Guelph Storm has nothing to show for solid effort

By Tony Saxon,

Guelph Storm goaltender Liam Herbst will take the accolades. He’ll also take his lumps.

Brilliant enough in the first two games of the season to earn Canadian Hockey League goaltender of the week honours, Herbst has been less than stellar in his two outings since then, including a 5-4 loss to the Windsor Spitfires at the Sleeman Centre Friday night.

And he’s mature enough to own up to it.

“I need to be that guy that I was in the first weekend of the year and I believe I am. I just have to figure some things out,” Herbst said.

The Storm outshot the Spitfires by a 47-27 margin, including a 21-3 advantage in the third period.

“Obviously I’m not happy. I believe I have the capability to play with any team and any goalie in this league and I should on a consistent basis,” Herbst said.

While a tuck-in by Gabe Vilardi from behind the net and a Cole Carter knuckleball over the glove hand were tough goals but ones that happen. It was the winning goal that stung the most.

With the Storm on a power play early in the third period, Herbst came well out of his net to play a puck but flubbed an attempted pass that went straight to Windsor’s Carter who promptly deposited it in the wide-open net for the shorthanded tally.

It was a tough way to lose a tight, well-played hockey game.

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