The Guelph Storm racked up their fifth straight win on Thursday night over the East Division leading Peterborough Petes chasing Jason Missiaen from the Petes’ net only six minutes into the second on their way to a well played 6-3 win.
Moments after the Storm nearly jumped out a 1-0 lead off a two-on-one rush, the home side would grab the game’s opening goal on the counter attack when second-year forward Ryan Spooner picked up his own rebound and beat Matt Hoyle in the Guelph goal. The visitors would pour in three goals in just under five minutes beginning at 10:23 to grab a lead that they wouldn’t surrender. Matt Kennedy knotted the game at one apiece on a one-timer that beat Missiaen. Ben Chiarot would start the play with some nice work down low. Tyler Carroll picked up the loose puck and fed Peter Holland who slid a pass out front to Kennedy who snuck behind the Peterborough defence for his sixth of the season. The trio of Michael Latta, Taylor Beck and Conor O’Donnell made it three unanswered with two goals in only 11 seconds. Latta would give Guelph their first lead after Taylor Beck proved too much to handle for the Peterborough defenders. Beck would power through the defence and fire a shot over the net that rebounded off the end boards and found Latta’s stick in front of Missiaen. Latta quickly slapped his fourth of the campaign. Off the following faceoff, Chiarot fed a quick pass to Beck and the Niagara Falls native forced his way into the Peterborough zone again. This time, his shot caught the stick of a Petes’ blueliner and slid under Missiaen to make it 3-1. The hosts would cut the lead to one late in the opening stanza with their first of two powerplay markers in the game and Ryan Spooner would create the play again. The slick Petes forward snapped a quick shot from the circle that hit Brett Theberge in front of Hoyle in front of the net and beat Hoyle. Shots on goal in the first were 13-7 in favour of Guelph.
The second frame was another good one for the Storm as they solved Missiaen two more times while badly outshooting Peterborough 18-6. Kennedy would notch his team best seventh and fourth powerplay marker of the year to lift Guelph to a 4-2 lead. After Kennedy’s quick shot bounced in and out of the goal, play would continue for a moment with the referee behind the net signalling a goal. A brief video review proved the referee right and gave the visitors the eventual winning strike. Latta would add a second special teams marker to make it 5-2 Guelph. After a turnover at the Storm blueline, Latta and Beck broke away on a two-on-one. After freezing Missiaen and the Peterborough defender by using Beck as a decoy, Latta quickly snapped the last shot that the Petes goalie would face on the night over his left shoulder. With shots on goal 20-8 for the Storm, Missiaen was lifted in favour of Andrew D’Agostini. The first year netminder kept his team in the game the rest of the way stopping all 18 shots that he faced.
Guelph would lock down the Petes in the final 20 minutes and limited their hosts to only a few quality scoring chances at even strength. Late in the period, with Conor O’Donnell in the box, Peterborough’s Pat Daley would cap off a three point night when he fought off a couple of Guelph checks and managed to retain possession. The Petes’ top scorer this season, broke into the Storm zone and beat Hoyle in tight to make it 5-3 with just 3:13 to play in regulation. Peterborough would pull D’Agostini with over a minute to play in an effort to cut into Guelph’s lead, but it was the Storm that had the best scoring chances as three forwards fired at the empty net but shot wide each time. Then Adam Comrie pushed a Petes forward off the puck behind the Guelph goal line and fired the length of the ice into the open goal to make it a 6-3 final. Final shots on goal were 39-22 for the Storm.
The Eastern Conference will continue to provide the competition for the Storm with a pair of home games this weekend. On Friday night, the Belleville Bulls will visit the Sleeman Centre for a 7:30 start. Then on Sunday afternoon at 2 pm, the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors will make their only visit of the season to the Sleeman Centre. For tickets call or visit the Guelph Storm box office or purchase online at GuelphStorm.com.
Guelph Storm 6 At Peterborough Petes 3 – Status: Final
Oct 15, 2009 – Peterborough Memorial Centre
Guelph 3 2 1 – 6
Peterborough 2 0 1 – 3
1st Period-1, Peterborough, Spooner 5 (Daley, Doornbosch), 5:49. 2, Guelph, Kennedy 6 (Holland, Carroll), 10:23. 3, Guelph, Latta 4 (Beck, O’Donnell), 14:54. 4, Guelph, Beck 4 (Chiarot, Latta), 15:05. 5, Peterborough, Theberge 8 (Spooner, Daley), 19:25 (pp). Penalties-Braithwaite Pbo (check from behind), 6:33; Syvret Gue (interference), 18:15; Walchessen Pbo (holding), 19:47.
2nd Period-6, Guelph, Kennedy 7 (Carroll, Syvret), 3:26 (pp). 7, Guelph, Latta 5 (Beck, Maione), 6:16 (sh). Penalties-Braithwaite Pbo (tripping), 1:51; Chiarot Gue (roughing), 5:18; Theberge Pbo (inter. on goaltender), 10:30; Heelis Pbo (interference), 13:49; Buonomo Pbo (check from behind), 14:37; Heelis Pbo (check to the head), 16:01; Daley Pbo (misc-abuse of off.), 19:36.
3rd Period-8, Peterborough, Daley 5 (Doornbosch), 16:47 (pp). 9, Guelph, Comrie 2 19:45 (en). Penalties-McNaughton Gue (hooking), 6:55; Latta Gue (fighting), 9:37; Smith Pbo (fighting), 9:37; O’Donnell Gue (tripping), 15:19.
Shots on Goal-Guelph 13-18-8-39. Peterborough 7-6-9-22.
Power Play Opportunities-Guelph 1 of 7; Peterborough 2 of 4.
Goalies-Guelph, Hoyle 3-1-0-1 (22 shots-19 saves). Peterborough, Missiaen 6-4-0-0 (20 shots-15 saves); D’Agostini 0-1-0-0 (18 shots-18 saves).
Referees-David Gauthier (28), Scott Ferguson (35).
Linesmen-Matthew Traub (50), Jordan Browne (93).