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Game Stories: Storm top Frontenacs in OT thriller

On Sunday, December 11, the Guelph Storm welcomed the Kingston Frontenacs to town for a cross-conference clash to end a busy week for the Storm. In the Storm’s annual Teddy Bear Toss game, the Storm went back to veteran Liam Herbst to face the Frontenacs Jeremy Helvig. The Storm would prevail in the highly entertaining game in front of the home crowd in overtime.

Energized in front of the big home crowd, the Storm got off to a quick start pressuring the Frontenacs early, but would quickly turn the other way when the Storm took a five-minute major penalty for checking from behind.

The Frontenacs utilized the extended power play to build momentum and would jump out to lead just before their power play came to an end, scored by Warrant Foegele.

Back to even-strength, the Storm were hungry to tie up the game and at the 10:09 mark, Ryan Merkley danced around the Kingston defenders and beat Helvig to tie the game, and cue the downpour of teddy bears onto the ice

After 20 minutes of play, the scored was tied at one, while the visitors outshot the Storm 16-12.

It was a much slower start to kick off the second period, with a limited amount of chances being traded by both sides.

This trend would be broken with just over five minutes left in the period when Luke Burghardt jammed home the puck on the power play to give the Storm their first lead.

Late in the period saw the Storm run into some penalty trouble but the penalty kill unit came up big, killing off the penalties.

With two periods in the books, the storm led 2-1, despite being outshot 30-25.

Entering the third period with the lead the Storm looked to put the game away early in the period, but it was Frontenacs forward Jason Robertson to sneak one past Herbst to tie the game back up.

Putting the goal behind them, the Storm quickly rebounded as Garrett McFadden sent a wrist shot off the glove of Helvig and into the net, to restore the one-goal lead.

Desperate to claw their way back into the game, the Frontenacs continued to mount the pressure, which would eventually work when Stephen Desrocher blasted a puck past Herbst to tie the game, with just over two minutes remaining in the game.

Three periods of play would solve nothing, tied at three goals each, with Kingston getting the advantage in the shots department leading 37-29.

If you blinked you might’ve missed the ending to overtime, as Givani Smith won the draw and broke out on a rush, his shot resulted in a rebound which was promptly buried by Merkley for his second of the game.

The final shots were 37-30 for the visitors.

Herbst made 34 saves in the win, while Helvig stopped 26 of 30 shots.

With the win, the Storm improve to 11-17-2-1, and the loss moves the Frontenacs to 13-14-2-1

The Storm are back in action on Friday night as they head to London to take on the Knights in a divisional match up.

GAME NOTES

  • Isaac Ratcliffe’s scoring streak ended, however, he picked up an assist to extend his point streak to six games.
  • Ryan Merkley extended his point streak to three games, recording four goals and two assists in during that span.
  • This is the final meeting between the two teams, splitting the season series with one win each.

Kingston Frontenacs 3 at Guelph Storm 4 (OT) – Status: Final OT
Sunday, December 11, 2016 – Sleeman Centre

Kingston 1 0 2 0 – 3
Guelph 1 1 1 1 – 4

1st Period-1, Kingston, Foegele 8 (Nichol, Robertson), 6:28 (PP). 2, Guelph, Merkley 5 (Ralph, Sicoly), 10:09. Penalties-Bricknell Gue (check from behind, game misc-cfb), 2:05; Smith Gue (high sticking), 10:34; Ratcliffe Gue (high sticking), 15:46; Murray Kgn (slashing), 18:20.

2nd Period-3, Guelph, Burghardt 7 (Hotchkiss, Michnac), 14:51 (PP). Penalties-Cranford Kgn (misc – persisting), 0:15; Cranford Kgn (misc-helmet), 10:15; Nyman Kgn (holding), 13:03; Cranford Kgn (fighting), 15:15; Tetrault Gue (fighting), 15:15; Ratcliffe Gue (hooking), 15:50; Carroll Gue (holding), 16:46; Merkley Gue (high sticking, high sticking), 18:13.

3rd Period-4, Kingston, Robertson 13 (Foegele), 2:15. 5, Guelph, McFadden 5 (Merkley, Michnac), 4:05. 6, Kingston, Desrocher 5 (Robertson, Billitier), 17:38. Penalties-Rhodes Gue (delay of game), 9:24.

OT Period-7, Guelph, Merkley 6 (Ratcliffe, Smith), 0:15. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Kingston 16-14-7-0-37. Guelph 11-14-4-1-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Kingston 1 / 9; Guelph 1 / 2.
Goalies-Kingston, Helvig 12-10-3-1 (30 shots-26 saves). Guelph, Herbst 8-11-2-1 (37 shots-34 saves).
A-4,286
Referees-Joe Celestin (4), Joe Monette (25).
Linesmen-Jordan Browne (93), Dustin McCrank (68).

 

3 STARS

  1. GUE Ryan Merkley
  2. KGN Warren Foegele
  3. GUE Albert Michnac
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