The Guelph Storm are certainly in the habit of making things interesting, writing another dramatic comeback in Barrie on Saturday night.
Down 3-0 at one point to the Barrie Colts, the Storm eventually made their way back to a 3-3 game in the third period before the Colts responded to take the game in a 5-3 final.
Penalty trouble was a close second for storylines, as the Storm took 15 straight minutes (including a five minute major) of penalties starting near the midway point of the second. The penalty kill, certainly worthy of credit, managed to kill off five of the six man-advantages.
Dmitri Samorukov, Liam Hawel, and Barrie native, Barrett Kirwin, were the goal scorers for the Storm, while Aidan Brown stole the spotlight for the Colts, recording two goals – including the game winner – as the contest’s first star.
Rookie Nico Daws got the nod in net for the Storm, putting forth an outstanding performance despite the loss, keeping his team in the game for the majority of the first two periods with a total of 39 saves.
Leo Lazarev also had a strong display between the pipes for the Colts, making 32 saves in the win.
The Colts jumped ahead to an early 2-0 lead, potting the game’s opening goal 2:12 into the contest, followed by Brown’s first of the game just over two minutes later.
From there, the Storm’s special teams took over – specifically in the middle frame – as through the 9:05 point of the second to the beginning of the third period, the penalty kill was at work. It took the Colts’ sixth man-advantage (at the 8:06 point of the final frame) to finally capitalize, making it a 3-0 game with just over 10 minutes remaining.
In the latter half of the third, the Storm made a game of it, jumping on the board with a power play marker of their own as a Samorukov wrist shot made it a 3-1 contest.
21 seconds later, Hawel followed suit, pulling the Storm to within one with his 12th of the season, and third goal in the last two games.
With just 4:11 remaining in the game, Kirwin – a Barrie native – tied things up at three-a-piece, completing the comeback for the Storm with his 12th of the season.
Less than a minute later, though, Brown took advantage of a weak defensive effort on the Storm’s side of things, putting the Colts up 4-3 with his second of the game.
With six seconds left, Dmitry Sokolov grabbed the empty netter to make it a 5-3 final in favour of the home squad.
The Storm will look to quickly rebound on Sunday afternoon as they close out a three-in-three weekend hosting the Mississauga Steelheads for a 4pm puck drop at the Sleeman Centre. Purchase your tickets online here, by calling (519) 837-9690, or in person at the Guelph Storm Box Office in Old Quebec Street Mall.
Guelph Storm 3 at Barrie Colts 5 – Status: End of Game
Saturday, February 24, 2018 – Barrie Molson Centre
Guelph 0 0 3 – 3
Barrie 2 0 3 – 5
1st Period-1, Barrie, Magwood 21 (Chiodo, Allensen), 2:12. 2, Barrie, Brown 4 (Peca, Allensen), 4:36.
Penalties-McFadden Gue (delay of game), 8:42; Allensen Bar (hooking), 11:42.
2nd Period– No Scoring.
Penalties-Daws Gue (tripping), 9:05; Hillis Gue (inter. on goaltender), 12:16; Poirier Gue (check to the head, game misc-check to head), 15:56; Hillis Gue (slashing), 19:58.
3rd Period-3, Barrie, Chiodo 23 (Luchuk, Svechnikov), 8:06 (PP). 4, Guelph, Samorukov 10 (Ratcliffe, McFadden), 13:40 (PP). 5, Guelph, Hawel 12 (Samorukov), 14:01. 6, Guelph, Kirwin 12 (Toropchenko), 15:49. 7, Barrie, Brown 5 (Willms), 16:23. 8, Barrie, Sokolov 41 (Svechnikov, Murray), 19:53 (EN).
Penalties-Merkley Gue (slashing), 7:23; Merkley Gue (game misconduct), 9:14; Ratcliffe Gue (check from behind), 9:14; Brown Bar (check from behind), 9:14; Murray Bar (slashing), 13:27.
Shots on Goal–Guelph 13-9-13-35. Barrie 16-13-15-44.
Power Play Opportunities–Guelph 1 / 2; Barrie 1 / 6.
Goalies–Guelph, Daws 1-6-0-1 (43 shots-39 saves). Barrie, Lazarev 28-16-2-0 (35 shots-32 saves).
Referees-Jason Goldenberg (19), Mike Marley (31).
Linesmen-Justin Herrington (58), Will Dykeman (53).