Friday night at the Sleeman Centre, the Storm picked up their third straight win led by a three point performance by rookie Brock McGinn. Michael Latta also scored a pair for Guelph including the 100th of his OHL career into the empty net to seal a 6-3 win over the Peterborough Petes.
The trio of McGinn, Scott Kosmachuk and Francis Menard were strong all night long for the Storm and opened the scoring at 1:54 of the first period on McGinn’s sixth of the season. Later in the period after Matt Puempel tied the game for the visitors, Michael Latta deflected a Peter Holland point shot on the powerplay to give Guelph the 2-1 lead after 20.
In the middle frame, Guelph outscored the Petes 2-1 again to double their bulge to 4-2 after two. McGinn opened the scoring in the period again before Taylor Beck notched his team leading 34th of the season with the man advantage to give the hosts their first three goal cushion. Before the end of the period, Peterborough’s Jeremy Gottzmann replied with a powerplay marker to cut the lead to a pair.
Down two with twenty minutes to play, the Petes made it interesting on another tally by Puempel that handcuffed Garret Sparks. Guelph wasted little time restoring the two goal cushion with Francis Menard’s ninth of the year. The Petes pulled Andrew D’Agostini with almost three minutes to play in favour of the extra attacker. With just over two minutes to play, Latta picked off a Peterborough clearing attempt and buried it for his 31st of the season.
The win moves Guelph only two points behind seventh place London and leaves them five behind the Erie Otters who hold down sixth. Tomorrow night, the Storm will have a chance to cut into Otters’s cushion when they travel to Erie for a 7 pm start. Then Monday afternoon, it’s the Storm’s annual Family Day matinee when the Soo Greyhounds come to the Sleeman Centre for a 2 pm puck drop.
Peterborough Petes 3 at Guelph Storm 6 – Status: End of Game
Friday, February 18, 2011 – Sleeman Centre
Peterborough 1 1 1 – 3
Guelph 2 2 2 – 6
1st Period-1, Guelph, McGinn 6 (Kosmachuk, Menard), 1:54. 2, Peterborough, Puempel 32 (Boland, Tatrn), 14:13. 3, Guelph, Latta 30 (Campbell, Holland), 17:48 (PP). Penalties-Pedan Gue (interference), 10:43; Seymour Pbo (boarding), 16:04.
2nd Period-4, Guelph, McGinn 7 (Lofquist), 9:01. 5, Guelph, Beck 34 (Latta, Campbell), 15:45 (PP). 6, Peterborough, Gottzmann 3 (Koekkoek), 18:50 (PP). Penalties-Latta Gue (hooking), 11:46; Lofquist Gue (cross checking), 12:32; Watson Pbo (roughing), 14:53; Pereira Gue (roughing), 14:53; Mathers Pbo (cross checking), 15:28; Gowdy Pbo (fighting), 16:26; Van Laren Gue (fighting), 16:26; Pedan Gue (boarding), 16:59.
3rd Period-7, Peterborough, Puempel 33 (Quine, Seymour), 3:04. 8, Guelph, Menard 9 (McGinn, Kosmachuk), 5:40. 9, Guelph, Latta 31 17:59 (EN). Penalties-Trojanovic Pbo (tripping), 1:00; Beck Gue (too many men), 10:20.
Shots on Goal-Peterborough 10-12-6-28. Guelph 10-10-12-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Peterborough 1 / 5; Guelph 2 / 3.
Goalies-Peterborough, O’Hagan 10-18-1-0 (31 shots-26 saves). Guelph, Sparks 6-4-0-0 (28 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Joe Celestin (4), Bob Langdon (7).
Linesmen-Drew Jackson (57), Dave Pfohl (96).