It was a well-earned win for the Guelph Storm.
Entering Friday night’s game, the Storm were trailing the Windsor Spitfires by two points in the standings. Following the solid 3-1 victory at the Sleeman Centre, the Storm and Spitfires are now tied for sixth in the Western Conference.
In the team’s third straight win, Nate Schnarr posted one goal and one assist for first star honours, while netminder Anthony Popovich turned away 28 of 29 attempts as the game’s third star. Rookie Cam Hillis, although pointless, was recognized as the second star for an all-around strong performance.
For the Spitfires, Curtis Douglas had the lone goal, with Michael DiPietro making 22 of 25 saves in the loss.
To start the game, the Spitfires came out firing, outshooting the Storm 15-3 through the first half of the frame. It was Popovich standing tall between the pipes, keeping it locked at zeroes on the board until Hawel fired a wrist shot from the slot to open the scoring at the 11:59 mark.
From there, the Storm stayed the course to a well-played, well-earned win, with Schnarr registering the eventual game winner in the middle frame. On the power play, Garrett McFadden fed the Arizona Coyotes prospect walking in, who made no mistake to bury his 11th of the season.
58 seconds later, Barret Kirwin made it 3-0 off a nice backhand in front for his ninth of the year.
That would just about do it, with the Spitfires managing to break the shutout bid with 1:50 remaining in the game with a tally from Douglas, to make it a 3-1 final.
The Storm return to action on Sunday afternoon, visiting the Kitchener Rangers for a 2pm start.
Windsor Spitfires 1 at Guelph Storm 3 – Status: Final
Friday, January 19, 2018 – Sleeman Centre
Windsor 0 0 1 – 1
Guelph 1 2 0 – 3
1st Period–1, Guelph, Hawel 6 11:59. Penalties-Ratcliffe Gue (hooking), 8:51; Douglas Wsr (slashing), 13:21; Shankar Wsr (roughing), 20:00; Merkley Gue (roughing, slashing), 20:00.
2nd Period–2, Guelph, Schnarr 11 (McFadden, Merkley), 13:22 (PP). 3, Guelph, Kirwin 9 (Schnarr, Ralph), 15:20. Penalties-Schnarr Gue (slashing), 8:26; Boka Wsr (cross checking), 9:50; Purboo Wsr (hooking), 12:35; Shankar Wsr (charging), 17:01.
3rd Period-4, Windsor, Douglas 13 (Smith), 18:10. Penalties-Stevenson Wsr (delay of game), 7:16; Corcoran Wsr (cross checking), 8:10; Merkley Gue (slashing), 8:10; Samorukov Gue (hooking), 11:23; served by Douglas Wsr (too many men), 12:21.
Shots on Goal-Windsor 17-4-8-29. Guelph 13-8-4-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Windsor 0 / 4; Guelph 1 / 6.
Goalies-Windsor, DiPietro 20-12-1-1 (25 shots-22 saves). Guelph, Popovich 21-13-1-2 (29 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Pat Myers (40), Ben Moser (18).
Linesmen-Ryan Holmstead (91), Kevin Hastings (61).