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Solid Storm effort not enough to beat Rangers

By Tony Saxon, Guelph Mercury

The Guelph Storm is finally getting some winning efforts, they just aren’t always being rewarded for them.

That was the case Tuesday night at Kitchener’s Memorial Auditorium as Guelph played with passion and grit. For a while it looked like it might be enough for at least one point.

That was until Rangers’ super sniper Jason Akeson scored a beauty with 1:02 left in regulation, weaving through three Storm players before depositing a wrist shot to the top shelf past the outstretched catching glove of goaltender Garret Sparks.

“You’ve got to give Akeson credit, he had poise and scored a nice goal. If you give a guy like that that much time, he’s going to find the net,” Storm coach Jason Brooks said.

“I like our effort, you can’t question that right now,” Brooks said. “I like the fact we battled. I like the fact we battled back from a two-goal deficit.

“But you can go back on any goal and say there was a mistake. There’s always going to be mistakes, but it’s a matter of how many you can limit.”

The Storm’s Taylor Beck had tied the game 43 seconds before Akeson’s winner on a beautiful setup from Richard Panik at the side of the Rangers net.

But on the very next shift Akeson showed why he is the league’s leading scorer. He also had two assists in the game.

“We can’t be down after a game like that,” said Sparks, who was filling in for the suspended Brandon Foote.

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