By Tony Saxon, Guelph Today
It wasn’t about the final score Friday night, as the Guelph Storm opened its pre-season with a 4-2 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs.
It was about the seven rookies in the lineup figuring out that things are a little different at this level.
“I think if you asked the seven young guys in there tonight what the difference was they’d tell you there’s not nearly as much time and space,” said Storm coach George Burnett.
“I’m not displeased with the effort and they learned some valuable efforts tonight.”
Guelph trailed 3-0 early in the third period before goals by Barret Kirwin and first round pick Tag Bertuzzi scored to make a game of it.
Hamilton scored into the empty net with nine seconds on the clock to ice the win.
“It’s the first opportunity. I liked the way we responded in the second and third period and our compete level was much higher as the game went along,” said Burnett.