Ryan Kinsey, Guelphstorm.com –
The Storm got redemption on the Mississauga Steelheads on Friday night, winning the second pre-season match between the two teams 5-3 at the Milton Sports Centre. The town of Milton filled the arena and were treated to an exciting, physical brand of hockey.
The Storm opened up the scoring on a rebound goal from Detroit Red Wings second-round pick Tyler Bertuzzi. They extended the lead to 2-0 just five minutes later on a power-play goal from Los Angeles Kings draft pick Zac Leslie. The veteran defenseman crept in on the right wing point to snap a wrist shot by Mississauga Steelheads goalie Dawson Carty. Justin Nichols came up big in the Storm net to keep the Steelheads off the scoresheet in the first with a beautiful glove save on Lucas Venuto point blank in the slot. The Storm carried the play offensively in the first frame, outshooting the Steelheads 12-3.
The physicality picked up in the second period quickly with a knee-on-knee hit by Stephen Gibson on Jason Dickinson. After Justin Nichols made a nice stop on a 2-on-1, Dickinson made a nice back-check on a 5 on 3 to take away an empty net goal for the Steelheads.
The Storm scored first in the second on a nice tic-tac-toe play started by rookie Matthew Hotchkiss, and finished by Zac Leslie and Justin Auger for the goal. As the period wore on the game became more chippy, initiating a fight between Storm rookie Aleks Rapp and Jacob Graves. Justin Nichols was solid in the second period, stopping 17 of 18 shots against, including a nice left pad save and another on the second effort to stop the rebound.
Guelph opened the third period scoring on a goal by Adam Craievich, who won the 2014 Ivan Tennant Memorial Award (Top Academic High School Student). Mississauga cut the Storm lead in half on a nice snap shot over the blocker of Justin Nichols. The Storm ran into penalty troubles in the third period, including two 5-on-3 disadvantages, but managed to kill them off. Nichols came across the crease to stop a sure goal with his helmet on a 5-on-3 powerplay to keep the 4-2 lead. The Storm iced the game 5-3 on a nice forehand, backhand breakaway deke to pot the goal by Mark Stevens.
- The Storm continue the pre-season tomorrow night against the Barrie Colts in Barrie. The next home pre-season game is on Friday, September 12th at the Sleeman Centre versus the Plymouth Whalers.
- Noah Carroll, Robby Fabbri, Austin Hall and Ryan Migliaccio all sat out Friday’s victory over Mississauga