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Game Stories: Storm fall on historic night for the Otters

It was a historic night for the Erie Otters as they capped their record-setting season with a 5-2 win over the Guelph Storm.

With the Storm heading into their second game of their three-in-three weekend, rookie Anthony Popovich got the call, while the Otters countered with starting goaltender, Troy Timpano.

The number one offence in the league went straight to work, building and maintaining pressure throughout the first period, but Popovich was stellar stopping all 18 shots he faced.

Despite their early struggles, the Storm held onto a 0-0 tied heading into the first intermission, while being outshot 18-2.

However, Guelph wasn’t as lucky in the second period, as the Otters broke out for three quick goals, to start the period.

Erie opened the scoring five minutes into` the middle frame, on Warren Foegele’s 27th goal of the year from the slot. Taylor Raddysh followed that up with a power-play marker just over a minute late, before Jordan Sambrook scored his 15th goal of the year.

The Storm would get one back when Albert Michnac scored his 15th goal of the year on the power play. Ryan Merkley and Garrett McFadden were credited with the assists on the goal.

However, the Otters offence would continue to dominate. Alex DeBrincat scored his 65th goal of the year just two minutes later, setting a new single-season franchise mark.

Anthony Cirelli would add one more before the end of the period, for the Otters second power-play goal of the game.

After 40 minutes of play, the Storm trailed 5-1 while being outshot 34-7.

The third and final frame was fairly quiet as both teams traded chances, but both goalies stayed strong to keep the score the same.

Nate Schnarr added a goal with just 15 seconds left in the game, for the Storm’s second power-play goal of the game. McFadden and Merkley picked up the assists for their second points of the game.

Final shots for the game were 47-16, in favour of the Erie Otters.

With the loss, the Storm fall to 21-39-5-2, while the Otters secure their second straight Hamilton Spectator Trophy, with a final record of 50-15-2-1. Erie becomes the first team in CHL history to record four straight 50-win seasons.

The Storm return home on Sunday night as they host the Owen Sound Attack for their final game of the season. Puck drop is slated for 6:30 pm at the Sleeman Centre.

GAME NOTES:

  • This was the sixth and final meeting of the season between the Midwest Divisional rivals.
  • The Otters won the season series 4-2.
  • Garrett McFadden extended his point streak to four games.
  • Ryan Merkley extended his point streak to three games.

Guelph Storm 2 at Erie Otters 5 – Status: Final
Saturday, March 18, 2017 – Erie Insurance Arena

Guelph 0 1 1 – 2
Erie 0 5 0 – 5

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Samorukov Gue (interference), 12:51.

2nd Period-1, Erie, Foegele 27 (Cirelli), 5:09. 2, Erie, Raddysh 42 (Cirelli, Raddysh), 6:49 (PP). 3, Erie, Sambrook 15 (Pettit), 7:29. 4, Guelph, Michnac 15 (Merkley, McFadden), 11:32 (PP). 5, Erie, DeBrincat 65 (Raddysh), 13:07. 6, Erie, Cirelli 25 (DeBrincat, Raddysh), 16:29 (PP). Penalties-Rhodes Gue (boarding), 5:32; Lodnia Er (interference), 8:54; Cernak Er (boarding), 10:08; Makkonen Gue (tripping), 14:26; McFadden Gue (delay of game), 15:31.

3rd Period-7, Guelph, Schnarr 18 (McFadden, Merkley), 19:45 (PP). Penalties-Stevens Gue (slashing), 17:17; Raddysh Er (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 17:17; Ratcliffe Gue (roughing), 19:12; DeBrincat Er (slashing), 19:12; Fellows Er (boarding), 19:36.

Shots on Goal-Guelph 2-5-9-16. Erie 18-16-13-47.
Power Play Opportunities-Guelph 2 / 3; Erie 2 / 4.
Goalies-Guelph, Popovich 7-17-1-1 (47 shots-42 saves). Erie, Timpano 36-8-0-0 (16 shots-14 saves).
A-6,707
Referees-Pat Myers (40), Aaron Neely (15).
Linesmen-Cory Piche (87), Chris Holmstead (55).

3 STARS

  1. ER Alex DeBrincat
  2. ER Anthony Cirelli
  3. ER Darren Raddysh
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