Sunday afternoon at the Sleeman Centre, the Storm picked up their second straight home win as they doubled the Kitchener Rangers by the score of 6-3. The victory moves Guelph past the Soo Greyhounds and into eighth in the Western Conference.
Hunter Garlent was one of five Storm forwards that enjoyed a multi-point afternoon as he collected one goal and two assists. The rookie forward collected five points over the past two games to increase his season total to 32.
First period goals by Garlent and Zack Mitchell, sandwiched around Max Iafrate’s powerplay marker gave the home side a 2-1 lead after twenty.
The middle frame was scoreless until Scott Kosmachuk scored with 65 seconds remaining to double Guelph’s cushion. Then in the third, two more goals made it four unanswered for the Storm and gave them a commanding 5-1 advantage. Frank Menard on the powerplay scored the eventual game winner before Scott Kosmachuk outraced Cody Sol to a clearing pass and flipped it by Franky Palazzese for his second of the day and 27th of the season. The Rangers pushed back on markers by Josh Sterk and Tyler Randell but an empty net strike by Tyler Bertuzzi with 2:06 remaining closed the books on a crucial three-goal win for the Storm.
Guelph will travel to Erie on Wednesday night before returning to the Sleeman Centre to host a pair of East Division clubs on Friday and Sunday. The Kingston Frontenacs make their only visit of the season on Friday at 7:30 and then after enjoying a rare Saturday off, the Storm will have their hands full against the powerhouse Ottawa 67’s on Sunday afternoon at the Sleeman Centre.
Kitchener Rangers 3 at Guelph Storm 6 – Status: Final
Sunday, February 26, 2012 – Sleeman Centre
Kitchener 1 0 2 – 3
Guelph 2 1 3 – 6
1st Period-1, Guelph, Garlent 11 (Gaskin, Dickinson), 2:12 (PP). 2, Kitchener, Iafrate 5 (Sol, Lorentz), 8:47 (PP). 3, Guelph, Mitchell 31 (Dickinson, Watling), 9:51. Penalties-Randell Kit (check to the head), 1:02; Horvat Gue (hooking), 6:48; Turcotte Gue (inter. on goaltender), 12:49; Pedan Gue (high sticking), 14:27.
2nd Period-4, Guelph, Kosmachuk 26 (Garlent, Menard), 18:55. Penalties-Crescenzi Kit (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 1:52; Menard Gue (holding), 3:28; Fanelli Kit (delay of game), 6:35; Sol Kit (roughing), 7:47; Pedan Gue (tripping), 8:56; Sol Kit (interference), 11:52; Mitchell Gue (slashing), 15:42; McNaughton Gue (high sticking), 19:51.
3rd Period-5, Guelph, Menard 22 (Finn, Mitchell), 7:44 (PP). 6, Guelph, Kosmachuk 27 (Menard, Garlent), 14:23. 7, Kitchener, Sterk 6 (Faksa, Randell), 15:07. 8, Kitchener, Randell 5 (Faksa, Genovese), 17:26. 9, Guelph, Bertuzzi 6 (Pereira), 17:54 (EN). Penalties-Genovese Kit (high sticking), 6:12.
Shots on Goal-Kitchener 11-12-13-36. Guelph 9-13-11-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Kitchener 1 / 7; Guelph 2 / 6.
Goalies-Kitchener, Palazzese 20-12-1-1 (32 shots-27 saves). Guelph, Sparks 22-22-1-2 (36 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Ryan Hutchison (20), T.J. Foster (29).
Linesmen-Jason Finley (37), Dustin McCrank (68).