By Alex Terry, GuelphStorm.com – After opening the season with a win on the road, the Guelph Storm suffered their first loss in their home opener to the defending OHL Champion Owen Sound Attack.
Owen Sound forward Jarrod Maidens scored the eventual game winner late in the third period while Matt Petgrave and Jay Gilbert had three points on the night.
Veteran forward Cody McNaughton picked up two goals and an assist for the Storm (1-1-0) while defenceman Matt Finn had one goal and two assists in the losing effort. The two goals for McNaughton give him a total of three on the season.
Daniel Catenacci open the scoring for Owen Sound (2-0-0) at 4:42 of the first period after the Storm got into penalty trouble early taking a delay of game penalty while trying to kill off a five minute major. Storm goaltender Garret Sparks made the initial save on a shot from deep in the slot but the puck managed to find it’s way onto Catenacci’s stick who cashed through a maze of legs for his second of the year.
Just over a minute later and still on the power play, Brett Appio broke out of the corner and put it past Sparks on the short side to make it 2-0 Attack.
McNaughton replied for the home team at 12:10 in the first period. While enjoying a 5-on-3 power play of their own the puck found it’s way to Finn who blasted it into a crowd in front of the net. After a quick scramble, the gritty McNaughton tucked the loose puck in to bring the Storm within one.
Finn and McNaughton would each tally for Guelph to take the lead amidst a rough and tumble last five minutes of the first period.
After 20 minutes Guelph had the advantage 3-2.
Petgrave would knot things for the Attack in the second period. After the Storm took a slashing penalty, the Attack wasted no time winning the ensuing face-off and after a few quick passes, Petgrave blasted it past the Guelph netminder.
The woes weren’t over yet either.
A minute after Owen Sound tied the game, Cameron Brace outmuscled the Storm defender and unleashed a laser over the blocker of Sparks to make it 4-3.
But Guelph wasn’t done yet. After Storm after forwards Tyler Bertuzzi and Patrick Watling won a battle below the goal-line. Bertuzzi wrangled a puck out of the pile and shoveled it into the slot. The puck found it’s way onto the stick of Stephen Gaskin who wasted no time in putting it over the shoulder of Attack goalie Jordan Binnington once again tying the game.
The game winner came in the form of a weak shot from the point off Jake Dotchin’s stick that was tipped by Maidens. Brace would add an empty net goal for the Attack who beat Guelph 6-4.
Guelph will look to rebound from their loss on Sunday when they face the London Knights on Sunday at the Sleeman Centre.
Owen Sound Attack 6 at Guelph Storm 4 – Status: End of Game
Friday, September 23, 2011 – Sleeman Centre
Owen Sound 2 2 2 – 6
Guelph 3 1 0 – 4
1st Period-1, Owen Sound, Catenacci 2 (Petgrave, Gilbert), 4:42 (PP). 2, Owen Sound, Halmo 1 (Gilbert, Petgrave), 5:57 (PP). 3, Guelph, McNaughton 2 (Mitchell, Finn), 12:10 (PP). 4, Guelph, Finn 1 (McNaughton, Pereira), 16:17 (PP). 5, Guelph, McNaughton 3 (Finn, Pereira), 19:11 (PP). Penalties-McGinn Gue (check from behind), 3:35; Gaskin Gue (delay of game), 4:09; Gaskin Gue (interference), 9:24; Brace Os (holding), 11:49; Petgrave Os (tripping), 12:00; Blandisi Os (slashing), 15:30; Dotchin Os (instigator, fighting, 10-min. misc.), 17:14; Bertuzzi Gue (check to the head, fighting), 17:14; Zweep Os (instigator, fighting, 10-min. misc., game misconduct), 17:59; Auger Gue (interference), 17:59; Pedan Gue (game misconduct), 17:59.
2nd Period-6, Owen Sound, Petgrave 1 (Gilbert, Catenacci), 5:10 (PP). 7, Owen Sound, Brace 1 (Halmo, Blandisi), 7:05. 8, Guelph, Gaskin 1 (Bertuzzi, Watling), 12:10. Penalties-Pereira Gue (hooking), 5:06; Kosmachuk Gue (slashing), 8:18; Brace Os (tripping), 8:55; Garlent Gue (hooking), 12:45.
3rd Period-9, Owen Sound, Maidens 1 (Cutting, Dotchin), 13:44. 10, Owen Sound, Brace 2 19:52 (EN). Penalties-Watling Gue (high sticking), 3:30; Gaskin Gue (hooking), 5:11; Kosmachuk Gue (slashing), 6:11; Halmo Os (interference), 6:29; McNaughton Gue (elbowing), 9:44; Brace Os (cross checking), 11:32; Finn Gue (slashing), 11:32; Kosmachuk Gue (tripping), 16:11; Catenacci Os (cross checking), 18:20; Watling Gue (bench minor), 19:52.
Shots on Goal-Owen Sound 2-2-2-6. Guelph 3-1-0-4.
Power Play Opportunities-Owen Sound 3 / 13; Guelph 3 / 7.
Goalies-Owen Sound, Binnington 0-0-0-0 (4 shots-0 saves). Guelph, Sparks 0-0-0-0 (5 shots-0 saves).
Referees-Mike Bolibruck (2), Ryan Carroll (9).
Linesmen-Dustin McCrank (68), Tim Steen (75)