By Tony Saxon, Guelph Mercury –
Then they decided to play some pond hockey.
Despite a sloppy display over the game’s final 15 minutes, the Storm was able to hold on for a 6-5 win over the struggling Petes, losers of eight straight.
With the win Guelph moves one point ahead of the idle Owen Sound Attack for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference and four points behind the Saginaw Spirit.
Guelph led 2-0 after the first period, 5-1 midway through the second frame and 6-2 in the first minute of the third.
But apparently the lead went to their collective heads and they seemed more interested in trying to set up Taylor Beck for his hat trick than finishing the job at hand.
Peterborough scored three straight — the last one with 1:07 left on the clock. They had a couple of chances to tie it with goaltender Jake Missiaen on the bench for the extra attacker, but couldn’t put the equalizer past Storm goaltender Brandon Foote.
“Maybe we eased off a bit in the third period when we thought it was over, but that can’t happen,” said Storm forward Taylor Beck, who returned from a knee injury to score twice on the night.
“If they’d have gotten a bounce at the end of the game, we’d have ended up in overtime.”
Peter Holland echoed his teammate’s sentiments.
“We got up 6-2 and maybe the guys felt they had more room and could be more creative. Obviously that got us into trouble tonight,” said Holland, who picked up three assists on the evening.
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