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Storm counting on Nichols to carry the load

Forty six seconds into the third period of last Sunday’s regular season finale at the Sleeman Centre, after Robby Fabbri had scored to give the Guelph Storm a 5-1 lead, Storm coach Bill Stewart pulled starting goaltender Justin Nichols.

Stewart knows that the Storm’s fortunes in the playoffs rest largely with the kind of goaltending Nichols can provide and he didn’t want to risk losing him to injury.

Nichols himself is well aware of the importance of his role when the Storm opens the playoffs Friday at home against the Owen Sound Attack.

“Obviously in a playoff series you’re looking to outperform the guy at the other end of the rink and the team looks to you for a little more support than the regular season. I think that’s just the nature of a playoff series,” Nichols said Thursday as Guelph prepared to open its Western Conference quarter-final series with the Owen Sound Attack on Friday.

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