A rare Saturday night home game for the Storm and much like 24 hours earlier, the home side fell behind early and inched back within strking distance only to see the visitors ice the game late. Spencer Turcotte scored his first career OHL goal to cut the early Wolves’ lead to 3-2, but the Storm couldn’t manage the equalizer in a 6-3 defeat.
Unlike Friday night versus the red-hot Plymouth Whalers, the Storm jumped out to an early lead when Kyle Pereira found the back of the net with the man advantage at 4:30 of the first. Within 12 minutes, Michael Sgarbossa showed what makes him an elite player in the OHL as he notched the natural hat trick with an even strength tally followed by one on the powerplay and his third of the night shorthanded. The impressive offensive outburst left the stunned Guelph squad down by two after twenty.
Turcotte cut the lead to 3-2 at 12:28 of the second as he broke in all alone and snapped a shot under the crossbar past Joel Vienneau. Before the goal was announced, the Wolves restored their two-goal bulge on Nicholas Baptiste’s third of the year, a quick shot that handcuffed Brandon Foote between the pipes.
Tanner Richard on the powerplay gave the 3,807 in attendance a little hope just 2:16 into the third, but once again Sudbury wasted little time responding as Andrey Kuchin buried a rebound past Foote. A late empty net goal by Nathan Pancel rounded out the scoring.
For the second week in a row, Guelph will play their third game in less than 24 hours when they travel to Kitchener to take on the Rangers in a 2 pm start.
Next Friday night, the Oshawa Generals visit the Sleeman Centre for a 7:30 start.
Sudbury Wolves 6 at Guelph Storm 3 – Status: Final
Saturday, November 12, 2011 – Sleeman Centre
Sudbury 3 1 2 – 6
Guelph 1 1 1 – 3
1st Period-1, Guelph, Pereira 3 (Poliziani, Richard), 4:30 (PP). 2, Sudbury, Sgarbossa 8 (Kuchin, Silk), 11:22. 3, Sudbury, Sgarbossa 9 (Kuchin, McFadden), 14:00 (PP). 4, Sudbury, Sgarbossa 10 (Corrado), 16:08 (SH). Penalties-Dodero Sby (tripping), 3:09; Harpur Gue (delay of game), 6:35; Richard Gue (high sticking), 13:15; Dodero Sby (tripping), 14:14; Pedan Gue (hooking), 19:57.
2nd Period-5, Guelph, Turcotte 1 (Gaskin), 12:28. 6, Sudbury, Baptiste 3 (Jambrosich), 12:48. Penalties-McGinn Gue (high sticking), 1:57; Pedan Gue (slashing), 6:52; Campagna Sby (holding opp. stick), 17:11; Sgarbossa Sby (slashing), 18:59.
3rd Period-7, Guelph, Richard 6 (Mitchell, Pereira), 2:16 (PP). 8, Sudbury, Kuchin 7 (Sgarbossa, Sefton), 4:26. 9, Sudbury, Pancel 6 (MacDonald, Campagna), 18:27 (EN). Penalties-MacDonald Sby (tripping), 1:13; Gaskin Gue (check to the head), 7:15; Silk Sby (slashing, interference), 7:33; Leslie Gue (roughing), 7:33; Garlent Gue (slashing), 14:13.
Shots on Goal-Sudbury 12-13-8-33. Guelph 10-8-7-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Sudbury 1 / 7; Guelph 2 / 6.
Goalies-Sudbury, Vienneau 1-1-0-0 (25 shots-22 saves). Guelph, Sparks 5-5-0-2 (12 shots-9 saves); Foote 3-2-1-0 (20 shots-18 saves).
Referees-Chris Carnegie (44), Ryan Hutchison (20).
Linesmen-Dustin McCrank (68), Dave Pfohl (96).