The scoreboard failed to do the Guelph Storm justice on Friday night, falling 6-0 to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, after a strong effort.
Looking to bounce back from Tuesday night’s loss the Storm turned to veteran goaltender Liam Herbst, while the Greyhounds countered with the red-hot Matthew Villalta.
It was a great start for the Storm, out playing the Greyhounds for the most of the opening frame.
But following a turnover at the offensive blue line, it was 1-0 for the hounds, after Zachary Senyshyn converted the odd man rush attempt.
Entering the first intermission, the Greyhounds led by one, while being outshot 15-10.
The Greyhounds wasted no time in extending their lead, as rookie Barrett Hayton scored just 29 seconds into the period.
Senyshyn would score just five minutes later, going upstairs to beat Herbst for his second of the game.
In the dying seconds of the period, Morgan Frost would score to give the Greyhounds a 4-0 lead heading into the second intermission.
Shots after 40 minutes of play were 28-22 for the visitors.
Early in the third, the Greyhounds ran into penalty trouble giving the Storm’s power play unit multiple looks.
The Storm threw everything they had towards Villalta, but lady luck wasn’t on Guelph’s side, hitting the goal posts several times.
Nearing the end of the Storm’s final power play, the Greyhounds countered quickly adding a shorthanded tally by Blake Speers, extending the lead to five.
Hayton would add one more before the final buzzer to cap a 6-0 win for the CHL’s 5th ranked team.
Final shots were 40-37 in favour of the Greyhounds.
With the loss, the Storm fall to 20-35-3-2, while the Greyhounds improve to 42-15-3-1.
It’s a quick turnaround for the Storm make their final trip up Highway Six to face rivals, the Owen Sound Attack on Saturday night for a 7:30 pm puck drop.
- Friday night was the fourth and final matchup between the two teams.
- The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds swept the season series 4-0.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 at Guelph Storm 0 – Status: Final
Friday, March 3, 2017 – Sleeman Centre
Sault Ste. Marie 1 3 2 – 6
Guelph 0 0 0 – 0
1st Period-1, Sault Ste. Marie, Senyshyn 38 (Frost, Gettinger), 6:46. Penalties-Hayton Ssm (hooking), 10:18; Merkley Gue (diving), 10:18.
2nd Period-2, Sault Ste. Marie, Hayton 8 (MacIntyre), 0:29. 3, Sault Ste. Marie, Senyshyn 39 (Gettinger, Hollowell), 6:22. 4, Sault Ste. Marie, Frost 17 (Gettinger), 19:33. Penalties-McEwan Gue (slashing), 11:18.
3rd Period-5, Sault Ste. Marie, Speers 14 (Katchouk), 10:56 (SH). 6, Sault Ste. Marie, Hayton 9 (Verbeek, MacIntyre), 13:24. Penalties-served by Gue (too many men), 0:41; Katchouk Ssm (holding opp. stick), 1:04; Bouramman Ssm (interference), 4:12; Frost Ssm (holding), 6:57; Carroll Ssm (roughing), 8:38; Gettinger Ssm (delay of game), 9:13.
Shots on Goal-Sault Ste. Marie 10-18-11-39. Guelph 15-7-15-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Sault Ste. Marie 0 / 2; Guelph 0 / 5.
Goalies-Sault Ste. Marie, Villalta 21-2-0-0 (37 shots-37 saves). Guelph, Herbst 13-20-3-1 (39 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Mike Marley (31), Matthew Traub (30).
Linesmen-Kevin Hastings (61), Andrew Smith (51).
- SSM Matthew Villalta
- SSM Zachary Senyshyn
- SSM Tim Gettinger