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Penalties tarnish Storm’s solid effort

By Tony Saxon, Gueph Mercury

An old nemesis came back to haunt the Guelph Storm at the Sleeman Centre Friday night.

After a solid string of games where they managed to avoid taking too many penalties, the Storm took several Friday that played a significant role in a 4-2 loss to the Owen Sound Attack.

Two of the Attack goals came with the man advantage and another came seconds after a penalty expired as the visitors beat Guelph for the first time in their past five meetings.

It was also Guelph’s fourth straight loss at home.

“It kind of wears you down,” said Storm forward Patrick Watling of having to kill off 10 Owen Sound power plays.

“We’re a four-line team, everyone just keeps going. But then all the lines get messed up and then we have to deal with that. It kind of confuses you,” Watling (pictured) said.

Not that they played a bad game, but in a dogfight against a team hungry for redemption like they knew Owen Sound was going to be, bad penalties made it that much tougher.

For Storm coach Scott Walker, the glass was half full.

“All in all, it was a heck of a game, I’ve got very few complaints,” Walker said.

“Were there a few passengers? Absolutely. But we knew they were going to come hard and it was a heck of a game. The compete level, the speed, the ‘try’ and the will were there.”

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