Storm opens pre-season with loss

GMHA graduate Brody Milne gave Guelph a 3-2 lead heading into the third period with his first goal in a Storm uniform before the visiting Mississauga Steelheads struck for three goals in the final 20 minutes to grab a 5-3 win.

Also scoring for the hosts were Matt Finn (pictured) with his first of the pre-season on the man advantage and Scott Kosmachuk with his first as well. 

Garret Sparks was in goal for the Storm through the midway mark of the second and surrendered a pair of Mississauga markers while Jason Da Silva allowed three in the final frame.

The loss drops Guelph to 0-1-0-0 in exhibition play with two home games left to play.  Next Friday night, the Barrie Colts visit the Sleeman Centre for a 7:30 start and one week later on the 14th, the Brampton Battalion comes to Guelph.  The Storm will also play three away games before opening their 2012-13 regular season on home ice versus the Saginaw Spirit on Friday, September 21st.

By Tony Saxon, Guelph Mercury – The Mississauga Steelheads scored three power play goals and one shorthanded to down the Guelph Storm 5-3 in the first pre-season game for both teams Saturday at the Sleeman Centre.

Josh Burnside scored the eventual game winner with around three minutes left in the third period, tipping a point shot past Storm goaltender Jason Da Silva with Cody McNaughton in the penalty box for cross-checking.

Guelph led 3-2 after two periods on power play goals by Scott Kosmachuk and Matt Finn along with an even strength marker by rookie Brody Milne.

Burnside had two goals for Mississauga and Justin Rasmussen had the hat trick.

Garret Sparks played the first half of the game in net for Guelph, allowing two goals, then Jason Da Silva played the second half.

Guelph plays in Mississauga Wednesday night.

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