The Guelph Storm won their first road game of the season 5-1 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.
A pair of powerplay goals by Scott Kosmachuk would be all that the Storm needed to beat the 67’s, as Justin Nichols turned away 34 of 35 shots for his fourth win of the season.
After starting the season with four straight wins at the Sleeman Centre, Guelph dropped back-to-back contests in London and Oshawa last weekend. Undisciplined play was a focus in last weekend’s collapse and, early on, looked like it could be in this one too.
Guelph’s penalty killers shut down the 67’s powerplay three times, including a minute-long 5-on-3, early on. The unit would come out one last time in the second period, as the Storm recorded a season-low eight penalty minutes.
Guelph’s powerplay clicked at 67 per cent, starting with a Kosmachuk one-timer from the slot. All five Storm players on the ice touched the puck as they passed it around the penalty-killers, eventually opening up space for Kosmachuk’s snap shot that beat Ottawa goalie Philippe Trudeau over the blocker.
Kosmachuk struck again early in the second period, pouncing on a loose puck in front of Trudeau for his team-leading fifth goal of the season.
The teams traded goals before the end of the period, as Ottawa’s Brendan Bell and Guelph’s Matt Finn each scored while breaking in down the left wing. Bell beat Nichols with a low wrist shot from the top of the face-off circle before Finn tapped home a cross-crease pass from Hunter Garlent to restore the two-goal lead.
Nichols turned in a great third period, stopping all 15 shots he faced and holding the lead as the 67’s dictated the play until a Robby Fabbri goal got Guelph going mid-way through the period.
Pius Suter extended the lead with his first Ontario Hockey League goal in the final minute of the game on a breakaway.
The game was special for Guelph defencemen Ben Harpur and Zac Leslie, each of whom added an assist for the Storm. Harpur, a fourth round selection of the Ottawa Senators in 2013, fired the shot that led to Kosmachuk’s game-winning goal in the second period. Leslie, an Ottawa native, set up Fabbri with a slap pass that the Mississauga-native deflected over the glove of Trudeau.
Brock McGinn recorded two assists on the night, while Fabbri, Zack Mitchell and Chadd Bauman picked up one-a-piece.
The Storm continue their road trip with meetings in Belleville and Kingston this weekend and a Thursday match-up in Windsor before returning home to face Niagara on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.
Storm 5, 67’s 1
1-0 GUE Kosmachuk (4) (McGinn, Fabbri) 14:34 PP
Penalties – Dickinson GUE (Elbowing) 4:54, McGinn GUE (Head Checking) 10:30, Dickinson GUE (Hooking) 11:11, Brown OTT (Intereference) 13:49
2-0 GUE Kosmachuk (5) (Harpur) 2:54 PP
2-1 OTT Bell (3) 5:10
3-1 GUE Finn (1) (Garlent, Mitchell) 16:44
Penalties – Studnicka OTT (Hooking) 1:29, Leslie GUE (Interference) 9:50
4-1 GUE Fabbri (4) (Leslie, McGinn) 10:49
5-1 GUE Suter (1) (Bauman) 19:05
Penalties – Bell OTT (Interference) 15:18
Shots GUE 13-20-13 – 46 67’s 8-12-15 – 35
Goalies GUE Nichols (4-1-0-0) 34-35 67’s Trudeau (3-3-0-0) 41-46
Powerplay GUE – 2-3 67’s – 0-4
- Kosmachuk, GUE
- McGinn, GUE
- Harpur, GUE