Guelph Storm runs out of miracles

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By Tony Saxon,

HALIFAX – Not this time.

The comeback kids ran out of miracles Friday night in Halifax, as the Guelph Storm was eliminated from the Memorial Cup with a 6-4 loss in the semifinal to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

They went down fighting. They went down scrapping. They almost didn’t go down at all.

But in the end they couldn’t muster the one goal they needed to tie the game with the goalie pulled and a playoff run for the ages came to an end as the Huskies iced it with an empty-netter.

Rouyn-Noranda will now face the Halifax Mooseheads Sunday in a rematch of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League final.

Twice the Storm held one-goal leads and twice the Huskies tied it up.

It was 3-3 heading into the third period and a Storm team that has shown an ability to rise to the occasion so many times was confident they would on this night too.

But some aggressive forechecking by the Huskies, and some subsequent turnovers by the Storm in its own end, led to a pair of goals by the Huskies’  Felix Bibeau to make it 5-3, the second one coming with 7:27 left in regulation.

Isaac Ratcliffe, with the goalie pulled, made it 5-4 with 1:13 left and the Storm had several good chances to tie it up, but couldn’t put another one past Samuel Harvey.

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