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Game Stories: Storm thumped by Knights

A depleted blue-line became too much to overcome on Sunday afternoon, as the Guelph Storm dropped their fourth matchup to the London Knights.

The Knight were off to a strong start to the period but were matched by strong team effort defensively by the Storm.

London would break the ice on a power play goal by Janne Kuokkanen on the rebound of a blocked shot by Ryan Merkley.

Guelph quickly countered six seconds into their own power play attempt, when James McEwan fired a blast from the point the got past Tyler Johnson.

As the period went on, the Knight offensive pressure continued to mount and they would add two goals in the final five minutes from Mitchell Stephens and Sam Miletic.

Carrying a 3-1 lead into the intermission, the Knights also led in shots 9-8.

The Knights offence continued to roll when rookie Liam Foudy buried the puck past Anthony Popovich just three minutes into the period.

Just over a minute later the Knights would add to the lead with a goal by Miletic to make it 5-1 London.

Guelph continued to battle with scoring opportunities of their own by Johnson was there to make the key saves.

Before the period expired the Knights would add on to their lead with a late goal by Robert Thomas to take a 6-1 lead into the break.

After 40 minutes of play, the StormThe Storm would lead in shots 23-21 through two periods of play.

Liam Herbst entered the Storm net for the start of the third, but the Knights strong possession play continued to cause havoc in the Storm zone.

London would add two more goals in the third to close out an 8-1 victory. Pu and Dante Salituro were the Knights goal scorers for the third.

Final shots were 31-30 in favour of the Knights.

With the loss, the Storm fall to 20-33-3-2 and with the win, the Knights improve to 40-12-3-4.

Next, it’s a rare Tuesday night contest for the Storm as they travel Highway Seven for the next installment of the Highway Seven series versus the Kitchener Rangers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

GAME NOTES

  • Sunday afternoon marked the fourth meeting between the two teams.
  • London now leads the season series 4-0.

London Knights 8 at Guelph Storm 1 – Status: Final
Sunday, February 26, 2017 – Sleeman Centre

London 3 3 2 – 8
Guelph 1 0 0 – 1

1st Period-1, London, Kuokkanen 23 (Pu, Bouchard), 7:25 (PP). 2, Guelph, McEwan 16 (Merkley, Schnarr), 14:11 (PP). 3, London, Miletic 29 (Piccinich), 15:27. 4, London, Stephens 21 (Juolevi, Kuokkanen), 19:36. Penalties-Hawel Gue (cross checking), 6:03; Pu Ldn (boarding), 14:05.

2nd Period-5, London, Foudy 8 (Mete, Salituro), 3:03. 6, London, Miletic 30 (Piccinich, Thomas), 4:10. 7, London, Thomas 16 (Mete, Piccinich), 15:32. Penalties-Foudy Ldn (roughing), 6:46; Merkley Gue (roughing), 6:46; Formenton Ldn (high sticking), 16:19.

3rd Period-8, London, Pu 33 (Kuokkanen, Stephens), 7:13. 9, London, Salituro 9 (Foudy), 7:54. Penalties-McEwan Gue (hooking), 1:16; Bouchard Ldn (high sticking), 10:43; Stephens Ldn (high sticking), 15:41.

Shots on Goal-London 9-12-10-31. Guelph 8-15-7-30.
Power Play Opportunities-London 1 / 2; Guelph 1 / 4.
Goalies-London, Johnson 12-5-0-0 (30 shots-29 saves). Guelph, Popovich 7-14-0-1 (21 shots-15 saves); Herbst 13-19-3-1 (10 shots-8 saves).
A-4,357
Referees-Ryan Moniz (21), Brent Coulombe (22).
Linesmen-Mike Harrington (90), David Jaskula (53).

 

3 STARS

  1. LDN Sam Miletic
  2. LDN Cliff Pu
  3. LDN JJ Piccinich
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