Friday night, the Storm’s Carter Sandlak gave the visitors an early 1-0 lead before Knights fans rained down bears and their team rained down goals in an 8-1 win over Guelph.
Playing in his hometown, Sandlak would spot the Storm a 1-0 lead just 3:44 into the game. Guelph’s first round pick would cut through the slot and jump on a Tyler Carroll rebound for his third goal in his last eight games. While the Storm outshot London 18-11 in the opening 20 minutes, it was the home side that would carry a 2-1 lead into the break thanks to a pair of shorthanded tallies. Justin Taylor would notch a goal with London down a man to tie the game, before Nazem Kadri scored the eventual winner with 2:15 to play in the period.
In the second, the Knights would add three more. London captain Justin Taylor picked his second goal of the night and added two helpers in the second to give him five points after 40.
The third was more of the same with the Storm powerplay outscored by the Knights’ penalty kill again. London would add three more unanswered to give them a seven goal edge including their third shorthanded marker of the night.
Special teams were obviously lopsided in this game with Guelph 0 for 7 on the man advantage while allowing three shorthanded goals. Meanwhile, the Knights would only have two powerplay attempts and connected on one.
The Storm will look to regroup when they host the Kitchener Rangers on Sunday afternoon at 2 pm. For tickets call (519) 837-9690 or visit the Storm box office or purchase online at GuelphStorm.com.
Guelph Storm 1 At London Knights 8 – Status: Final
Dec 4, 2009 – John Labatt Centre
Guelph 1 0 0 – 1
London 2 3 3 – 8
1st Period-1, Guelph, Sandlak 3 (Carroll, O’Donnell), 3:44. 2, London, Taylor 15 (Kadri, Tarasuk), 7:49 (sh). 3, London, Kadri 16 (Taylor), 17:45 (sh). Penalties-Rinaldo Ldn (slashing), 6:55; Chiarot Gue (high sticking), 11:55; Taylor Ldn (roughing), 11:55; Ashman Ldn (slashing), 16:25.
2nd Period-4, London, Varone 4 (Taylor), 0:43. 5, London, Tarasuk 8 (Varone, Taylor), 15:48. 6, London, Taylor 16 (Erlich, McRae), 16:39 (pp). Penalties-Lofquist Gue (fighting, misc. – jersey), 6:38; Rinaldo Ldn (fighting), 6:38; Salters Ldn (interference), 6:40; McNaughton Gue (check to the head, fighting), 16:04; Mitchell Gue (roughing), 16:04; Kadri Ldn (roughing), 16:04; Tarasuk Ldn (fighting), 16:04.
3rd Period-7, London, Knight 13 (Kadri, McRae), 1:03. 8, London, Tarasuk 9 3:36 (sh). 9, London, Salters 8 (D’Orazio, Tarasuk), 9:59. Penalties-Martin Ldn (tripping), 3:27; Martin Ldn (tripping), 5:48; Lofquist Gue (hooking), 7:56; Kadri Ldn (high sticking), 12:38; Rinaldo Ldn (charging), 16:43.
Shots on Goal-Guelph 18-12-6-36. London 11-14-16-41.
Power Play Opportunities-Guelph 0 of 7; London 1 of 2.
Goalies-Guelph, Hoyle 5-7-0-1 (41 shots-33 saves). London, Hutchinson 12-6-0-0 (36 shots-35 saves).
Referees-Darren Price (3), Mike Pearce (25).
Linesmen-Tim Steen (75), Dustin McCrank (68).