The Guelph Storm took home their third straight win on Wednesday night, downing the Eastern Conference’s top dogs in Hamilton by a final of 6-3.
Heading into the final 20 minutes of play, the Hamilton Bulldogs led 3-2, but the Storm came out with four unanswered goals and a completed hat trick by Nate Schnarr to grab the win. Schnarr also had an assist, making it a four-point night for the Arizona Coyotes prospect.
Also with multiple points on the night was Isaac Ratcliffe with two assists, Dmitri Samorukov with the eventual game winning goal and an added helper, and Ryan Merkley with two assists.
The Bulldogs had three different goal scorers, with MacKenzie Entwistle leading the way for the home squad offensively with one goal and one assist.
Anthony Popovich earned his fourth straight win in the paint, turning aside 30 of 33 shots, while Bulldogs’ Kaden Fulcher made 22 saves on 28 Storm attempts.
To open the scoring, both the Storm and the Bulldogs exchanged early goals starting with Schnarr just over four minutes into the game, sneaking behind the Hamilton defensemen to roof a backhand for his sixth of the season.
Next was Nicholas Caamano, responding for the Bulldogs 1:36 later, splitting the Storm backend to drive the goal and tie it up at one.
1:08 later, the Storm stepped ahead once again with Schnarr registering his second of the game, cleaning up a rebound off of a shot from Ratcliffe.
Moving into the middle frame, the Bulldogs gained the lead for the first and only time in the contest with two goals — first tying the game up at two courtesy of Entwistle’s first of the season, followed by Ryan Moore capitalizing on a defensive zone turnover by the Storm with less than five minutes remaining in the period.
Down 3-2 to start the third, the Storm came out firing for four unanswered goals, starting with none other than Schnarr completing the hat trick on the man-advantage off of a feed from Merkley 1:36 into the period.
Capitalizing on the power play for the second out of a possible four opportunities was Samorukov next, putting a drive from the point through traffic to put the Storm ahead 4-3 before the halfway mark of the frame.
25 seconds later, Givani Smith recorded his third of the season, adding an insurance marker with a wrist shot top corner to make it a 5-3 contest.
Alexey Toropchenko jumped in on the offence to finalize the 6-3 win, breaking a scoring drought with his fifth of the season seconds into the latter half of the frame.
The Storm look to stay in the win column with two home games this weekend, first with the Owen Sound Attack visiting on Friday night for a 7:30pm puck drop, and closing out the week with the Kitchener Rangers on Sunday afternoon in the annual Teddy Bear Toss. Don’t miss a second of the action, and capitalize on the Storm’s weekend deal, allowing fans to get Sunday’s game for just $12 after purchasing a ticket to Friday’s contest.
Purchase your tickets online here, by calling (519) 837-9690, or in person at the Storm Box Office in Old Quebec Street Mall.
Guelph Storm 6 at Hamilton Bulldogs 3 – Status: Final
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – FirstOntario Centre
Guelph 2 0 4 – 6
Hamilton 1 2 0 – 3
1st Period–1, Guelph, Schnarr 6 (Ratcliffe, Samorukov), 4:09. 2, Hamilton, Caamano 14 (Entwistle), 5:45. 3, Guelph, Schnarr 7 (Ratcliffe), 6:53. Penalties-Entwistle Ham (hooking), 11:15.
2nd Period-4, Hamilton, Entwistle 1 (Landry, Saigeon), 4:06. 5, Hamilton, Moore 10 (Nurse), 15:24. Penalties-Ratcliffe Gue (roughing), 16:14; Saigeon Ham (roughing), 16:14; Toropchenko Gue (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 20:00; Strome Ham (roughing), 20:00.
3rd Period–6, Guelph, Schnarr 8 (Merkley, McFadden), 1:36 (PP). 7, Guelph, Samorukov 4 (Merkley, Schnarr), 6:35 (PP). 8, Guelph, Smith 3 (Hawel, Shoemaker), 7:00. 9, Guelph, Toropchenko 5 (Ralph), 10:16. Penalties-Walters Ham (holding), 0:22; Entwistle Ham (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 1:36; served by Kaliyev Ham (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 5:57.
Shots on Goal–Guelph 11-9-8-28. Hamilton 11-15-7-33.
Power Play Opportunities–Guelph 2 / 4; Hamilton 0 / 0.
Goalies–Guelph, Popovich 14-8-1-1 (33 shots-30 saves). Hamilton, Fulcher 12-7-3-2 (28 shots-22 saves).
Referees-Dave Lewis (16), Ben Wilson (32).
Linesmen-David Cianfrini (45), Adam Harris (49).