For the second weekend in a row, the Storm took the two ends of three-in-threes. Sunday night in the Soo, Guelph used three unanswered third period tallies to down the Greyhounds 6-3.
One night after battling back from a three goal deficit in the last half of the game only to lose on a last second goal, the Storm watched a two-goal lead of their own slip away, but rebounded to earn the three goal victory.
Brandon Foote was sharp in net for Guelph as the Greyhounds outshot the visitors 26-24. In the third period after surrendering a David Quesnele marker early, Foote was perfect the rest of the way as the Hounds fired nine shots on the Storm goal in the final 20 minutes.
Peter Holland led the Guelph attack with a pair of goals including the game winner at 9:11 of the third. For the third straight game, the scoresheet was well balanced for the Storm with Holland’s trio striking two times, while the line of Beck-Latta-Panik scored three. The third line of Cody McNaughton, Francis Menard and Scott Kosmachuk notched a single and were dangerous all night including an early McNaughton shot that nearly broke the scoreless draw when it caught the post and kicked out.
Holland’s two goals give him 95 in a Storm uniform and move him closer to the 100 goal plateau that was shattered by Taylor Beck on Saturday night in Sudbury.
The four-point weekend moves Guelph just one point behind the Erie Otters for seventh in the Western Conference with two games in hand. Looking further up the standings, the Storm sits only nine points behind third place Kitchener. The Rangers will be the next opponent for Guelph when they visit the Sleeman Centre for a 7 pm start on Wednesday, February 2nd.
Guelph Storm 6 at Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 – Status: Final
Sunday, January 30, 2011 – Essar Centre
Guelph 1 2 3 – 6
Sault Ste. Marie 1 1 1 – 3
1st Period-1, Sault Ste. Marie, Kantor 11 (King, Sproul), 9:02. 2, Guelph, Finn 3 (Panik, Van Laren), 17:42 (PP). Penalties-Lofquist Gue (roughing), 0:37; Quesnele Ssm (cross checking), 0:37; Panik Gue (slashing), 11:33; Cooper Ssm (slashing), 11:33; McNaughton Gue (hooking), 11:50; Sproul Ssm (check from behind), 12:07; Miller Ssm (hooking), 15:59; Quesnele Ssm (hooking), 19:10.
2nd Period-3, Guelph, Holland 28 (Erlich, Pereira), 0:19 (PP). 4, Guelph, Latta 25 (Panik, Beck), 8:23. 5, Sault Ste. Marie, Sproul 8 (Catenacci, Cooper), 14:03 (PP). Penalties-Sproul Ssm (high sticking), 2:08; Kantor Ssm (tripping, misc-usc), 3:03; Latta Gue (holding), 8:57; McNaughton Gue (inter. on goaltender), 13:11; Pereira Gue (high sticking, high sticking), 18:59.
3rd Period-6, Sault Ste. Marie, Quesnele 5 (Cousins, Curcuruto), 4:32. 7, Guelph, Holland 29 (Van Laren), 9:11. 8, Guelph, Latta 26 (Beck, Gaskin), 14:23. 9, Guelph, McNaughton 10 (Kosmachuk), 17:58. Penalties-Panik Gue (roughing), 8:35; Dubchak Ssm (roughing), 8:35.
Shots on Goal-Guelph 7-12-5-24. Sault Ste. Marie 11-6-9-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Guelph 2 / 5; Sault Ste. Marie 1 / 5.
Goalies-Guelph, Foote 17-14-4-1 (26 shots-23 saves). Sault Ste. Marie, Murray 5-8-1-1 (24 shots-18 saves).
Referees-Mike Bolibruck (2), Ryan Carroll (9).
Linesmen-Ken Smith (77), Chris Kellar (79).