Sunday afternoon at the Sleeman Centre, in front of a near sell-out crowd the Storm couldn’t overcome three Kitchener powerplay goals in dropping a 4-1 decision.
For the Storm, Taylor Beck was watching from the stands after taking a Zac Rinaldo elbow to the head late in the game on Friday night. Tied at zero past the mid-way mark of the opening frame, Kitchener’s Andrew Crescenzi scored the first goal on a wraparound that slipped through Cody St. Jacques’ legs. The Rangers would double their lead to 2-0 with a powerplay goal by Chris MacKinnon when the overage forward slid out from the side boards and snapped it past St. Jacques. The Storm’s Sisca would score on a slapshot from the slot before the close of the first to make it 2-1. Shots on goal in the first were 14-10 in favour of the Rangers.
In the middle stanza, the Rangers would add two more goals with the man advantage to build a three goal cushion that the Storm wouldn’t be able to overcome. Ryan Murphy would add the insurance tally with a point shot through traffic and John Moore would round out the scoring in the contest with another point shot through a maze of players. The hosts would hold the edge in shots on goal over the game’s final 40, including a 13-7 advantage in the third, but first star Mavric Parks would turn aside every attempt.
The Storm will have the chance to turn the tables in just two days versus the Rangers when they head to Kitchener on Tuesday night. Then next weekend, Guelph will entertain the Owen Sound on Friday night for Teddy Bear Toss night before the Kingston Frontenacs visit the Sleeman Centre for a 2 pm start on Sunday. For tickets visit or call (519) 837-9690 the Guelph Storm box office or buy online at GuelphStorm.com.
Kitchener Rangers 4 At Guelph Storm 1 – Status: End of Game
Dec 6, 2009 – Sleeman Centre
Kitchener 2 2 0 – 4
Guelph 1 0 0 – 1
1st Period-1, Kitchener, Crescenzi 2 (Thomson), 12:44. 2, Kitchener, MacKinnon 17 (Tipoff, Cimadamore), 14:28 (pp). 3, Guelph, Sisca 10 (Campbell), 18:00. Penalties-Mitchell Gue (hooking), 2:49; Crescenzi Kit (interference), 8:14; Holland Gue (interference), 10:01; Sandlak Gue (hooking), 13:43; Skinner Kit (holding), 16:42; Carroll Gue (holding), 16:42; Holland Gue (high sticking), 18:19.
2nd Period-4, Kitchener, Murphy 3 (Akeson, Morin), 6:32 (pp). 5, Kitchener, Moore 4 (Morin), 16:21 (pp). Penalties-Jasper Kit (roughing), 2:55; Latta Gue (check from behind, check from behind), 2:55; McNaughton Gue (roughing), 5:17; Campbell Gue (hooking), 7:55; Thomson Kit (too many men), 9:55; Tipoff Kit (roughing), 13:27; Syvret Gue (roughing), 13:27; Kelly Kit (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 15:37; McNaughton Gue (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 15:37; O’Donnell Gue (high sticking), 16:06; Catenacci Kit (hooking), 18:45.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Murphy Kit (hooking), 10:55; Akeson Kit (roughing), 13:48; O’Donnell Gue (roughing), 13:48; MacKinnon Kit (cross checking), 18:48.
Shots on Goal-Kitchener 14-12-3-29. Guelph 10-11-6-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Kitchener 3 of 8; Guelph 0 of 5.
Goalies-Kitchener, Parks 10-1-1-0 (27 shots-26 saves). Guelph, St. Jacques 7-7-1-0 (29 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Sean Bernard (33), Darren Price (3).
Linesmen-Matthew Traub (50), Chad Drown (41).