Friday night in Kingston, the Storm jumped out to a 1-0 lead in a one-sided first period, before surrendering four of the next five goals in a 4-2 loss versus the Frontenacs. Guelph will continue their three game Eastern Ontario swing on Saturday night in Belleville.
Chasing a few teams to get into the playoff picture, the ninth place Storm travelled to Eastern Ontario for their annual three game swing through Kingston, Belleville and Ottawa. After giving up the first shot of the game, Guelph roared back firing the next 13 shots on Tyler Beskorowany in the Kingston goal and scoring the game’s first goal. The 13th shot would turn out to be a goal by number 13 Peter Holland after he slid to his left on a rush into the attack zone and quickly snapped it past Beskorowany. Kingston managed only seven shots in the opening frame, but Brandon Foote made several huge saves to preserve the Storm’s one goal lead including an acrobatic save on a Frontenacs’ powerplay when he went post to post to turn aside Taylor Doherty on a backdoor pass.
Another one-sided period, but this time it was the home side that dominated the frame. After outshooting the Frontenacs 21-7 in the first, Guelph was badly outshot 20-5 in the second with Kingston owning three powerplay opportunities compared to one for the Storm. After failing to connect on their first two, the home side would finally solve Foote in the final minute of play with Ryan Gottschalk in the box for boarding. Michael Fine notched the equalizer jumping on a rebound and burying it with just 32 seconds remaining.
After two periods with only one goal in each, the two teams combined for four goals in the third. The Frontenacs grabbed their first lead of the night just over four minutes in on a rebound goal by Derek Froats. Taylor Doherty did most of the work, stepping in from the blueline and stickhandling past a Storm defender before wristing a low, hard shot on Foote that was kicked out to Froats. Kingston held onto the one goal bulge and looked poised to add some insurance on the powerplay later in the third. Instead it was the Storm that struck shorthanded to tie the game at two on Holland’s second of the night. After Brian Lashoff mishandled a puck at the blueline, Holland jumped on it for a clear breakaway deking to his backhand and lifting it past Beskorowany. Minutes later, Mitch Lebar scored the winning goal grabbing a loose puck behind the net and wrapping it around the other side before Foote could recover. Kingston’s Nathan Moon added an empty net goal to make it a 4-2 final.
The Storm will travel to Belleville on Saturday night to face the Bulls before heading to Ottawa for a 2 pm start on Sunday afternoon. The next home action for Guelph will be Wednesday night when Tyler Seguin, the #2 ranked prospect for the upcoming NHL Draft and the Plymouth Whalers visit the Sleeman Centre for a 7 pm start. Wednesday’s game will be the last ‘Wecession Wednesday’ with all regular lower bowl tickets just five dollars. For tickets to Wednesday’s game call or visit the Storm box office or buy online at GuelphStorm.com.
Guelph Storm 2 At Kingston Frontenacs 4 – Status: End of Game
Feb 5, 2010 – K-Rock Centre
Guelph 1 0 1 – 2
Kingston 0 1 3 – 4
1st Period-1, Guelph, Holland 20 (Comrie, Syvret), 10:36. Penalties-Odam Kgn (slashing), 3:10; Gudbranson Kgn (interference), 9:18; Sandlak Gue (tripping), 9:42; Latta Gue (slashing), 14:14; Durocher Kgn (slashing), 17:07; Comrie Gue (tripping), 19:19; Pleckaitis Kgn (diving), 19:19.
2nd Period-2, Kingston, Fine 8 (Doherty, Lebar), 19:28 (pp). Penalties-Tresham Gue (fighting), 2:44; Froats Kgn (fighting), 2:44; Comrie Gue (hooking), 7:11; Quine Kgn (too many men), 9:16; O’Donnell Gue (fighting), 15:28; Odam Kgn (fighting), 15:28; Comrie Gue (hooking), 16:00; Gottschalk Gue (boarding), 18:32.
3rd Period-3, Kingston, Froats 10 (Mort, Sarault), 4:19. 4, Guelph, Holland 21 12:50 (sh). 5, Kingston, Lebar 12 (Pleckaitis, Fine), 15:36. 6, Kingston, Moon 24 (Gudbranson, Beskorowany), 19:19 (sh). Penalties-Farrell Kgn (tripping), 6:28; Menard Gue (interference), 12:12; Harnden Kgn (roughing), 19:00.
Shots on Goal-Guelph 21-5-13-39. Kingston 7-20-11-38.
Power Play Opportunities-Guelph 0 of 6; Kingston 1 of 6.
Goalies-Guelph, Foote 6-3-1-0 (38 shots-34 saves). Kingston, Beskorowany 20-20-1-2 (39 shots-37 saves).
Referees-Jason Faist (5), Scott Oakman (23).
Linesmen-Rick Janco (46), Patrick Brown (83).