Friday night at the Sleeman Centre, Storm jumped out to a 6-2 lead early in the third period and then hung on to defeat the Peterborough Petes 6-5.
While the Petes managed only one shot in the first eight minutes, the Storm scored on two of their first three shots on Jason Missiaen to grab a 2-0 advantage. Menard opened the scoring at 2:50 deflecting a point shot under Missiaen. Less than three minutes later Guelph doubled their lead to a pair on a powerplay goal by Taylor Beck from Michael Latta and Peter Holland. The Petes woke up after the second goal hitting Foote with nine more shots, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
A busy second period with the two clubs combining for five goals. After the Petes cut the score to 2-1, Guelph would answer with three of their own to take a 5-1 lead. With less than a minute remaining in the middle frame, Peterborough notched their second of the night to make it 5-2 after forty. Only 21 seconds into the period, Jamie Wise grabbed a rebound off the transition and finally solved Foote. Before the goal was announced, Guelph restored the two goal cushion on Beck’s second of the game. Conor O’Donnell started the play, creating a turnover in the neutral zone and springing Tyler Carroll and Beck on a two-on-one. Carroll would slide it to Beck, who touched it between Missiaen’s legs for his 31st of the season. A few minutes later, Michael Latta scored Guelph’s second powerplay marker of the contest with a wristshot from the faceoff dot that Missiaen couldn’t handle. Another neutral zone turnover by Peterborough moments after the midway mark of the stanza resulted in another Guelph goal. This time it was Cody McNaughton striking for his 13th of the year as he was being hauled down. After killing off 1:39 of five-on-three, the Storm looked like they would head to the break up four until a bad bounce on another man advantage gave Peterborough their second marker. Jamie Doornbosch did the damage with a backhand from behind the net that hit Foote’s leg and rolled in. Shots on goal after the second were 29-19 in favour of the Petes.
Up three goals entering the third, the Storm restored their four goal lead inside the first minute on Matt Sisca’s 29th of the season. Holland picked up his third assist of the game on Sisca’s eventual winner. Brett Theberge sparked the visitors’ comeback with a pair of goals to narrow the lead to just 6-4 with 6:03 remaining in regulation. Then late in the frame with Missiaen on the bench in favour of the extra attacker, Peterborough’s Matt Puempel narrowed the lead to just one and made the final minute far too interesting for the likes of the Storm and the 4,600 plus in attendance. Despite some late pressure including a six-on-four powerplay in the dying seconds, Guelph would hold Peterborough off the board and hold on for a 6-5 victory.
The Storm will play three in three for the second straight weekend with a pair of road games following Friday’s contest. On Saturday night, Guelph will travel to Plymouth to face the Whalers, before heading to Saginaw for a Sunday afternoon 4 pm start. The next home action for the Storm will be next Friday, March 5th when the Sarnia Sting come to town for a 7:30 start.
eterborough Petes 5 At Guelph Storm 6 – Status: In Progress (FINAL)
Feb 26, 2010 – Sleeman Centre
Peterborough 0 2 3 – 5
Guelph 2 3 1 – 6
1st Period-1, Guelph, Menard 7 (Campbell, Syvret), 2:50. 2, Guelph, Beck 30 (Latta, Holland), 5:31 (pp). Penalties-Robertson Pbo (hooking), 4:00; Heelis Pbo (hooking), 7:51; Lofquist Gue (holding), 15:04.
2nd Period-3, Peterborough, Wise 3 (Larson, Walchessen), 0:21. 4, Guelph, Beck 31 (O’Donnell, Carroll), 0:31. 5, Guelph, Latta 30 (Holland, Syvret), 3:13 (pp). 6, Guelph, McNaughton 13 10:51. 7, Peterborough, Doornbosch 11 (Theberge), 19:36 (pp). Penalties-Breen Pbo (tripping), 2:46; Gottschalk Gue (interference), 3:36; O’Donnell Gue (tripping), 13:18; Holland Gue (roughing), 13:39; Latta Gue (hooking), 18:14.
3rd Period-8, Guelph, Sisca 29 (Latta, Holland), 0:47. 9, Peterborough, Theberge 15 (Breen, Heelis), 5:44. 10, Peterborough, Theberge 16 (Lomas, Walchessen), 13:57 (pp). 11, Peterborough, Puempel 27 (Daley, Sedlak), 18:53. Penalties-Birkhoff Pbo (fighting), 0:00; Van Laren Gue (fighting), 0:00; Buonomo Pbo (cross checking), 1:59; Wise Pbo (fighting), 7:20; Tresham Gue (fighting), 7:20; Robertson Pbo (roughing, 10-min. misc.), 11:59; Sandlak Gue (roughing, 10-min. misc.), 11:59.
Shots on Goal-Peterborough 10-19-2-31. Guelph 6-13-1-20.
Power Play Opportunities-Peterborough 2 of 5; Guelph 2 of 4.
Goalies-Peterborough, Missiaen 24-27-1-2 (20 shots-14 saves). Guelph, Foote 12-7-1-0 (31 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Joe Celestin (4), Seth Ferguson (39).
Linesmen-Ben Wilson (92), Chris Thornton (89).