Saturday night in Sudbury, the Storm saw their two-game win streak snapped in heartbreaking fashion as they fell 7-6 to the Wolves.
The home side scored very early, but the story of the night was a Wolves’ goal very late that decided the game. After falling behind 5-2 before the contest was 30 minutes old, the Storm fought back to take a short-lived 6-5 lead. Sudbury evened the score only 12 seconds later and then with the visitors enjoying a powerplay in the 60th minute, winger Michael MacDonald jumped on a Guelph turnover and after questionnable non-offside call broke in all alone on Brandon Foote and netted the winner with 2.5 seconds left to play.
Taylor Beck scored two times for the second night in a row. The two goals were the 100th and 101st of Beck’s OHL career and make the fourth year forward just the ninth player in Storm history to break the 100 mark.
Garret Sparks made his third straight start between the pipes for the Storm but was replaced by Foote after the Wolves’ fifth goal. Offensively for Guelph, all three of their top lines chipped in again with each scoring two times. Michael Latta and rookies Scott Kosmachuk and Matt Finn joined Beck with two point performances.
Also scoring for the Storm were deadline acquisitions Daniel Erlich and Stephen Gaskin, along with Francis Menard who gave Guelph their only lead of the night.
Tomorrow night, the Storm will look to rebound and get back on the winning track when they head to Sault Ste. Marie to take on the Greyhounds at 7 pm Then on Wednesday night, the Kitchener Rangers will make their third visit of the season to the Sleeman Centre for a 7 pm start.
Guelph Storm 6 at Sudbury Wolves 7 – Status: Final
Saturday, January 29, 2011 – Sudbury Community Arena
Guelph 2 1 3 – 6
Sudbury 3 2 2 – 7
1st Period-1, Sudbury, Sefton 1 (O’Dell, Foligno), 0:39. 2, Guelph, Erlich 13 (Van Laren, Finn), 2:07. 3, Sudbury, Foligno 20 (Kuchin, O’Dell), 6:03. 4, Guelph, Beck 32 (Pereira, Latta), 7:03 (PP). 5, Sudbury, Lomas 22 (MacDonald, Hanes), 14:51. Penalties-Hanes Sby (interference), 6:03; Corrado Sby (slashing), 16:39.
2nd Period-6, Sudbury, Leivo 6 (Campagna, Hanes), 1:42. 7, Sudbury, O’Dell 8 (Foligno, Kontos), 9:24 (PP). 8, Guelph, Gaskin 3 (Holland), 19:42. Penalties-Corrado Sby (holding), 5:15; Gaskin Gue (hooking), 8:09; Latta Gue (fighting), 10:22; Sefton Sby (fighting), 10:22; McNaughton Gue (fighting), 16:10; Silk Sby (fighting), 16:10; Holland Gue (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 16:54.
3rd Period-9, Guelph, Beck 33 (Latta, Panik), 5:42. 10, Guelph, Kosmachuk 4 (McNaughton, Finn), 6:33. 11, Guelph, Menard 7 (Kosmachuk), 16:42. 12, Sudbury, Jambrosich 7 (McFadden, Dodero), 16:54. 13, Sudbury, MacDonald 17 19:58 (SH). Penalties-Foligno Sby (slashing), 19:00; Latta Gue (misc-abuse of off.), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Guelph 11-15-17-43. Sudbury 11-11-8-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Guelph 1 / 4; Sudbury 1 / 2.
Goalies-Guelph, Sparks 4-4-0-0 (17 shots-12 saves); Foote 16-14-4-1 (13 shots-11 saves). Sudbury, Valiquette 18-20-2-1 (43 shots-37 saves).
Referees-Jason Faist (5), Joe Park (27).
Linesmen-Doug Horner (36), Jean-Yves Maillet (45).