Wednesday night in Erie, the Storm arrived late due to border delays, but would score early versus the Otters. After Guelph built a 2-1 lead in the first, Erie wouldn’t surrender another while notching four unanswered for a 5-2 win.
Captain Matt Kennedy was making his return to the Storm lineup after visiting with a specialist earlier this week. Out of the lineup are JP Labardo and Vadim Guskov who stayed behind in Guelph recovering from the flu.
After drawing a Zack Torquato slashing penalty, Peter Holland would put the Storm ahead by one at 1:37 of the opening period after a big hit behind the net by Michael Latta created a turnover. Taylor Beck would also pick up an assist on the goal. Mike Cazzola notched the equalizer off a scramble down low when he picked up a bouncing puck and beat Matt Hoyle in the Guelph goal. Seconds after killing off the second straight Erie powerplay, Tyler Carroll (pictured) would restore Guelph’s lead deflecting a Ben Chiarot shot from the right point past Shane Owen. Beck added his second assist of the night on Carroll’s second of the season. Shots on goal after one period of play were 12-7 in favour of the hosts.
In the second, the Otters tied the game in the early-going and grabbed their first lead of the contest later in the frame on the powerplay. Andrew Yogan banged in the tying goal at 3:44 mark on an unassisted effort. Otters captain Torquato scored Erie’s third of the game on a rebound off a Tyler Hostetter point shot. The Storm fired 12 shots on Owen, while Erie replied with 13 shots on the Guelph goal.
The third period may have been the best one for the visitors, but a couple of Adam Comrie shots off the iron in the final ten minutes were as close as they would come to pulling even. Late in the stanza, the Otters Torquato and Yogan would get a two-on-one opportunity with Torquato cashing in his second of the game for the insurance marker. Guelph native Cazzola would add his second as well into the empty net to make it a 5-2 final.
The Storm will host a pair of the league’s best clubs this weekend beginning Friday night versus the Barrie Colts for Spyke’s Halloween Bash. Then on Sunday afternoon, Nazim Kadri and the London Knights make their first visit of the season in a 2 pm start with a Skate With the Storm following the game. The Storm strongly recommends that all fans participating in the Skate with the Storm event wear a proper helmet.
Guelph Storm 2 At Erie Otters 5 – Status: FINAL
Oct 28, 2009 – Tullio Arena
Guelph 2 0 0 – 2
Erie 1 2 2 – 5
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