Brock McGinn wasted little time getting back to work in a 5-0 win over the Kitchener Rangers at the Sleeman Centre on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2012.
The Fergus native scored a pair of first period goals in his return from an injury that held him out of the lineup since December 15th.
“We all know that he plays hard,” said Storm coach Scott Walker, who praised that line, calling them “heavy players.”
McGinn scored his goals just 2:16 seconds apart, with another from linemate Scott Kosmachuk sandwiched in between, to give the Storm a 3-0 lead after the first.
Centreman Jason Dickinson picked up assists on each of McGinn’s goals, giving him 48 points on the season to top his career total of 47 set last year. He extended that total with his third assist of the game, the second time he has hit that mark this weekend, in the third period.
“I’ve come a long way since last year,” said Dickinson. “It’s still early in the season to have as many points as I did last year and it’s a big accomplishment for me personally and I just want to keep excelling at it.”
The Dallas Stars first-rounder fought off a check in the right corner, kept skating behind the net where he stopped up and found McGinn at the right face-off circle for the first goal of the game.
Kosmachuk scored a similar goal from the same spot less than a minute later. This time it was Ryan Horvat setting up the goal with a pass from the corner.
McGinn tallied his second of the period just another minute later on the powerplay, with assists to Dickinson and Steven Trojanovic.
The game slowed down in the second and neither team was able to find the back of the net.
“I’d like to see us hang on to our habits longer,” said Walker of the team’s effort in the final frames. “But I thought the guys stuck with it pretty good.”
Robby Fabbri and Matt Finn found the back of the net in the third with a tap-in and a blast from the point. The assists went to Kerby Rychel, Zack Mitchell and Dickinson.
Justin Nichols turned away all 29 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season, who got help from his team’s disciplined play for the second straight night. Once again, Guelph only had one penalty to kill off.
The win closes out a six-point weekend for the team.
It was also the first weekend for them to see what they have down the stretch. The trade deadline has come and gone, the players representing their countries at various tournaments have returned and McGinn is the latest to be taken off the injured list. Tyler Bertuzzi remains the only player away right now.
“It gives everybody more confidence,” said Dickinson, who now has a better idea of where he fits into the lineup – playing centre on the second line. “It’s a good feeling knowing that it’s almost a guaranteed spot, but nothing is guaranteed in this league and this game you have to keep working to stay where you are and stay on top.”
The same could be said for the team as they sit in second place in the league, just three points back of Erie and six points up on London, who have one game in hand.
“They know what we expect, we put an awful lot lot on them,” said Walker. “The players take care of each other and expectations from each other and they do a heck of a job at it.”
Next Friday will be Kitchener’s turn to host the Storm as the Sleeman Centre will get a rare break from Friday night hockey. Guelph will then travel to Erie on Saturday and return home for a 6:30 matchup against the Kingston Frontenacs on Sunday.
Storm 5, Rangers 0
1-0 GUE McGinn (25) (Dickinson) 10:29
2-0 GUE Kosmachuk (31) (Horvat) 11:19
3-0 GUE McGinn (26) (Dickinson, Trojanovic) 12:45 PP
Penalties – Iafrate KIT (Roughing) 6:37, Teskey KIT (Roughing) 6:37, Rychel GUE (Roughing Double Minor) 6:37, Fanelli KIT (Slashing) 12:26, DiPerna KIT (Holding) 14:12, Blaisdell KIT (Hooking) 16:17
Penalties – None.
4-0 GUE Fabbri (27) (Mitchell, Rychel) 5:53
5-0 GUE Finn (9) (Dickinson) 18:43 PP
Penalties – Blaisdell KIT (Hooking) 1:06, Fabbri GUE (Tripping) 14:53, Marcantuoni KIT (High Sticking) 17:50
Shots KIT 9-9-11 – 29 GUE 14-15-18 – 47
Goalies KIT DeKort (6-14-1-0) 42-47 GUE Nichols (22-4-1-0) 29-29
Powerplay KIT 0-1 GUE 2-5
- McGinn, GUE
- Nichols, GUE
- Dickinson, GUE