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Suffering Storm stuns 67’s

By Tony Saxon, Guelph Mercury – This one gets a star beside it.

Losers of four straight, missing five players with injury, sitting on a bus for five hours and playing against the nation’s 10th ranked team in the Ottawa 67’s, the Guelph Storm had all the excuses it needed to turn in a stinker Friday night.

Instead they put forth one of their best efforts of the season, stunning Ottawa 5-4.

“I’m proud of them, but ultimately it doesn’t matter what I think, what matters is that they should be proud of each other,” coach Scott Walker said.

“Ultimately this is their team and they’ve got to be proud of each other after tonight’s game.”

Guelph built up a 5-2 lead, then hung on in the last five minutes as the 67’s scored twice around the five-minute mark then pressed for the tying goal.

But a couple of fine pad saves by Garret Sparks — one on Shane Prince, the other on Tyler Toffoli — combined with some big defensive zone faceoff wins by Zack Mitchell and Scott Kosmachuk helped preserve the win.

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Guelph Storm 5 at Ottawa 67’s 4 – Status: Final
Friday, February 10, 2012 – Ottawa Civic Centre

Guelph 3 1 1 – 5
Ottawa 1 1 2 – 4

1st Period-1, Guelph, Kosmachuk 23 (Poliziani, Gaskin), 2:53. 2, Guelph, Watling 4 (Bertuzzi, Horvat), 7:12. 3, Ottawa, Toffoli 39 (Monahan, Cajkovsky), 9:37 (SH). 4, Guelph, Menard 19 (McNaughton, Pedan), 10:06 (PP). Penalties-Cajkovsky Ott (tripping), 4:46; Vlajkov Ott (cross checking), 8:25; Gustavsen Ott (check from behind, check from behind), 12:15; Kosmachuk Gue (slashing), 13:02; Cardwell Ott (roughing), 13:02; Pedan Gue (tripping), 18:40.

2nd Period-5, Ottawa, Toffoli 40   10:18 (PP). 6, Guelph, Garlent 9 (Gaskin, Kosmachuk), 11:05. Penalties-Cazzola Ott (hooking), 2:14; Turcotte Gue (fighting), 5:17; Van Stralen Ott (fighting), 5:17; McNaughton Gue (hooking), 7:11; McNaughton Gue (hooking), 9:53.

3rd Period-7, Guelph, Garlent 10 (Kosmachuk), 1:27. 8, Ottawa, Giftopoulos 7 (Van Stralen, Fielding), 15:23. 9, Ottawa, Prince 31 (Ceci, Cazzola), 15:41. Penalties-Graovac Ott (high sticking), 4:55; Gaskin Gue (interference), 11:44.

Shots on Goal-Guelph 11-5-7-23. Ottawa 6-9-15-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Guelph 1 / 6; Ottawa 1 / 4.
Goalies-Guelph, Sparks 19-17-1-2 (30 shots-26 saves). Ottawa, Mrazek 23-10-4-1 (23 shots-18 saves).
A-5,747
Referees-Korey Bannerman (15), Joe Celestin (4).
Linesmen-Scott Wilson (65), Pat Smith (64).

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