Snake-bitten Storm drop second straight
The Guelph Storm dropped their second straight game on Friday night, falling 3-1 to the visiting Niagara IceDogs.
Looking a little snake-bitten, the Storm went 0/4 on the power play, including three consecutive opportunities and two back-to-back in the second period.
The IceDogs were also unsuccessful on the man-advantage, going 0/3 on three straight penalties taken by the Storm in the latter half of the game.
Zach Poirier had the only goal for the Storm earning second star honours, while the IceDogs’ Johnny Corneil registered two goals as the game’s first star.
Between the pipes, Anthony Popovich made 25 saves in the loss. For Niagara, Stephen Dhillon turned away 24 attempts.
Starting off on the slower side, the game remained locked at zeroes when the teams headed to the room following the first 20 minutes of play.
Moving into the middle frame, the Storm started to gain momentum as the IceDogs took back-to-back too-many-men penalties – first 1:33 into the period, and then again at the 4:07 mark. Generating pressure and potential scoring opportunities, the Storm just weren’t able to capitalize.
The IceDogs were then given a third consecutive penalty on the period minutes later at the 8:43 point, receiving a bench minor. Just five seconds following the call, with the Storm setting up in the offensive zone, Poirier was given two-minutes for interference – Guelph’s first penalty in the game.
On the four-on-four play, the IceDogs generated a two-on-one rush with Corneil choosing to step in rather than pass through a diving Dmitri Samorukov, capitalizing for his second of the season and first of the game.
Shortly after the IceDogs got on the board, the Storm came back the other way with James McEwan on the wall feeding Nate Schnarr coming through the slot, but the Arizona Coyotes prospect’s quick release was denied by Dhillon, keeping the game at a 1-0 score.
Looking to tie things up in the final frame, Cedric Ralph put the puck on net with Poirier on the doorstep to tap it in for his second of the season, knotting things up at one at the 2:40 point of the third.
That would be it for the Storm, though, with the IceDogs jumping ahead with 3:15 remaining in the game as Kyle Langdon put the puck out front from behind the goal line, leaving Ondrej Machala to make no mistake for his first of the year.
Corneil sealed the deal with an empty-net marker less than two minutes later, pressuring Ryan Merkley to cause a turnover in Guelph’s zone, finalizing the 3-1 win for Niagara.
The Storm are right back in action on Saturday night, visiting the Sarnia Sting for a 7:05pm puck drop.
Niagara IceDogs 3 at Guelph Storm 1 – Status: Final
Friday, October 13, 2017 – Sleeman Centre
Niagara 0 1 2 – 3
Guelph 0 0 1 – 1
1st Period– No Scoring. Penalties-Tomasino Niag (slashing), 3:48.
2nd Period-1, Niagara, Corneil 2 (Thomas), 9:10. Penalties-served by Tomasino Niag (too many men), 1:33; served by Tomasino Niag (too many men), 4:07; served by Constantinou Niag (bench minor), 8:38; Poirier Gue (interference), 8:43; Bertuzzi Gue (slashing), 13:36.
3rd Period–2, Guelph, Poirier 2 (Ralph, Kirwin), 2:40. 3, Niagara, Machala 1 (Langdon, Johnson), 16:45. 4, Niagara, Corneil 3 18:16 (EN). Penalties-Poirier Gue (tripping), 7:48.
Shots on Goal-Niagara 9-10-9-28. Guelph 7-7-11-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Niagara 0 / 3; Guelph 0 / 4.
Goalies-Niagara, Dhillon 6-1-0-0 (25 shots-24 saves). Guelph, Popovich 3-4-0-1 (27 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Ryan Hutchison (20), T.J. Foster (29).
Linesmen-Jean-Francois Menard (52), Dave Pfohl (96).
The 2017-18 Season is proudly presented by RBC