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Game Stories: Storm tame Colts in 6-2 victory

Following a disappointing road trip, the Guelph Storm’s offence was firing on all cylinders tonight en route to a 6-2 win over the Barrie Colts in front of the 4,235 loud Storm faithful.

The goaltending match-up, saw the veteran versus the rookies, as the Storm called upon Liam Herbst, while Christian Propp got the start for the Colts.

It was a perfect start for the Storm, jumping to a quick lead just four minutes into the period. Carrying the puck into the Colts zone, Ryan Merkley fired the puck on net, which bounced off a driving Nick Deakin-Poot following the initial save. Kyle Rhodes was credited with the other assist.

Guelph would quickly double their lead when Barret Kirwin potted his fourth of the season on a nice cross-ice feed from Albert Michnac. Dmitri Samorukov picked up the other assist on the goal.

The Storm would close out a strong opening period with a 2-0 lead, while leading in shots, 12-6.

The second period featured plenty of chances for both teams but Herbst and Propp were there to make the timely saves early on.

Barrie would cut into the lead, seven minutes into the period when Zachary Magwood rifled a wrist shot past Herbst.

The Storm closed the period with some quality chances on a five-on-three power play but were unable to beat Propp.

After 40 minutes of play, the Storm led 2-1 while outshooting the Colts 28-14.

Opening the third period with more pressure, the Storm headed to the power play two minutes into the final frame. Making no mistake, Merkley buried the wrist shot from the point to reach the 40-point mark. Michnac and Isaac Ratcliffe picked up the assists on the play.

Cedric Ralph extended the lead to three, just four minutes later. Merkley and Michnac earned the assists on the goal for their third points of the night.

Following a minor penalty to the Storm, Anthony Stefano banged home the loose puck to pull the Colts to within one.

But that was as close as they would get, as the Storm restored their three-goal lead, nine seconds later when Nolan Makkonen sprung Deakin-Poot on a breakaway sneaking it under the pad of Propp. Rhodes pick up the other assist, for his second helper of the night.

Givani Smith capped the Storm scoring with his 22nd of the year on a one-timer from the slot on a great feed from James McEwan. Quinn Hanna was credited with the second assist on the goal.

Final shots were 40-29 in favour of the Storm.

It’s a quick turnaround for the Storm as they head to Windsor tomorrow for a Saturday clash against the Spitfires. The Storm then return home for the annual RBC Family Day game Monday afternoon when they host the Flint Firebirds, followed by the last Skate with the Storm and a Star performance featuring world championship skaters! For tickets to Monday’s game visit the Storm Box Office at Old Quebec St. Shoppes, by phone 519-837-9690 or by clicking here!

GAME NOTES

  • This was the second and final match-up between the two teams, the Storm swept the season series 2-0.
  • With three points, Ryan Merkley becomes the first Storm rookie to hit the 40-point mark since Hunter Garlent in 2011-12.
  • Albert Michnac’s become the fourth member of the team to reach 30 points, this season.
  • Tonight marks the first multi-goal game of Nick Deakin-Poot’s OHL career.

Barrie Colts 2 at Guelph Storm 6 – Status: Final
Friday, February 17, 2017 – Sleeman Centre

Barrie 0 1 1 – 2
Guelph 2 0 4 – 6

1st Period-1, Guelph, Deakin-Poot 4 (Merkley, Rhodes), 4:05. 2, Guelph, Kirwin 4 (Michnac, Samorukov), 5:55. Penalties-Magwood Bar (hooking), 15:30.

2nd Period-3, Barrie, Magwood 14 (Finoro), 6:59. Penalties-Schnarr Gue (high sticking), 1:36; Finoro Bar (slashing), 12:21; Hawerchuk Bar (slashing), 13:09.

3rd Period-4, Guelph, Merkley 9 (Michnac, Ratcliffe), 2:17 (PP). 5, Guelph, Ralph 6 (Merkley, Michnac), 6:10. 6, Barrie, Stefano 18 (Hawerchuk), 10:51 (PP). 7, Guelph, Deakin-Poot 5 (Makkonen, Rhodes), 11:02. 8, Guelph, Smith 22 (McEwan, Hanna), 13:17. Penalties-Tucker Bar (slashing), 2:07; Keane Bar (hooking), 3:29; Ralph Gue (diving), 3:29; Smith Gue (tripping), 10:46; Deakin-Poot Gue (boarding), 17:27.

Shots on Goal-Barrie 6-8-15-29. Guelph 12-16-12-40.
Power Play Opportunities-Barrie 1 / 3; Guelph 1 / 4.
Goalies-Barrie, Propp 5-15-1-0 (40 shots-34 saves). Guelph, Herbst 13-18-3-1 (29 shots-27 saves).
A-4,235
Referees-Matthew Traub (30), Scott Ferguson (35).
Linesmen-Jean-Francois Menard (52), Drew Jackson (57).

3 STARS

  1. GUE Ryan Merkley
  2. GUE Albert Michnac
  3. GUE Nick Deakin-Poot
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