Looking to snap their current five-game skid the Guelph Storm had their hands full with a red-hot Owen Sound Attack squad who were in search of getting their franchise record 11th straight win. The Storm called upon veteran Liam Herbst to square off against one of the OHL’s best, Michael McNiven. The Attack proved to be too much to handle winning 8-2, to take the 3-2 lead in the Highway Six series.
It was a rough start for the Storm as they headed straight to the penalty kill on a double minor against Givani Smith. However, the Storm’s special teams unit stood strong and killed off the tough four-minute power play to open the game.
Shortly after the kill, the Storm went back on the penalty kill after Brock Philips tripped up Markus Philips to prevent a scoring chance. However, this penalty kill had a different ending, as Kevin Hancock buried the loose puck seconds into the power play to make it 1-0.
The Storm quickly countered scoring their own goal just 40 seconds later when Nick Deakin-Poot banged home a loose puck coming off a blast from the point from Nolan Makkonen. The assist was Makkonen’s first OHL point in his first OHL game. Barret Kirwin picked up the other assist on the goal.
The Storm continued their strong play and followed that up with another goal four minutes later. Isaac Ratcliffe was credited with the goal after a shot from Kyle Rhodes deflected off the winger’s skate and past McNiven. Nate Schnarr was credited with the other assist on the play.
However, this time it was the Attack with the quick counter, finding the equalizer just over a minute after Ratcliffe’s marker.
Philips’ equalizer proved to be the turning point as the home team regained the lead four minutes later on a power move by Matthew Struthers.
They then extended the lead with just 20 seconds left in the period when Jonah Gadjovich shot the puck off of Dmitri Samorukov’s stick and into the net.
After 20 minutes the score was 4-2 for Owen Sound while outshooting the Storm 16-8.
Owen Sounds relentless attack continued to dominate early in the second, when Gadjovich beat Herbst for his second of the game, four minutes into the period.
The Storm were able to settle the game down following the goal, as that would be the lone goal of the second period.
The Attack carried a 5-2 lead into the second intermission while outshooting the Storm 31-17.
The Storm would open the third on the penalty kill that carried over into the second, and the Attack capitalized once again as Gadjovich tipped a puck past Herbst for his third straight goal for the natural hat-trick.
Owen Sound quickly followed this up with another marker as Petrus Palmu picked up the Storm turnover and busted into the Storm’s zone and rifled the puck home to make it 7-2. The goal came just 3:09 into the final frame.
The Attack would add one more with a little over three minutes left in the period when Zachary Roberts lifted the puck just over Herbst’s shoulder to give the Attack the 8-2 win.
Final shots were 42-23 in favour of the home team.
With the loss, the Storm fall to 14-23-2-2, while the streaking Attack move to 27-13-1-0.
- Nolan Makkonen recorded his first OHL point in his OHL debut an impressive feat and is the third Storm rookie to do so this season.
- Isaac Ratcliffe extended his point streak to three games.
- The Attack now lead the Highway Six series 3-2, and the Storm will look to even it back up Friday night when both teams return to Guelph on the back-end of the home-and-home series. Get your tickets online, visit the Storm Box Office in Old Quebec Street Shoppes, or call (519) 837-9690.
Guelph Storm 2 at Owen Sound Attack 8 – Status: Final
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre
Guelph 2 0 0 – 2
Owen Sound 4 1 3 – 8
1st Period-1, Owen Sound, Hancock 18 (Gadjovich, Centorame), 7:40 (PP). 2, Guelph, Deakin-Poot 3 (Makkonen, Kirwin), 8:20. 3, Guelph, Ratcliffe 19 (Rhodes, Schnarr), 12:12. 4, Owen Sound, Phillips 6 (Roberts, Durzi), 13:44. 5, Owen Sound, Struthers 4 (Roberts, Dudas), 17:31. 6, Owen Sound, Gadjovich 22 (Durzi), 19:40. Penalties-Smith Gue (cross checking, unsportsmanlike cnd.), 0:34; Philips Gue (tripping), 6:07; Makkonen Gue (tripping), 14:26.
2nd Period-7, Owen Sound, Gadjovich 23 (Suzuki, Hancock), 4:33. Penalties-Moncada Gue (slashing), 7:02; Smith Gue (hooking), 12:19; Centorame Os (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 12:19; Moncada Gue (hooking), 19:50.
3rd Period-8, Owen Sound, Gadjovich 24 (Centorame, Hancock), 0:42 (PP). 9, Owen Sound, Palmu 24 3:09. 10, Owen Sound, Roberts 5 (Durzi, Dudas), 16:11. Penalties-McFadden Gue (delay of game), 7:31; Gadjovich Os (slashing), 8:03; Deakin-Poot Gue (roughing), 19:54; Schmalz Os (roughing), 19:54.
Shots on Goal-Guelph 8-9-6-23. Owen Sound 16-15-11-42.
Power Play Opportunities-Guelph 0 / 0; Owen Sound 2 / 7.
Goalies-Guelph, Herbst 8-14-2-1 (42 shots-34 saves). Owen Sound, McNiven 22-7-1-0 (23 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Mike Hamilton (8), Ben Moser (18).
Linesmen-Kevin McArthur (47), Kevin Hastings (61).
- OS Jonah Gadjovich
- OS Kevin Hancock
- OS Santino Centorame
The 2016-17 Season is proudly presented by RBC.