Friday night, the Storm entertained a sold-out crowd for their second straight home game with a dynamic 6-2 win over the visiting Sarnia Sting.
The top three lines all clicked for the home side tonight with Taylor Beck leading the way with a three point night including goals 98 and 99 of his OHL career. Peter Holland, Mike Latta and Richard Panik each chipped in with a goal and an assist with Panik scoring a highlight reel tally that’s sure to be make the OHL’s Goals of the Week.
Garret Sparks earned the win in goal for the Storm for the second straight game turning aside 30 of 32 Sarnia stops and making several great stops. Guelph’s third line of Francis Menard, Cody McNaughton and Scott Kosmachuk opened the scoring and energized the crowd when Menard took three whacks at a rebound before it slid under Troy Passingham.
After Mike Latta scored from Panik and Beck and Nick Latta answered for the Sting, Taylor Beck poured in two goals to lift the Storm to a three goal lead just 2:24 into the middle stanza. After several great stops by Sparks in the second, Sarnia finally found the back of the net on a great shot from in tight by Alex Galchenyuk over the Storm netminder’s shoulder just over three minutes into the final twenty.
Penalty trouble dashed the visitors’ comeback effort with Panik scoring off the rush on the powerplay before Peter Holland notched his 27th of the season into the open net.
The Storm will celebrate the win with a bus trip up north tonight as they prepare for a Sudbury Saturday night. One night later, Guelph will travel to Sault Ste. Marie to take on the Greyhounds and wrap up their second weekend in a row with three-in-three days. Wednesday night, the Kitchener Rangers visit the Sleeman Centre for a 7 pm start.
Sarnia Sting 2 at Guelph Storm 6 – Status: Final
Friday, January 28, 2011 – Sleeman Centre
Sarnia 1 0 1 – 2
Guelph 3 1 2 – 6
1st Period-1, Guelph, Menard 6 (McNaughton, Kosmachuk), 6:23. 2, Guelph, Latta 24 (Panik, Beck), 7:13. 3, Sarnia, Latta 8 (Peters, Rogalski), 13:32. 4, Guelph, Beck 30 (Lofquist, Finn), 17:02 (PP). Penalties-Pereira Gue (holding), 8:41; Kerbashian Sar (holding), 15:18; Pereira Gue (interference), 19:47.
2nd Period-5, Guelph, Beck 31 (Latta, Van Laren), 2:24. Penalties-Menard Gue (high sticking), 11:53.
3rd Period-6, Sarnia, Galchenyuk 16 (Yakupov, Kerbashian), 3:08. 7, Guelph, Panik 23 (Holland), 13:43 (PP). 8, Guelph, Holland 27 (Erlich), 18:58 (EN). Penalties-Peters Sar (tripping), 7:56; Alderson Sar (hooking), 9:27; Alderson Sar (roughing), 13:18; Alderson Sar (10-min. misc.), 13:43; Hottot Sar (fighting), 13:44; Tresham Gue (fighting), 13:44; McNaughton Gue (high sticking), 16:17.
Shots on Goal-Sarnia 11-10-11-32. Guelph 14-13-17-44.
Power Play Opportunities-Sarnia 0 / 4; Guelph 2 / 4.
Goalies-Sarnia, Passingham 12-8-2-2 (43 shots-38 saves). Guelph, Sparks 4-4-0-0 (32 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Sean McQuigge (18), Darcy Burchell (17).
Linesmen-Dave Pfohl (96), Rick Janco (46).