It was a roller coaster of a game for the Guelph Storm on Friday night.
Hosting the Owen Sound Attack, the Storm eventually fell 7-6 in overtime after being down 2-0, 3-1, and 4-2 — all deficits experienced in the first period alone, a first period that featured seven goals between the teams.
Offensively for the Storm, Liam Hawel led the way as the game’s second star with two goals, while Alexey Toropchenko also made noise, recording three points (one goal, two assists). With two points, Isaac Ratcliffe potted one goal and an assist in the contest, with captain Garrett McFadden adding timely helpers on both the game-tying goal, and the go-ahead marker in the third.
For the Attack, Jonah Gadjovich earned first star honours with a three-point (two goals, one assist) and a plus-four performance, while Nick Suzuki – the game’s third star – wasn’t far behind with one goal, two assists, and a plus-three rating. Kevin Hancock also tallied three points in Owen Sound’s win with one goal and two assists.
Between the pipes, Anthony Popovich turned away 31 shots for the Storm. At the other end, Olivier Lafreniere made 20 of 26 saves in the win.
The Attack were quick to get things started, opening the scoring 10 seconds into the contest, only to make it a 2-0 game 2:25 into the first – with Gadjovich registering both tallies.
Seemingly setting the tone for the back-and-forth game ahead, Toropchenko responded just over a minute later, cutting in to grab his 14th of the season, putting the Storm on the board.
Before the 10 minute mark of the first, though, the Attack restored the two-goal lead as Kevin Hancock potted his 20th of the season. Next up in the flurry of goals was Storm rookie Keegan Stevenson, netting his second of the season to make it a 3-2 contest at just the 10:46 point of the opening frame.
With 2:04 left in the period, the Attack’s Maksim Sushko grabbed his 28th of the season to make it a 4-2 game, only to have the Storm pull back to within one with only three seconds left in the period as Hawel capitalized on a scramble in front.
After seven goals in the first alone, the second period featured only two – first with Suzuki’s 32nd of the season, cutting in to make it 5-3 just over five minutes into the frame. Less than a minute later, however, the Storm continued to show no signs of quit as Nate Schnarr fed Ratcliffe with a nice feed in front who made no mistake for his 32nd of the year.
Standing at 5-4 on the board, and only one goal away from completing the comeback, the Storm eventually took control with under five minutes remaining in the game. First with Hawel potting the game-tying tally off of a rebound from a Toropchenko shot, followed by Zach Poirier’s wrister to give the Storm their first lead of the contest with 1:57 left on the clock.
The Attack didn’t go away quietly though, tying the game at six-a-piece courtesy of Aidan Dudas capitalizing on a screened Popovich with 34.6 remaining.
Moving into overtime, the Attack earned the 7-6 win as Markus Phillips registered his eighth of the year, squirting the puck just past Popovich as the hooking penalty to Dmitri Samorukov was just expiring.
With a well earned point in hand, the Storm return to action on Saturday night visiting the Barrie Colts. On Sunday afternoon, the Storm complete the three-in-three weekend at home, hosting the Mississauga Steelheads for a 4pm puck drop. Purchase your tickets online here, by calling (519) 837-9690, or by in person at the Guelph Storm Box Office in Old Quebec Street Mall.
Owen Sound Attack 7 (OT) at Guelph Storm 6 – Status: Final OT
Friday, February 23, 2018 – Sleeman Centre
Owen Sound 4 1 1 1 – 7
Guelph 3 1 2 0 – 6
1st Period-1, Owen Sound, Gadjovich 19 (Suzuki, Phillips), 0:10. 2, Owen Sound, Gadjovich 20 (Chibrikov, Hancock), 2:25. 3, Guelph, Toropchenko 14 (Ratcliffe), 3:39. 4, Owen Sound, Hancock 20 (Friend, Gadjovich), 8:28. 5, Guelph, Stevenson 2 (Primeau, Lalonde), 10:46. 6, Owen Sound, Sushko 28 (McKenzie, Szypula), 17:56. 7, Guelph, Hawel 10 (Ralph, Toropchenko), 19:57. Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period-8, Owen Sound, Suzuki 32 (Hancock, Lyle), 5:46. 9, Guelph, Ratcliffe 32 (Schnarr, Hillis), 6:27. Penalties-Hillis Gue (slashing), 9:39; Robinson Os (kneeing), 15:02.
3rd Period–10, Guelph, Hawel 11 (Toropchenko, McFadden), 15:41. 11, Guelph, Poirier 5 (McFadden, McEwan), 18:03. 12, Owen Sound, Dudas 28 (Suzuki, Sushko), 19:25. Penalties-Friend Os (hooking), 0:24; Phillips Os (roughing), 3:44; Lyle Os (closing hand on puck), 5:38; Cameron Os (boarding), 9:18; Hawel Gue (high sticking), 11:01.
OT Period-13, Owen Sound, Phillips 8 (McKenzie), 3:54. Penalties-Samorukov Gue (hooking), 1:49.
Shots on Goal-Owen Sound 16-7-12-3-38. Guelph 7-8-9-2-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Owen Sound 0 / 3; Guelph 0 / 5.
Goalies-Owen Sound, Lafreniere 15-13-0-2 (26 shots-20 saves). Guelph, Popovich 26-17-3-3 (38 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Tom Sweeney (12), Josh Schein (27).
Linesmen-Mac Nichol (93), Scott Lawson (98).