Storm keep rolling, tame Attack in 4-2 win
The Guelph Storm kept things rolling through Owen Sound on Saturday night, earning their second win in just as many nights.
Following a dramatic 5-4 overtime victory over the Barrie Colts at home on Friday, the Storm downed their Midwest Division rivals in a 4-2 final.
Rookie netminder Nico Daws stole the show with first star honours after a 43-save performance in his first career OHL win, while fellow first-year Cam Hillis continued his dominant offensive play with two points (one goal, one assist) that earned him second star recognition for the second straight night.
Veterans also stepped up in the win, with Isaac Ratcliffe (one goal, one assist), Garrett McFadden (two assists), and Givani Smith (one goal, one assist) each recording two-point nights, with Smith netting his first of the season on the game winning tally.
Jonah Gadjovich and Alan Lyszczarczyk were the goal scorers for the Attack, with Riley Daniels turning aside 16 of 20 shots faced.
Starting things off, Gadjovich opened the scoring 3:43 into the first period with a power play marker after Cedric Ralph earned two minutes for high sticking.
Moving to the middle frame, the Storm netted an early goal of their own as Ratcliffe picked a corner, grabbing his 12th of the season just 38 seconds into the period to tie the game up at one.
Lyszczarczyk regained the lead for the Attack just under three minutes later, but contributed to the beginning of the end for the home squad with a cross checking penalty past the halfway point of the period. Joining him in the box 20 seconds later was Ethan Szypula, giving the Storm a five-on-three advantage for 1:40.
Capitalizing, Hillis registered his 11th of the season with Ratcliffe and Ryan Merkley each assisting on the tying goal.
Smith was next to strike, getting his first of the season out of the away while putting the Storm ahead for the first time with 3:02 remaining in the second.
Adding some insurance in the final period was Ralph, registering his eighth of the season – and second in two games – to make it a 4-2 final.
The Storm return home on Sunday afternoon for the tail end of a three-in-three weekend, playing host to the London Knights for a 2pm puck drop. The game will be the Storm’s Children Foundation of Guelph and Wellington game, sponsored by Contract Express. Purchase your tickets online here, by calling (519) 837-9690, or in person at the Storm Box Office in Old Quebec Street Mall.
Guelph Storm 4 at Owen Sound Attack 2 – Status: Final
Saturday, November 25, 2017 – Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre
Guelph 0 3 1 – 4
Owen Sound 1 1 0 – 2
1st Period-1, Owen Sound, Gadjovich 11 (Lyle, Durzi), 3:43 (PP). Penalties-Ralph Gue (high sticking), 3:18; Groulx Os (holding), 18:10.
2nd Period–2, Guelph, Ratcliffe 12 (Smith, McFadden), 0:38. 3, Owen Sound, Lyszczarczyk 6 (Moro), 3:22. 4, Guelph, Hillis 11 (Ratcliffe, Merkley), 12:12 (PP). 5, Guelph, Smith 1 (Hillis, McFadden), 16:58. Penalties-Lyszczarczyk Os (cross checking), 11:27; Szypula Os (hooking), 11:47; Smith Gue (check to the head), 19:19; Campbell Os (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 19:19.
3rd Period–6, Guelph, Ralph 8 (Kirwin, Stevenson), 11:10. Penalties-Lyszczarczyk Os (tripping), 4:12; Woolley Gue (hooking), 7:34; Samorukov Gue (hooking), 13:14; Hillis Gue (slashing), 16:41.
Shots on Goal–Guelph 6-8-6-20. Owen Sound 15-13-17-45.
Power Play Opportunities–Guelph 1 / 4; Owen Sound 1 / 4.
Goalies–Guelph, Daws 1-1-0-1 (45 shots-43 saves). Owen Sound, Daniels 0-2-0-0 (20 shots-16 saves).
Referees-Sean Reid (26), Ben Wilson (32).
Linesmen-Kevin McArthur (47), Scott Lawson (98).