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Shaky first sinks Storm

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By Tony Saxon, Guelph Mercury – If not for a shaky 13-minute span of the first period, the Guelph Storm might have come away with at least a point Saturday night at the John Labatt Centre.

Unfortunately the London Knights did most of their damage in that defensive black hole, scoring three times on their way to defeating the Storm 4-3.

“We were puck-staring,” Storm coach Jason Brooks said of the loss, which drops Guelph’s record to 7-4-0-1 on the season. London improved to 10-4.

“We got caught up on some bad defensive stuff early on. We were losing our men. Not covering the slot. Standing still,” Brooks said.

Taylor Beck had given Guelph a 1-0 lead at 5:29 of the first when he redirected an Adam Comrie centering pass on the rush.

Then the Knights went o work. Jared Knight beat Cody St. Jacques twice in a span of 2:29 then Michael MacDonald scored his first Ontario Hockey League goal at 18:38 to make it 3-1 after 20 minutes.

After a scoreless second period, the Storm came on in the third.

J.P. Labardo got his first of the year at 2:28 when his pass attempt deflected past London goaltender Michael Hutchinson.

Tony Saxon is the Mercury’s Guelph Storm beat reporter. He can be reached at tsaxon@guelphmercury.com or 519-823-6065. Check out his Saxon On The Storm blog at www.guelphmercury.com.

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