By Alex Terry, GuelphStorm.com – The Guelph Storm failed to record a point for only the second time this season in a tough 4-0 loss to the Peterborough Petes at the Sleeman Centre on Friday night.
The Storm (4-2-1-1) who have been played extremely well this season had an example of what happens when things just don’t click.
On the other side of the ice, Peterborough (6-1-1-1) had a textbook road game, taking advantage of the Storm’s off night.
Matt Puempel recorded three points for the visiting club, while Mike Morrison notched a 26 save shutout.
Austin Watson opened the scoring against the Storm with a wrist shot from the middle of the circle that beat Garret Sparks over his blocker. Peterborough then added to the lead when Puempel tipped a slap pass from defenseman Clark Seymour past Sparks.
Guelph was down 2-0 after the first.
The second period saw the Storm add a bit more a jump to their game, but couldn’t quite find the bounces they needed. Justin Auger rang a thunderous shot off the post, but that would be as close as Guelph would get and really sum up the kind of game that they played.
Frustration boiled over for Tyler Bertuzzi midway through the period when he dropped the gloves with Seymour.
The scrappy forward tried to inject some energy into the home team, but to no avail. After failing to capitalize on a lengthy 5-on-3 Alan Quine increased the slope for Guelph with his fourth goal of the year sliding it under a diving Sparks.
Going into the final period, Guelph trailed 3-0.
Joey West tossed some salt in the wound tallying his third of the year depositing a cross ice pass from Puempel through the legs of Sparks.
Despite letting in four goals, Sparks played a solid game, stopping several breakaways, and really giving his team a chance to come back.
“On the score board it looks like a tough game,” he said, “but if it’s 4-3 it’s not a tough game. It was just a regular game and we didn’t catch any breaks.”
It was a tough loss for a young team to stomach, but one that they will undoubtedly learn from.
“We worked, we did a few good things, but…you gotta work you gotta be in the right spots,” said head coach Scott Walker after the game, “They converted on their chances. We had as many point blank chances, we just misfired on them.”
The Storm square off with the London Knights tomorrow in London in a game that surely won’t be any easier.
Puck drop is at 7:00PM.