Falling 7-4 to the London Knights, the visiting Guelph Storm saw a three-game win streak come to an end on Thursday night.
In the loss, some bright spots were easy to find starting with veteran Givani Smith’s return from injury – his first game of the season – while sophomore Cedric Ralph earned third star recognition in a career-high three point night with two goals and an assist. Rookie Mason Primeau also potted his first career OHL goal.
Looking to the 60 minutes of play and the loss overall, however, the Storm started out from behind after allowing a shorthanded marker just over five minutes into the contest and couldn’t find their way out front from there.
For the Knights, Cliff Pu and Sam Miletic led the way offensively with four point (one goal, three assists), and three point (one goal, two assists) nights respectively.
Between the pipes, the Storm’s Anthony Popovich got the nod, making 28 of 33 saves. At the other end of the ice, Joseph Raaymakers earned the win for the Knights, turning aside 29 attempts.
In the first, after London’s Pu capitalized shorthanded, Ralph scored his fifth of the season with a great skate in off the wall to tie things up at one at the 8:39 point of the frame. That would be as close as the Storm would get though, as Max Jones and Alex Formenton added goals for the home squad in the latter half of the period to make it a 3-1 contest for London after the first 20 minutes of play.
Looking to turn things around in the second, the Storm pulled to within one at the 5:38 mark as Cam Hillis registered his seventh of the season off a nice feed from Ralph on the power play. With five penalties in the second alone though, penalty trouble crept in fast for the Storm, allowing the Knights to capitalize in the dying seconds of the period to restore the two-goal lead, making it a 4-2 game off of Evan Bouchard’s power play tally.
Following an early goal from London’s Miletic in the third, the Storm made it interesting as Primeau scored his first career goal just past the halfway point, and Ralph following for his second of the game 3:16 later to make it a 5-4 contest with 5:55 remaining in the game.
That would do it though, as Jones added the insurance marker for the Knights with just under two minutes left on the clock. Formenton completed the 7-4 final with an empty netter in the dying seconds of the game.
The Storm look to rebound against another Midwest Division rival on Friday night, visiting the Kitchener Rangers for a 7:30pm puck drop. Returning home on Sunday, the Storm host the Sarnia Sting in a 6pm start at the Sleeman Centre. Purchase your tickets online here, by calling (519) 837-9690, or in person by visiting the Guelph Storm Box Office in Old Quebec Street Mall.
Guelph Storm 4 at London Knights 7 – Status: Final
Thursday, November 16, 2017 – Budweiser Gardens
Guelph 1 1 2 – 4
London 3 1 3 – 7
1st Period-1, London, Pu 6 5:16 (SH). 2, Guelph, Ralph 5 (Woolley, McEwan), 8:39. 3, London, Jones 9 (Bouchard, Pu), 13:32. 4, London, Formenton 5 (Miletic), 17:41. Penalties-Collins Ldn (cross checking), 4:34.
2nd Period–5, Guelph, Hillis 7 (Ralph, Merkley), 5:38 (PP). 6, London, Bouchard 5 (Thomas, Miletic), 19:52 (PP). Penalties-Rollo Ldn (hooking), 5:05; Smith Gue (check to the head), 6:03; McFadden Gue (tripping), 7:48; Formenton Ldn (hooking), 12:00; Lalonde Gue (high sticking), 12:09; Merkley Gue (diving), 13:24; Bouchard Ldn (hooking), 13:24; McFadden Gue (holding), 18:34.
3rd Period-7, London, Miletic 5 (Formenton), 1:32. 8, Guelph, Primeau 1 (Hawel), 10:46. 9, Guelph, Ralph 6 (Kirwin, Merkley), 14:05. 10, London, Jones 10 (Pu, Collins), 18:18. 11, London, Formenton 6 (Pu), 19:54 (EN). Penalties-Formenton Ldn (interference), 5:29; Fallowfield Ldn (delay of game), 8:06; Hillis Gue (slashing), 15:46.
Shots on Goal–Guelph 11-10-12-33. London 11-10-14-35.
Power Play Opportunities–Guelph 1 / 5; London 1 / 5.
Goalies–Guelph, Popovich 10-7-0-1 (34 shots-28 saves). London, Raaymakers 7-2-1-0 (33 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Ben Moser (18), Ryan Hutchison (20).
Linesmen-Kyle Flood (66), Mac Nichol (93).