Wednesday night was one the Guelph Storm will quickly wish to forget, starting the game off on the wrong foot and never fully recovering, falling 6-2 to the Sarnia Sting to conclude a four-game road trip.
Anthony Popovich got the call in net for the Storm, while the sting countered with their ace, Justin Fazio.
Despite a slow start to the opening frame, the Sting jumped to an early first period lead when Nick Grima took a shot from the point which hit a couple bodies before sneaking past Popoivich, just one minute into the period.
Continuing to add to their lead, Adam Ruzicka banged home the loose puck, scoring his first goal of the game with a power-play marker at the 8:41-minute mark.
The Storm would get on the board at the 11:54-minute mark, as Dmitri Samorukov’s wrist shot trickled past Fazio, who got a piece of the puck but not enough. Luke Moncada was credited with the lone assist on the goal.
Sarnia, however, quickly countered to restore their two-goal lead, on Ruzicka’s second of the game just 39 seconds later.
Shots after 20 minutes of play were 15-8 in favour of Sarnia while leading 3-1.
Looking for a spark the Storm brought in Liam Herbst in relief of Popovich, but Sarnia was unfazed and would add to their lead with two quick goals from Louis Latta and Franco Sproviero.
Guelph would get one back a minute after Sproviero’s tally when Givani Smith tipped home the Isaac Ratcliffe shot for his 21st of the year.
Sarnia’s power play would strike again with just over five minutes left in the period on Jordan Ernst’s sixth goal of the season.
After two periods of play, the Sting led 6-2, while outshooting the Storm 30-20.
The third period was a quiet one in the goals department, but the Herbst was tested often and early, putting forth a tremendous third-period effort to close out the game.
Final shots were 48-28 in favour of the Sting.
The Storm return to action Friday night when they make their return to the Sleeman Centre to host the Barrie Colts.For tickets visit the Storm Box Office at Old Quebec St. Shoppes, by phone at 519-837-9690 or by clicking here!
- This was the third of four meetings between the two teams, the Sting now lead the season series 2-1.
Guelph Storm 2 at Sarnia Sting 6 – Status: Final
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – Progressive Auto Sales Arena
Guelph 1 1 0 – 2
Sarnia 3 3 0 – 6
1st Period-1, Sarnia, Grima 3 (Salinitri), 1:19. 2, Sarnia, Ruzicka 19 (King, Ernst), 8:41 (PP). 3, Guelph, Samorukov 4 (Moncada), 11:54. 4, Sarnia, Ruzicka 20 (Salinitri), 12:33. Penalties-Ruzicka Sar (tripping), 5:20; Moncada Gue (hooking), 7:42; Sproviero Sar (hooking), 13:49.
2nd Period-5, Sarnia, Latta 3 (King, McGregor), 6:38. 6, Sarnia, Sproviero 12 (Josling), 8:40. 7, Guelph, Smith 21 (Ratcliffe), 9:36. 8, Sarnia, Ernst 6 (Rymsha, Kyrou), 14:50 (PP). Penalties-Smith Gue (tripping), 1:43; Lindo Sar (hooking), 3:54; King Sar (cross checking), 11:54; Samorukov Gue (hooking), 13:18; Hawel Gue (interference), 16:24; McEwan Gue (slashing), 19:45.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Rymsha Sar (inter. on goaltender), 3:54; Schlichting Sar (tripping), 7:30.
Shots on Goal-Guelph 8-12-8-28. Sarnia 15-15-18-48.
Power Play Opportunities-Guelph 0 / 6; Sarnia 2 / 5.
Goalies-Guelph, Popovich 6-12-0-1 (15 shots-12 saves); Herbst 12-18-3-1 (33 shots-30 saves). Sarnia, Fazio 19-15-3-1 (28 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Chris Thornton (13), Ben Moser (18).
Linesmen-Andrew Smith (51), Brad Horan (75).
- SAR Adam Ruzicka
- SAR Jordan Ernst
- SAR Anthony Salinitri
- This weekend the Storm play at home on Friday, February 17, against the Barrie Colts and on Monday, February 20, versus the Flint Firebirds, giving Storm fans the chance to take advantage of the Weekend Pass ticket deal! For more information on the Weekend Pass deal, click here!
- Tuesday, February 21: Served by the Storm is back! Just us as the Storm players trade in their sticks for plates as they act as servers throughout the night to meet and greet fans at Bobby O’Brien’s and Opus in downtown Guelph, in support of the Adopt-A-School program. For more information and to purchase your ticket, click here!
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