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Game Stories: Knights hand the Storm fifth straight loss

The London Knights put on a clinic Thursday night, dominating the Guelph Storm 8-2, handing the Storm their fifth straight loss.

Veteran goaltender, Liam Herbst made 36 saves in the loss, while Tyler Parsons was near perfect making 26 saves in his 29th appearance this season.

Guelph got off to a strong start to open the game applying pressure on London, holding the Knights without a shot until the 6:18 mark. However, that is when things went south for the Storm, as Owen MacDonald went upstairs to beat Herbst to open the scoring.

London would strike again, 10 minutes later on Olli Juolevi’s power play for his ninth goal of the year,

After 20 minutes of play, the Knights would lead 2-0 while outshooting the Storm 10-9.

The Knights would continue to dominate the play, adding three more goals to their lead in the middle frame. Starting with Victor Mete’s 15th of the year, which would eventually become the game-winning goal.

Sam Militec continued his strong play against Guelph this season scoring just 10 seconds later. JJ Piccinich would add to London’s lead in the dying moments of the period.

Following two periods of play, the Storm trailed 5-0, while being outshot 27-16.

The Storm got on the board early to start the third, as James McEwan continued his hot play burying the Givani Smith rebound just one minute into the period.

London would add three more goals with Miletic and Piccinich both scoring their second goals of the game, while Josh Nelson potted his fourth of the year.

With under a minute left in the game, Nick Deakin-Poot walked out in front and slid the puck past Parsons to make it an 8-2 final.

The final shots were 44-28 in favour of the home team.

With the loss, the Storm fall to 20-36-4-2, while the win improves the Knights to 42-13-3-4, as they keep pace in the Western Conference standings.

It’s a quick turnaround for the Storm as they’re back in action Friday night when the play host to the Saginaw Spirit, followed by a Sunday matinee against the London Knights for their final contest of the season. Friday night’s puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

GAME NOTES

  • Thursday night was the fifth of six meetings between the two teams.
  • London leads the season series 5-0.

Guelph Storm 2 at London Knights 8 – Status: Final
Thursday, March 9, 2017 – Budweiser Gardens

Guelph 0 0 2 – 2
London 2 3 3 – 8

1st Period-1, London, MacDonald 16 (Miletic, Mattinen), 6:18. 2, London, Juolevi 9 (Bouchard, Pu), 16:11 (PP). Penalties-Smith Gue (instigator, fighting, misc-instigating), 3:24; Carbonara Ldn (fight-inst. upon), 3:24; Hawel Gue (slashing), 7:31; Samorukov Gue (tripping), 15:22.

2nd Period-3, London, Mete 15 (Stephens, Formenton), 13:51. 4, London, Miletic 32 (Piccinich), 14:01. 5, London, Piccinich 23 (Vande Sompel, Thomas), 18:04. Penalties-Crawley Ldn (hooking), 1:31.

3rd Period-6, Guelph, McEwan 17 (Smith), 1:26. 7, London, Miletic 33 (MacDonald), 11:35. 8, London, Piccinich 24 (Miletic, Thomas), 15:22. 9, London, Nelson 4 (Bouchard, Foudy), 18:52. 10, Guelph, Deakin-Poot 7   19:10. Penalties-Deakin-Poot Gue (hooking), 9:07; Hotchkiss Gue (instigator, fighting, game misc-inst. (last 5:00)), 18:28; Crawley Ldn (boarding, fight-inst. upon), 18:28.

Shots on Goal-Guelph 9-7-12-28. London 10-17-17-44.
Power Play Opportunities-Guelph 0 / 1; London 1 / 4.
Goalies-Guelph, Herbst 13-21-4-1 (44 shots-36 saves). London, Parsons 19-5-2-3 (28 shots-26 saves).
A-8,932
Referees-Ryan Hutchison (20), Joe Monette (25).
Linesmen-Kevin Hastings (61), Brad Horan (75).

3 STARS

  1. LDN JJ Piccinich
  2. LDN Sam Miletic
  3. LDN Owen MacDonald

Upcoming Events…

  • This weekend the Storm play at home on Friday, March 10, against the Saginaw Spirit and on Sunday, March 12, versus the London Knights, giving Storm fans the chance to take advantage of the Weekend Pass ticket deal! For more information on the Weekend Pass deal, click here!
  • Wednesday, March 15: Head on over to Buffalo Wild Wings on Harvard Road for the annual Buffalo Wild Wings Charity Server night. Storm players will serve guests and meet fans from 6-8pm in support of Guelph Wish Fund for Children. For more information, click here!

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