Friday night at the Sleeman Centre, the Storm had the Midwest Division leading Owen Sound Attack right where they wanted them with a 3-0 lead and under three minutes to play. In a matter of minutes, the visitors turned the game around and pulled out a 4-3 decision in overtime.
Donning their new third jerseys, the Storm came flying out of the gate outshooting the Attack 11-2 in the early going and building a 2-0 cushion. Sam Lofquist opened the scoring only 4:23 in before Michael Latta on the powerplay with an easy redirect off a Peter Holland feed doubled the lead.
The Attack carried the play for much of the next thirty minutes outshooting the home side 20-6 during the span and grabbing a 22-19 edge in shots. Despite the barrage of shots, Owen Sound couldn’t find the back of the net thanks to an outstanding effort by Brandon Foote.
In the final twenty minutes, Guelph seemed to put an early stranglehold on the contest when Peter Holland picked up a loose puck during some three-on-three action and went end to end before snapping over Jordan Binnington’s shoulder. The Storm would hold the 3-0 advantage for the next fourteen plus minutes before Garrett Wilson finally solved Foote. The Wilson goal was definitely the turning point in the game with two more goals in the next two minutes.
In the extra frame, play went back and forth until Joey Hishon won an offensive zone faceoff back to Matt Stanisz who snapped a point shot that snuck past Foote for the winner.
The Storm will look to regroup on Sunday afternoon when the Sudbury Wolves make their lone visit of the season for a 2 pm start. After the game, fans are invited to skate with the Storm.