakers 11-3-1-0 (29 shots-28 saves). Guelph, Popovich 11-8-1-1 (36 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Mike Marley (31), Jesse Wilmot (17).
Linesmen-Jean-Francois Menard (52), Mike Harrington (90).