It was a night of redemption for the Storm as they captured Game Three in front of a raucous Sleeman Centre crowd and climbed back into their Western Conference Quarterfinal Series against the Kitchener Rangers. Game Four of the best-of-seven goes Thursday night in Guelph at 7 pm.
Shutout by Rangers’ netminder John Gibson for close to 154 consecutive minutes, the Storm offence redeemed itself with three tallies in under four minutes.
For blueliner Andrey Pedan, the four minute stretch was also attonement for an ill advised ten minute misconduct that he took late in the middle frame. When he finally left the penalty box, the Moscow native broke Gibson’s shutout streak with a brilliant individual effort and then added his third of the series on a long point shot to even the score at two.
After a Kitchener timeout and an extended delay as the Sleeman Centre staff repaired the glass, Guelph electrified the crowd with the game winner as Scott Kosmachuck battled at the side of the goal and banged in his first of the post-season from Brock Beukeboom and Robby Fabbri.
Ahead 3-2 with 1:49 remaining, the Storm hung on after the Rangers pulled Gibson in favour of an extra attacker. The crowd was on their feet when Pedan fired at the empty net and hit iron in his attempt at a hat trick. After that Kitchener failed to get the puck in deep and the home side clinched the win.
Down 2-1 in the series, the Storm will host Game Four on Thursday night at 7. Tickets are still available in person, or by calling the Sleeman Centre box office at (519) 837-9690. Purchase online at Ticketmaster.ca without service charge.
Kitchener Rangers 2 at Guelph Storm 3 – Status: Final
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – Sleeman Centre
Kitchener 1 0 1 – 2
Guelph 0 0 3 – 3
1st Period-1, Kitchener, Thomson 1 (Rieder), 12:31. Penalties-Pedan Gue (cross checking), 2:51; Richard Gue (high sticking), 5:59; Murphy Kit (interference), 6:39; Iafrate Kit (roughing), 8:45; Richard Gue (check to the head), 9:44; McEneny Kit (high sticking), 10:30; Thomson Kit (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 14:34; McNaughton Gue (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 14:34; McEneny Kit (interference), 17:55.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Posa Gue (tripping), 7:34; Meighan Kit (holding), 10:25; Meighan Kit (hooking), 13:47; Faksa Kit (interference), 14:29; Pedan Gue (unsportsmanlike cnd., misc-usc), 16:10.
3rd Period-2, Kitchener, Faksa 1 (Murphy , Ming), 8:56. 3, Guelph, Pedan 2 14:30. 4, Guelph, Pedan 3 (Richard), 17:50. 5, Guelph, Kosmachuk 1 (Beukeboom, Fabbri), 18:11. Penalties-Murphy Kit (interference), 1:54; Iafrate Kit (interference), 6:29; Bertuzzi Gue (interference), 10:35; Schoenmakers Kit (roughing), 11:44; Alberga Kit (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 14:30; Mitchell Gue (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 14:30; Corrado Kit (roughing), 18:55; Posa Gue (roughing), 18:55.
Shots on Goal-Kitchener 10-8-17-35. Guelph 8-14-21-43.
Power Play Opportunities-Kitchener 0 / 5; Guelph 0 / 10.
Goalies-Kitchener, Gibson 2-1-0-0 (43 shots-40 saves). Guelph, Sparks 1-2-0-0 (35 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Scott Oakman (23), Kendrick Nicholson (22).
Linesmen-Matthew Traub (50), Dave Pfohl (96).