Game Stories: Knights sweep season season series over Guelph
The London Knights continued their dominance over the Guelph Storm this season sweeping the season series with a decisive 6-2 victory at the Sleeman Centre.
Looking to snap their current skid, the Storm turned to veteran Liam Herbst, while the Knights countered with Tyler Parsons.
The Knights are one of the top teams in the country, and they proved it early on opening the scoring six minutes into the opening frame. Janne Kuokkanen potted his 24th of the year on a slick feed from Adrian Carbonara.
Sam Miletic continued his strong play against the Storm recording his 34th of the year on a wrist shot from the boards.
The Storm quickly responded, cutting the Knights lead in half, just three minutes later. Nate Schnarr picked up the loose puck in the hash marks and promptly fired home his 17th goal of the year. Isaac Ratcliffe and Liam Stevens were credited with the assists on the play.
Guelph’s resiliency would see them enter the first intermission down by one, despite being outshot 13-6.
Things would take a turn for the worst for the Storm as the Knights added three goals in the period to take a commanding 5-1 lead.
Brandon Crawley opened the period’s scoring at the 5:54-minute mark with an accurate wrist shot. Dante Salituro followed that up burying the rebound for the power play tally. Carbonara would be the Knights final goal scorer of the period, driving hard to the net, for his 11th goal of the season.
Shots after two periods of play were 26-18 in favour of the visitors.
London would add one more goal to their total, as Mitchell Vande Sompel blew past the Storm defence and lifted the puck over Herbst’s shoulder.
The Storm would get one back five minutes later as Givani Smith put away the rebound for his 26th goal of the year. Ratcliffe and Garrett McFadden picked up the assists on the goal.
That would be as close as the Storm would get as the Knights would close out the 6-2 victory.
The final shot count was 38-32 in favour of the visiting side.
With the loss, the Storm fall to 20-38-4-2, while the win improves the Knights to 43-14-3-4, and with the win, the Knights improve to 43-14-3-4.
The Storm continue their four-game homestand on Tuesday night as they welcome Highway Seven rivals, the Kitchener Rangers to the Sleeman Centre for the final meeting of the season series. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm.
For tickets visit the Storm Box Office located on the second floor of the Old Quebec St. Shoppes, call 519-837-9690, or purchase online here!
- This was the sixth and final meeting between the two teams.
- London swept the season series 6-0.
- Givani Smith extended his point streak to three games.
London Knights 6 at Guelph Storm 2 – Status: Final
Sunday, March 12, 2017 – Sleeman Centre
London 2 3 1 – 6
Guelph 1 0 1 – 2
1st Period-1, London, Kuokkanen 24 (Carbonara, Bouchard), 6:27. 2, London, Miletic 34 (Mete, Piccinich), 10:26. 3, Guelph, Schnarr 17 (Ratcliffe, Stevens), 13:45. Penalties-Carbonara Ldn (interference), 14:23; Juolevi Ldn (roughing), 17:38; Smith Gue (roughing), 17:38.
2nd Period-4, London, Crawley 7 (MacDonald), 5:54. 5, London, Salituro 10 (Pu, Thomas), 8:54 (PP). 6, London, Carbonara 11 (Thomas), 17:40. Penalties-McFadden Gue (slashing), 7:22; Mattinen Ldn (interference), 12:47.
3rd Period-7, London, Vande Sompel 20 (Salituro), 9:28. 8, Guelph, Smith 26 (Ratcliffe, McFadden), 12:06 (PP). Penalties-Bouchard Ldn (ps_foul from behind), 5:15; Crawley Ldn (cross checking), 10:42; Formenton Ldn (roughing), 10:42; Merkley Gue (roughing), 10:42.
Shots on Goal-London 13-13-12-38. Guelph 6-12-14-32.
Power Play Opportunities-London 1 / 1; Guelph 1 / 3.
Goalies-London, Parsons 20-6-2-3 (32 shots-30 saves). Guelph, Herbst 13-22-4-1 (38 shots-32 saves).
Referees-Steve Picco (24), Josh Schein (27).
Linesmen-Andrew Smith (51), Kevin Hastings (61).
- LDN Adrian Carbonara
- LDN Robert Thomas
- GUE Isaac Ratcliffe
- 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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