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Game Stories: Storm topple CHL’s best

The Guelph Storm put together a full team effort for some Friday night magic, in a big 4-2 win against the Erie Otters.

Continuing their three-game home stand, the Storm welcomed the CHL’s top ranked team who looked to continue their 14-game win streak.

Rookie Anthony Popovich got the call in net to face off against the Otters’ Joseph Murdaca.

Guelph had an explosive opening period, finding the twine three times, starting with James McEwan’s opening markers just four minutes into the game. Albert Michnac and Ryan Merkley picked up the assists on the play.

McEwan would find the back of the net once more, with less than five minutes to play. The Storm were on the penalty kill for all of nine seconds before the shorthanded marker. Liam Hawel and Dmitri Samorukov were credited with the assists.

On that same penalty kill, the Otters would cut the lead in half on Kyle Pettit’s 24th of the season.

However, the Storm quickly restored their two-goal just one minute later when Merkley spotted Nate Schnarr cross-ice for the Waterloo natives 14th of the year. Michnac picked up the assist for his second point of the night.

Through 20 minutes of play, the Storm led 3-1, while outshooting Erie 16-14.

Heading into the middle frame the Storm were looking to add to their lead early but it would be the Otters with many chances but were unable to beat Popovich who was equal to the task.

Midway through the period, the Storm would add to their lead when Liam Hawel buried the rebound off a Luke Burghardt shot. Nick Deakin-Poot picked up the other assist after springing Burghardt on the quick break.

After two periods of play, the Storm led 4-1, despite being outshot 31-24.

Alex DeBrincat got the third period off to a rocky start, netting his league-leading 52nd goal of the year just 3:49 into the period.

The Otters would continue to press throughout the period with many quality chances, but Popovich put forth one of his best outings of the season making some tremendous saves to preserve the lead.

Guelph would hold on to close out the 4-2 victory while being heavily outshot 46-32 by the Otters.

With the win, the Storm improve to 20-32-3-2, while the Otters 14-game win streak was and snapped and they fall to 43-11-2-1.

The Storm completes their three-game homestand on Sunday afternoon as they welcome the London Knights to town for a 2:00 pm puck drop at the Sleeman Centre. For tickets visit the Storm Box Office in the Old Quebec St. Shoppes, call 519-837-9690, or online here!

GAME NOTES

  • This was the fifth of six meetings between the two teams. The Otters lead the season series 3-2, while the Storm have earned 6 of a possible 10 points thus far.
  • Nick Deakin-Poot has registered at least one point in his past three home games.

Erie Otters 2 at Guelph Storm 4 – Status: Final

Friday, February 24, 2017 – Sleeman Centre

Erie 1 0 1 – 2
Guelph 3 1 0 – 4

1st Period-1, Guelph, McEwan 14 (Michnac, Merkley), 4:36. 2, Guelph, McEwan 15 (Hawel , Samorukov), 16:35 (SH). 3, Erie, Pettit 24 (Sambrook, Fergus), 17:19 (PP). 4, Guelph, Schnarr 14 (Merkley, Michnac), 18:35. Penalties-Raddysh Er (tripping), 7:30; Rhodes Gue (slashing), 16:24.

2nd Period-5, Guelph, Hawel 8 (Burghardt , Deakin-Poot), 10:10. Penalties-Schnarr Gue (slashing), 0:11; Strome Er (high sticking), 4:43; served by Kirwin Gue (too many men), 6:01.

3rd Period-6, Erie, DeBrincat 52 (Cernak, Strome), 3:49. Penalties-Sambrook Er (hooking), 2:27; Samorukov Gue (high sticking), 11:30; Michnac Gue (hooking), 18:38.

Shots on Goal-Erie 14-17-15-46. Guelph 16-8-8-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Erie 1 / 5; Guelph 0 / 3.
Goalies-Erie, Murdaca 13-2-0-1 (32 shots-28 saves). Guelph, Popovich 7-13-0-1 (46 shots-44 saves).
A-4,402
Referees-Joe Celestin (4), Jesse Wilmot (17).
Linesmen-Jean-Francois Menard (52), Chad Petrie (77).

 

3 STARS

  1. GUE James McEwan
  2. GUE Anthony Popovich
  3. GUE Ryan Merkley

Upcoming Events…

  • Saturday, February 25: The Storm host the Guelph Giants at the Sleeman Centre on Saturday in support of special needs hockey in Guelph. Admission is complimentary, but monetary donations are appreciated. For more information, click here!

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