Storm kick off second half with win over Petes

It was a calm, cool, and collected win for the Guelph Storm on Thursday night at the Sleeman Centre.

Hosting the Peterborough Petes in the first game following the OHL’s holiday break, the Storm began the second half of the season with a confident 3-1 win.

Veteran Isaac Ratcliffe led the way with two goals for the Storm as the game’s first star, while rookie Tag Bertuzzi got in on the action with the insurance marker earning second star honours.

Nikita Korostelev had the lone goal for the Petes as the third star of the contest.

Between the pipes, Anthony Popovich made 28 saves for his 17th win of the season, while Dylan Wells was a little bit busier in the loss, turning aside 30 of 33 shots on the night.

To start things off, Ratcliffe opened the scoring early, potting his 15th of the year off a rebound with the man advantage¬†just 2:23 into the game as the Petes’ Adrien Beraldo was awarded two for delay of game.

1:19 later, Liam Hawel was called for roughing, sending the Storm to the penalty kill, giving the Petes a chance to respond. Korostelev did just that, getting the visitors on the board at the 4:19 point of the period to make it a 1-1 tie heading into the second.

Ratcliffe opened the middle frame with yet another quick tally, potting his second of the game – and the eventual game winner – at the two-minute mark off another rebound to put the Storm back in the lead.

2:15 later, Bertuzzi rounded out the 3-1 win, tipping a shot from Mark Shoemaker to grab his second of the season.

Looking to build on the win, the Storm hit the road this weekend, visiting the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Saturday for a 7:07pm puck drop, followed by a visit to the Sudbury Wolves on Sunday afternoon.

Peterborough Petes 1 at Guelph Storm 3 – Status: Final
Thursday, December 28, 2017 – Sleeman Centre

Peterborough 1 0 0 – 1
Guelph 1 2 0 – 3

1st Period1, Guelph, Ratcliffe 15 (Hillis, Toropchenko), 2:23 (PP). 2, Peterborough, Korostelev 14 (Ang, Timms), 4:19 (PP). Penalties-Beraldo Pbo (delay of game), 1:38; Hawel Gue (roughing), 3:42; Korostelev Pbo (tripping), 10:19; Hillis Gue (high sticking), 14:54; Poirier Gue (high sticking), 18:19.

2nd Period3, Guelph, Ratcliffe 16 (Lalonde), 2:00. 4, Guelph, Bertuzzi 2 (Shoemaker, McFadden), 4:15. Penalties-No Penalties

3rd Period– No Scoring. Penalties-Ratcliffe Gue (interference), 7:20; Gogolev Pbo (hooking), 11:36.

Shots on Goal-Peterborough 10-10-9-29. Guelph 8-12-13-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Peterborough 1 / 4; Guelph 1 / 3.
Goalies-Peterborough, Wells 13-14-1-1 (33 shots-30 saves). Guelph, Popovich 17-10-1-1 (29 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Pat Myers (40), Tom Sweeney (12).
Linesmen-Kevin Hastings (61), Scott Lawson (98).

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