Storm come up short in 2-1 shootout loss to 67’s
It was a hard fought game at the Sleeman Centre on Friday night.
With the Ottawa 67’s in town for their only visit of the season, the Guelph Storm tied the game at one-all late in the game, but the Eastern Conference’s 67’s came out on top in a shootout for a final score of 2-1.
Two big parts of the game stood between the pipes at either end, starting with the 67’s Olivier Tremblay turning aside 27 shots and three shootout attempts as the game’s first star, followed by the Storm’s Anthony Popovich, who made 37 saves in the loss.
For the first two periods, both goaltenders came up with outstanding displays in the paint with chances coming in either end, keeping the score locked at zeroes heading into the third.
Getting things going on the board was Jacob Cascagnette, jumping on a rebound off a pass from Tye Felhaber in the corner down low to make it a 1-0 game 2:56 into the frame.
Later in the period, with just two minutes left on the clock, the Storm struck back as Cam Hillis put the puck towards the net only to have Alexey Toropchenko make no mistake in front for his 12th of the season.
In need of extra time, the fourth period featuring sudden death three-on-three play saw no resolution, even with the exchange of breakaways at both ends — first with Ryan Merkley stopped by Tremblay, quickly followed by a Popovich save the other way.
Moving into the shootout, Sasha Chmelevski — the game’s third star — was the only goal scorer, giving the 67’s the 2-1 win on the night. For the Storm, Dmitri Samorukov, Isaac Ratcliffe, and Merkley were all stopped by Tremblay.
Next up, the Storm look ahead to a home-and-home series with the Erie Otters, starting in Erie on Sunday, and then right back to Guelph for a 2:00pm puck drop on Monday afternoon at the Sleeman Centre. Purchase your tickets online here, by calling (519) 837-9690, or in person at the Guelph Storm Box Office in Old Quebec Street Mall.
Ottawa 67’s 2 (SO) at Guelph Storm 1 – Status: Final SO
Friday, February 16, 2018 – Sleeman Centre
Ottawa 0 0 1 0 – 2
Guelph 0 0 1 0 – 1
1st Period– No Scoring. Penalties-Barron Ott (cross checking), 14:01; Cascagnette Ott (slashing), 19:29.
2nd Period– No Scoring. Penalties-Hillis Gue (interference), 11:32; Primeau Gue (cross checking), 19:34.
3rd Period-1, Ottawa, Cascagnette 13 (Felhaber, Barron), 2:56. 2, Guelph, Toropchenko 12 (Hillis, Ratcliffe), 18:00. Penalties-No Penalties
OT Period– No Scoring. Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout – Ottawa 1 (Clarke NG, Felhaber NG, Chmelevski G), Guelph 0 (Samorukov NG, Ratcliffe NG, Merkley NG).
Shots on Goal-Ottawa 10-6-18-4-1-39. Guelph 11-4-11-2-0-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Ottawa 0 / 2; Guelph 0 / 2.
Goalies-Ottawa, Tremblay 20-11-3-2 (28 shots-27 saves). Guelph, Popovich 26-16-2-3 (38 shots-37 saves).
Referees-Chris Ferreira (14), Joe Celestin (4).
Linesmen-Alex Ross (89), Dave Pfohl (96).