Storm make it four straight in 6-3 win over Attack
Make it four in a row for the Guelph Storm.
With a 6-3 win over Midwest Division rivals, the Owen Sound Attack, on Friday night at the Sleeman Centre, the Storm earned their fourth consecutive win, and their second win over the Attack in the last week.
Tied up at three-a-piece heading into the third period, the Storm went on to score four unanswered goals — including an empty netter — in the final 20 minutes to grab the win. Leading the game offensively was Storm captain Garrett McFadden, who registered three assists on the last three Storm goals, earning second star honours on the night.
Isaac Ratcliffe, Cam Hillis, and Mark Shoemaker all recorded two assists each on the night, while six different goal scorers led the Storm to a win. Barrett Kirwin, receiving first star honours, also put up two points, scoring the insurance tally and adding an assist on the game winner.
For the Attack, Jacob Friend and Sean Durzi each put up one goal and one assist. Matthew Struthers, the game’s third star, had two assists.
In the blue paint, the Storm’s Anthony Popovich had the start, turning aside 42 of 45 Attack attempts, while at the other end of the ice, Owen Sound’s Mack Guzda made 29 saves.
In the first, the team’s exchanged goals through to a 2-2 tie, with rookie Mason Primeau opening the scoring, tipping an Alexey Toropchenko shot on the rush 3:32 into the game.
Following a one-timer from the point courtesy of Durzi’s 14th of the year to get the Attack on the board eight seconds short of the halfway point, the Storm jumped ahead once again as Cam Hillis left a drop pass for Ryan Merkley who went five hole for his eighth of the season.
Just short of three minutes later at the 14:23 mark, Friend’s quick point shot from the face off beat a screened Popovich, making it a 2-2 game heading into the second period.
3:08 into the middle frame, the Attack gained the lead for the first time in the contest, capitalizing on the power play with Nick Suzuki feeding Maksim Sushko down low.
Attention then turned to Storm netminder, Popovich, coming up with several remarkable saves to keep the home team alive, including a breakaway glove stop while the Storm had the man-advantage.
Back on the power play in the latter half of the period, Owen Lalonde took a drive from the point, bouncing it off the boards and leaving Liam Hawel to pop it in on the doorstep, knotting the game up at three-all.
From there, the Storm earned the win in the final 20 minutes, with Cedric Ralph crashing the net off of a Kirwin shot to score the game winner, followed by Kirwin netting his own for the insurance marker with under three minutes remaining.
With 20 seconds left on the clock, Nate Schnarr added the empty netter to make it a 6-3 final.
The Storm are back in action on Sunday afternoon, hosting the Kitchener Rangers in the annual Teddy Bear Toss. The game begins at 2pm.
Owen Sound Attack 3 at Guelph Storm 6 – Status: Final
Friday, December 8, 2017 – Sleeman Centre
Owen Sound 2 1 0 – 3
Guelph 2 1 3 – 6
1st Period–1, Guelph, Primeau 2 (Toropchenko, Shoemaker), 3:32. 2, Owen Sound, Durzi 14 (Struthers, Friend), 9:52. 3, Guelph, Merkley 8 (Hillis, Ratcliffe), 11:48. 4, Owen Sound, Friend 2 (Struthers), 14:23. Penalties-Samorukov Gue (hooking), 14:49.
2nd Period-5, Owen Sound, Sushko 15 (Suzuki, Durzi), 3:08 (PP). 6, Guelph, Hawel 4 (Lalonde, Hillis), 13:58 (PP). Penalties-Kirwin Gue (delay of game), 1:13; Suzuki Os (tripping), 5:21; Cameron Os (delay of game), 13:10; Gadjovich Os (boarding), 17:11.
3rd Period–7, Guelph, Ralph 12 (Kirwin, McFadden), 9:07. 8, Guelph, Kirwin 8 (Shoemaker, McFadden), 17:32. 9, Guelph, Schnarr 9 (Ratcliffe, McFadden), 19:40 (EN). Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Owen Sound 18-17-10-45. Guelph 13-13-9-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Owen Sound 1 / 2; Guelph 1 / 3.
Goalies-Owen Sound, Guzda 5-3-1-2 (34 shots-29 saves). Guelph, Popovich 15-8-1-1 (45 shots-42 saves).
Referees-Scott Oakman (23), Ryan Harrison (3).
Linesmen-Jean-Francois Menard (52), Adam Harris (49).