Sunday afternoon in front of 4,343 at the Sleeman Centre, the Storm bounced back from a shutout loss on Saturday in a big way firing seven goals against the visiting Sudbury Wolves in a one sided 7-2 victory.
With the win, the Storm clinches a berth in the OHL Playoffs for the 21st consecutive season. Only the Plymouth Whalers, who have qualified 22 years in a row have a longer current streak.
The trio of Patrick Watling (pictured), Ryan Horvat and Brody Milne paced the Storm attack on Sunday combining for six points including three by Watling in a first star performance. Out since December 15th with a broken jaw, Milne scored the eventual game winner mid-way through the opening frame.
Andrey Pedan, Jason Dickinson and Scott Kosmachuk also had multi-point afternoons. Winners of three in a row on home ice, Guelph has scored 17 times in the victories.
Guelph still sits fifth overall in the Western Conference five points behind the fourth place Kitchener Rangers and home ice advantage in the first round.
Next Friday night, the Storm begins a stretch of three straight away from the Sleeman Centre against the Soo Greyhounds. On Sunday afternoon, the Wolves will no doubt be looking to avenge the 7-2 defeat in Guelph when they welcome the Storm to the Nickel City. Then two nights later, the Storm will square off against their Highway 7 rivals, the Kitchener Rangers.
The next home action for Guelph will be a pair of West Division tilts starting Friday, March 8th versus the Soo Greyhounds, with the Saginaw Spirit coming to town one night later on Saturday, March 9th.
Sudbury Wolves 2 at Guelph Storm 7 – Status: Final
Sunday, February 24, 2013 – Sleeman Centre
Sudbury 2 0 0 – 2
Guelph 4 2 1 – 7
1st Period-1, Guelph, Watling 9 (Bauman, Bertuzzi), 6:55. 2, Sudbury, Kantor 15 8:44. 3, Guelph, Kosmachuk 31 (Garlent, Mitchell), 9:15. 4, Guelph, Milne 2 (Horvat, Watling), 9:29. 5, Sudbury, Kantor 16 (Baptiste), 11:32. 6, Guelph, Horvat 8 (Beukeboom, Watling), 18:45. Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period-7, Guelph, McNaughton 12 (Dickinson, Pedan), 1:55 (SH). 8, Guelph, Leslie 9 (Pedan, Kosmachuk), 3:47 (PP). Penalties-McGinn Gue (check to the head), 0:28; Kantor Sby (roughing), 2:51.
3rd Period-9, Guelph, Dickinson 17 (Fabbri, McGinn), 7:18. Penalties-Kantor Sby (boarding), 0:26; Bauman Gue (roughing), 3:35; Dodero Sby (fighting), 7:43; Auger Gue (fighting), 7:43; Pancel Sby (fighting), 12:33; Leslie Gue (fighting), 12:33; Posa Gue (delay of game), 16:22; Kantor Sby (fighting), 19:35; Bauman Gue (fighting), 19:35.
Shots on Goal-Sudbury 6-12-8-26. Guelph 17-12-7-36.
Power Play Opportunities-Sudbury 0 / 3; Guelph 1 / 2.
Goalies-Sudbury, Dupuis 4-5-0-1 (21 shots-15 saves); Palazzese 15-12-3-6 (15 shots-14 saves). Guelph, Sparks 31-14-0-4 (26 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Bob Langdon (7), David Gauthier (28).
Linesmen-Jean-Francois Menard (52), Dustin McCrank (68).