By Tony Saxon, GUELPHTODAY.com
If the talent gap is wide, the work ethic gap better not be.
But Guelph Storm coach Jarrod Skalde felt his team had a serious work ethic issue Friday night at the Sleeman Centre and that wasn’t a good thing against a very skilled Sarnia Sting squad.
The Storm was completely outplayed, falling 6-2 to the Sting.
“I just didn’t think that the extra effort that’s required to compete against a team like that was there tonight,” Skalde said after the one-sided affair.
“Secondary opportunities in front … their fourth man beating us up the ice …. there was some compete issues tonight. That’s a good hockey team and they exposed some of our weaknesses.”
Guelph was clearly a step behind Sarnia all night, most notably on the back check, with Storm forwards continually late getting back to help out with the defensive chores.
“We’ve had some success when the effort is there from everybody,” Skalde said. “If we don’t have that compete effort from 20 guys, it’s going to be a tough night.”
Don’t let the score fool you.
The Storm escaped the first period down 1-0 more by the grace of God than anything. The Sting had four power plays and you had a feeling that eventually they were going to start capitalizing on their many chances.
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