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Popovich and Storm overcome a rough start in OT win

Tony Saxon/Guelph Today

By Tony Saxon, Guelph Today

A year ago, Anthony Popovich might not have been around for the second period of a game like the one Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.

But despite allowing three first period goals to the Barrie Colts, Popovich settled down and was rock solid the rest of the way as the Storm rallied to beat the Barrie Colts 5-4 in overtime at the Sleeman Centre.

The win snapped Guelph’s three-game losing skid.

Cedric Ralph won it, taking a sweet backhand saucer pass from Ryan Merkley at the blueline and breaking in on Colts goaltender Leo Lazarev before beating him with a backhand.

Popovich made 40 saves, several of them spectacular.

“I think honestly, some of their goals were a bit lucky,” said Popovich, whose team trailed 3-1 at one point.

“I tried not to blame myself for those goals and then the team bailed us out of it by scoring some big goals.”

Popovich agreed that three early goals probably would have gotten in his head a little bit last season.

“Yeah, probably. It still does,” he said. “Three goals is never good, but you have to bounce back and fortunately we did tonight.

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