First victory an ugly one

GUELPH — Pretty in pink it wasn’t, but at least they got the two points.

Wearing special pink-trimmed jerseys as part of a fundraiser for breast cancer research, the Guelph Storm got its first win of the season Sunday afternoon, a 6-5 shootout victory over the Kitchener Rangers at the Sleeman Centre.

While it might have been entertaining fare for the 3,592 in attendance, capped by Matt Kennedy scoring the lone goal of the shootout, it was a coach’s nightmare.

Bad penalties. Bad giveaways. More bad decisions than you could shake a stick at.

So you’ll have to excuse Storm coach/general manager Jason Brooks if he wasn’t exactly elated in victory.

“We outplayed them for 40 minutes, then we got sloppy — we started turning the puck over, we took stupid penalties and we didn’t backcheck,” said Brooks.

“We won, and we have to take that positive out of it, but we need to learn from this stuff. The only positive is that it’s early in the season and we have time to improve.”


Tony Saxon is the Mercury’s Guelph Storm beat reporter. He can be reached at or 519-823-6065. Check out his Saxon On The Storm blog at

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