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Friday night at the Sleeman Centre, the Storm played without their top two scorers from last season with Matt Kennedy and Peter Holland nursing injuries, but managed to collect their sixth straight win against the hard working Belleville Bulls.
For the second night in a row, Guelph fell behind 1-0 in the early going. Luke Judson notched the game’s first goal when he grabbed a Cody St. Jacques rebound in a crowd of Storm jerseys and found the back of the net. The lead would be short lived as Tyler Carroll replied for the Storm only 22 seconds later for his first of the season when he one-timed a Taylor Beck feed past Tyson Teichmann with Michael Latta collecting the second assist. Adam Comrie would double the lead to two goals on the man advantage with his first of two on the night just past the mid way mark of the frame. Comrie’s point shot was going just wide before it struck the skate of a Belleville defender and redirected into the Bulls’ goal. Corey Syvret and Cody McNaughton picked up helpers on Comrie’s third in a Storm uniform. Shots on goal after one were 10-8 in favour of the hosts.
The game would remain 2-1 for over 20 minutes until Guelph would strike again on the powerplay. This time Comrie’s point shot would hit the end boards and rebound to the side of the net where Taylor Beck pounced on the loose puck and buried the rebound. Syvret would collect his second assist on the eventual winner. Belleville would fight back again to pull within one when Guelph native Stephen Johnston notched a powerplay goal through traffic with a linemate camped inside the crease and causing problems for St. Jacques. Belleville had another late powerplay in the second and came close to knotting the game at two but St. Jacques continued his solid play of late to maintain the one goal bulge stopping 13 of 14 Bulls’ attempts while Teichmann allowed just the single on eight Guelph shots.
In the final twenty, the Storm continued to roll four lines and wear down the Bulls with a stifling defence. St. Jacques made a few timely saves early in the period, while the Guelph defence kept Belleville to the outside for most of the stanza and held them to nine shots. With Teichmann out of the net in favour of the extra attacker, Carroll would create a turnover inside the Guelph blueline and after clearing the zone, he dished to Comrie who took a couple of strides across the red line and snapped the puck into the empty net to make it a 4-2 final.
St. Jacques was the first star of the game stopping 29 of 31 Belleville shots with Johnston earning second star and Comrie picking up third star with three points.
The Storm will look to make it lucky seven on Sunday afternoon when the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors make their lone visit of the season to the Sleeman Centre at 2 pm. For tickets call or visit the Guelph Storm box office or buy online at GuelphStorm.com.
Belleville Bulls 2 At Guelph Storm 4 – Status: Final
Oct 16, 2009 – Sleeman Centre
Belleville 1 1 0 – 2
Guelph 2 1 1 – 4
1st Period-1, Belleville, Judson 3 (Johnston, Tipoff), 5:14. 2, Guelph, Carroll 1 (Beck, Latta), 5:36. 3, Guelph, Comrie 3 (McNaughton, Syvret), 10:58 (pp). Penalties-Cantin Belv (hooking), 1:01; Campbell Gue (boarding), 6:15; Alcock Belv (holding), 9:01; Judson Belv (fighting), 14:07; Chiarot Gue (fighting), 14:07.
2nd Period-4, Guelph, Beck 5 (Comrie, Syvret), 11:36 (pp). 5, Belleville, Johnston 4 (Silas, Basso), 13:49 (pp). Penalties-Catto Belv (fighting), 7:08; Tresham Gue (fighting), 7:08; Krupp Belv (tripping), 10:06; Tipoff Belv (fighting), 13:17; Latta Gue (slashing, fighting), 13:17; Tresham Gue (tripping), 16:01; Cantin Belv (roughing), 20:00; O’Donnell Gue (roughing), 20:00.
3rd Period-6, Guelph, Comrie 4 (Carroll), 19:41 (en). Penalties-Campbell Gue (delay of game), 7:49; Latta Gue (10-min. misc.), 15:07; Mackie Belv (slashing), 19:57.
Shots on Goal-Belleville 8-14-9-31. Guelph 10-8-12-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Belleville 1 of 4; Guelph 2 of 4.
Goalies-Belleville, Teichmann 0-4-0-0 (29 shots-26 saves). Guelph, St. Jacques 3-1-0-0 (31 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Sean Reid (26).
Linesmen-Kevin Hastings (61), Dustin McCrank (68).