Saturday night, the Storm squared off against London looking to win their second game in as many nights. For Guelph, forwards Matt Kennedy and Peter Holland missed their fourth in a row, while Conor O’Donnell sat out his second straight.
The Storm jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a four-on-four when Adam Comrie lugged the puck into the Knights’ zone and fed Taylor Beck in front of the net. Beck held off the Knights’ backchecker and deflected the puck past Michael Hutchinson for his seventh of the season. Beck’s goal also extended his point scoring streak to six games. London wasted little time tying the game up. With the teams still playing four-on-four, Zac Rinaldo created a turnover in the Storm zone and Jared Knight picked up the loose puck and snapped it past Cody St. Jacques, who was getting his second straight start in goal. Less than three minutes later, Knight gave London their first lead of the game on a nifty pass from behind the net by Nazim Kadri. The Knights would jump ahead by a pair late in the stanza turning a Storm turnover at the London blueline into a quick goal. Phil McRae snuck past the Storm defence and after some traffic down low, Michael MacDonald banged in his first OHL goal to make it 3-1. Shots on goal in the first were 18-10 in favour of the hosts.
In the middle twenty, the Knights hit St. Jacques with 13 shots, but had few quality scoring chances. It was much the same for the Storm, who also managed 13 shots but couldn’t beat Hutchinson. Heading into the final period, the score remained 3-1 in favour of London.
After trailing by a pair of goals for over 23 minutes, the Storm finally cut the lead in half on JP Labardo’s (pictured) first of the season from Ben Chiarot. Labardo’s pass to Francis Menard in front of the net hit a London stick and found the back of the net. Perfect on the Knights’ first three powerplay opportunities, the Storm penalty kill was finally solved at 8:31 of the third. Nazim Kadri’s snapshot from the top of the circle through traffic beat St. Jacques stick side to restore London’s two goal bulge. Guelph would answer back moments later and again it was the trio of Labardo, Menard and Zack Mitchell. After Labardo created a turnover in the neutral zone he fed Menard who would stickhandle around the London defence and dish to Mitchell for the redirect in tight for his first OHL goal. The Storm had their chances to tie including a late shot by Michael Latta but couldn’t manage the equalizer. Shots on goal in the final twenty were 14-11 London.
The Storm will have little time to think about the one goal loss as the Owen Sound Attack visit the Sleeman Centre for a 2 pm start on Sunday. For tickets call or visit the Guelph Storm box office or buy online on GuelphStorm.com.
Guelph Storm 3 At London Knights 4 – Status: End of Game
Oct 24, 2009 – John Labatt Centre
Guelph 1 0 2 – 3
London 3 0 1 – 4
1st Period-1, Guelph, Beck 7 (Comrie, Syvret), 5:29. 2, London, Knight 5 (Rinaldo, Harrington), 5:58. 3, London, Knight 6 (Kadri, Schinkelshoek), 8:27. 4, London, MacDonald 1 (Erlich, McRae), 18:38. Penalties-Chiarot Gue (check from behind), 4:29; Taylor Ldn (hooking), 5:09; D’Orazio Ldn (roughing), 8:45.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Molotilov Gue (closing hand on puck), 4:20; Syvret Gue (fighting), 6:41; Hunter Ldn (fighting), 6:41; Mitchell Gue (holding), 11:24; Salters Ldn (roughing), 11:24.
3rd Period-5, Guelph, Labardo 1 (Chiarot), 2:28. 6, London, Kadri 5 (McRae, Varone), 8:31 (pp). 7, Guelph, Mitchell 1 (Menard, Labardo), 9:22. Penalties-Chiarot Gue (interference), 3:22; Beck Gue (holding), 7:27; McNaughton Gue (roughing), 10:32; Schinkelshoek Ldn (roughing), 10:32.
Shots on Goal-Guelph 10-13-11-34. London 18-13-14-45.
Power Play Opportunities-Guelph 0 of 2; London 1 of 4.
Goalies-Guelph, St. Jacques 4-1-0-0 (45 shots-41 saves). London, Hutchinson 4-4-0-0 (34 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Bob Langdon (7), David Gauthier (28).
Linesmen-Drew Jackson (57), Sean Pindar (48).