Sunday afternoon at the Sleeman Centre, after falling behind 3-0 in the first period, Guelph made a game of it by closing to 4-3 before surrendering an empty net goal late in a 5-3 defeat.
Matt Hoyle got the start on Sunday afternoon for Guelph after a solid appearance in relief of Cody St. Jacques on Saturday night in London. On Sunday, Hoyle’s day would be a short one after he gave up two goals on six shots and St. Jacques got the nod. The Frontenacs would open the scoring when an Ethan Werek shot came out to Zach Hamden for his 13th of the year. Kingston would add a pair of powerplay goals just over six minutes apart to grab a 3-0 lead. An Erik Gudbranson point shot that went in short side on Hoyle spelled the end of his day and then Taylor Doherty one-timed a backdoor pass to make it three unanswered. Shots on goal in the first were 13-8 in favour of Kingston.
The second period was a much better one for the hosts as they outshot their opponents 14-5 and outscored them 2-1. Ben Chiarot put the Storm on the board when he banged in a loose puck in front of Tyler Beskorowany after Peter Holland fought off a backchecker to get the first shot. The Frontenacs restored their three goal lead at 9:24 on Werek’s 17th of the season before JP Labardo (pictured) pulled Guelph back within two on a broken play when Tyler Carroll fanned on a pass attempt and Labardo poked at the feed and slid it between Beskorowany’s legs.
Guelph carried their second period momentum into the final stanza and notched their first powerplay goal of the afternoon to narrow the gap to 4-3. Taylor Beck picked up the Storm’s third of the game with a long shot that Beskorowany blocked before the rebound hit Frontenacs’ blueliner Brian Lashoff in the back and ended up in the goal. The Storm would have chances to tie in the final 20 with 15 shots on goal compared to 6 by Kingston but couldn’t manage the equalizer. With Cody St. Jacques on the bench late for the extra attacker, Kingston would add some insurance with Zach Harnden finishing into the empty net.
The Storm play a pair of games before the OHL’s holiday break beginning Friday night in Kitchener. One day later, the Plymouth Whalers visit the Sleeman Centre for a 2 pm Saturday afternoon start. For tickets to Saturday’s game, visit or call the Guelph Storm box office or buy online at GuelphStorm.com
Kingston Frontenacs 5 At Guelph Storm 3 – Status: In Progress (0:00 remaining in 3rd)
Dec 13, 2009 – Sleeman Centre
Kingston 3 1 1 – 5
Guelph 0 2 1 – 3
1st Period-1, Kingston, Harnden 13 (Werek, Geldart), 0:26. 2, Kingston, Gudbranson 2 (Kruzik, Fine), 7:32 (pp). 3, Kingston, Doherty 5 (Werek, Moon), 13:37 (pp). Penalties-Chiarot Gue (delay of game), 5:37; Fine Kgn (fighting), 10:47; Tresham Gue (fighting), 10:47; Lashoff Kgn (hooking), 10:54; Menard Gue (interference), 13:28; McNaughton Gue (slashing), 15:08.
2nd Period-4, Guelph, Chiarot 3 (Holland, McNaughton), 4:06. 5, Kingston, Werek 17 (Harnden, Doherty), 9:24. 6, Guelph, Labardo 4 (Carroll, Sandlak), 14:49. Penalties-Labardo Gue (cross checking), 5:25; Doherty Kgn (hooking), 15:03; Chiarot Gue (delay of game), 18:46; Werek Kgn (roughing), 19:50; Comrie Gue (roughing), 19:50; Holland Gue (roughing), 19:50.
3rd Period-7, Guelph, Beck 18 (Latta, Lofquist), 5:36 (pp). 8, Kingston, Harnden 14 (Moon), 19:34 (pp en). Penalties-Doherty Kgn (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 0:22; Gudbranson Kgn (slashing), 1:01; Beck Gue (tripping), 1:34; Doherty Kgn (elbowing), 5:09; Lofquist Gue (tripping, 10-min. misc.), 18:42; Fine Kgn (holding), 18:51; Latta Gue (elbowing, 10-min. misc.), 18:51.
Shots on Goal-Kingston 13-5-6-24. Guelph 8-14-15-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Kingston 3 of 8; Guelph 1 of 4.
Goalies-Kingston, Beskorowany 12-15-0-2 (33 shots-30 saves). Guelph, Hoyle 5-7-0-1 (6 shots-4 saves); St. Jacques 8-11-1-0 (17 shots-15 saves).