One night after surrendering a late goal to lose in Kingston, the Storm did the same to Belleville to grab a crucial 5-4 win over the Bulls. Tomorrow afternoon, Guelph will travel to Ottawa to play their third game in less than 48 hours in a difficult Eastern Ontario swing.
Outshot 51-27 by the Bulls, goaltender Brandon Foote was terrific again for the Storm making his 12th consecutive start since returning from hip surgery.
Just ten minutes into the first period, the Storm penalty kill had already held Belleville’s powerplay off the board on three straight opportunities. Each team would get another chance with the man advantage in the first, but in spite of the powerplays neither team could find the back of the net in a scoreless opening twenty.
The second period was all Belleville on the shot clock with 23 compared to only eight by Guelph, but it was the Storm that left the period with a one goal lead. Carter Sandlak started a scoring spree that saw five goals combined by the two teams in less than ten minutes. Sam Lofquist set up the opening tally with a point shot that hit a Belleville stick in the high slot before Sandlak redirected it a second time past Anthony Peters. Before the PA announcer finished Sandlak’s goal call, the Storm doubled their lead to 2-0 on Matt Sisca’s 25th of the year. Taylor Beck picked up the lone assist weaving through a pair of Belleville defencemen and shooting it low at the Bulls’ net where Sisca jumped on the loose puck. Belleville would cut the lead in half on Jan Kaminsky’s first of the year banging in a rebound that kicked straight up on Foote and dropped in a crowd of players inside the blue paint. For the second time, the Storm would jump ahead by a pair and Beck and Sisca were in on the goal again. Guelph’s leading scorer slid it out front to Sisca, who let go a weak shot that Tyson Teichmann couldn’t cover up and Francis Menard jumped on the loose puck for an easy tap in. Kyle Decoste would make it a one goal cushion heading into the second intermission deflecting a hard shot by Shawn Lalonde behind Foote.
After striking for five goals in a busy ten minutes, the game remained 3-2 for almost fourteen minutes until Peter Holland scored his third in two nights to give Guelph their third two-goal lead of the contest. Connor Tresham’s stretch pass sent Holland in all alone on Peters, who was back in the net to start the third after being replaced in the second, for a backhand goal between the Belleville netminder’s legs extending Holland’s point scoring streak to nine games. Looking comfortable with a two goal lead and less than ten minutes to play, Guelph would surrender a pair in 74 seconds to stumble to a 4-4 tie. Lalonde would make it 4-3 with a point shot over Foote, before Richard Panik hit a Storm defenceman on a one-on-one rush and skated into the loose puck with Foote out of position looking to make the first stop and quickly fired the equalizer past the Guelph goalie. Needing two points to remain in the Western Conference playoff picture, the Storm would get a late goal off the stick of defenceman Adam Comrie from Holland with only 75 seconds to play. The Bulls looked to tie the game in the dying seconds when Adam Payerl knocked a clearing attempt out of the air and past Foote, but the goal was overturned after a video review for contact with a high stick.
The Storm will have a short rest tonight to prepare for a tough road contest at 2 pm in Ottawa versus the first place 67’s. Next week is another busy one for the Storm beginning Wednesday night at the Sleeman Centre for a 7 pm game against Tyler Seguin (ranked #2 for the upcoming NHL Draft) and the Plymouth Whalers. Wednesday night’s game is the last ‘Wecession Wednesday’ for the Storm with all regular priced lower bowl tickets just $5.00. Friday night, the Sarnia Sting come to the Sleeman Centre, before a Saturday night date in Owen Sound. Monday afternoon at 2 pm, it’s the Storm’s annual Family Day holiday game when the London Knights come to town. For tickets to any of the three games, call or visit the Storm box office or buy online at GuelphStorm.com.
Guelph Storm 5 At Belleville Bulls 4 – Status: End of Game
Feb 6, 2010 – Yardmen Arena
Guelph 0 3 2 – 5
Belleville 0 2 2 – 4
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Sandlak Gue (elbowing), 1:44; Marsden Gue (check from behind), 4:36; Beck Gue (tripping), 7:36; Luciani Belv (hooking), 10:23; O’Donnell Gue (cross checking), 18:20.
2nd Period-1, Guelph, Sandlak 7 (Lofquist, Syvret), 4:52 (pp). 2, Guelph, Sisca 25 (Beck), 5:24. 3, Belleville, Kaminsky 1 (Eden, Catto), 6:20. 4, Guelph, Menard 4 (Sisca, Beck), 12:21. 5, Belleville, DeCoste 16 (Lalonde, Silas), 14:21. Penalties-Panik Belv (elbowing), 1:27; Howe Belv (roughing), 4:38; Beck Gue (holding), 9:42; Marsden Gue (fighting), 16:24; O’Donnell Gue (10-min. misc.), 16:24; Bezzo Belv (fighting), 16:24.
3rd Period-6, Guelph, Holland 22 (Tresham, Syvret), 8:11. 7, Belleville, Lalonde 10 (DeCoste, Silas), 10:07. 8, Belleville, Panik 14 (DeCoste, Payerl), 11:21. 9, Guelph, Comrie 9 (Holland), 18:45. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Guelph 11-8-8-27. Belleville 13-23-15-51.
Power Play Opportunities-Guelph 1 of 3; Belleville 0 of 5.
Goalies-Guelph, Foote 6-4-1-0 (51 shots-47 saves). Belleville, Peters 7-9-2-0 (22 shots-18 saves); Teichmann 3-12-0-2 (5 shots-4 saves).
Referees-Jason Goldenberg (19), Mike Pearce (25).
Linesmen-Sean McLoughlin (59), Allan Detlor (85).