A must-win game for the Storm versus the Owen Sound Attack on Friday as they looked to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race.
When Daniel Zweep opened the scoring early in the first it looked like another Friday night disappointment for Storm fans. Instead the line of Ryan Horvat, Cody McNaughton and Tyler Bertuzzi sparked the Guelph offence and turned the game around as the home side took a 6-2 decision.
Only 49 seconds after the Attack made it 1-0, Bertuzzi scored his fifth of the season from Cody McNaughton. The first period ended with a 1-1 deadlock, but less than three minutes into the second, the Storm’s energy line was at it again and gave them a lead they wouldn’t surrender. McNaughton’s 22nd of the year made it 2-1 and then only 60 seconds later Zack Mitchell found Daniel Poliziani, who slipped a backhander past Jordan Binnington for his first career OHL goal and chased the Owen Sound netminder from the contest. Unable to cut into the lead on three powerplay chances, the Attack finally solved Garret Sparks at 15:53 on Cameron Brace’s 25th of the season.
One goal down was as close as the visitors would creep as Guelph replied with three straight powerplay markers to make it a 6-2 final. With six seconds to play in the second Frank Menard finished a pretty two-way passing play with McNaughton, before Zack Mitchell and Matt Finn added singles in the final twenty.
Around the league eighth place Sault Ste. Marie picked up two points with a win over Erie while Saginaw and Windsor, sixth and seventh respectively, both lost.
Two more games finish off a busy three-in-three weekend for the Storm with a visit to Sarnia tomorrow night followed by a Sunday afternoon tilt on home ice versus the Kitchener Rangers.
Owen Sound Attack 2 at Guelph Storm 6 – Status: End of Game
Friday, February 24, 2012 – Sleeman Centre
Owen Sound 1 1 0 – 2
Guelph 1 3 2 – 6
1st Period-1, Owen Sound, Zweep 6 (Nastasiuk, Rose), 7:05. 2, Guelph, Bertuzzi 5 (McNaughton), 7:54. Penalties-Gaskin Gue (tripping), 14:55.
2nd Period-3, Guelph, McNaughton 22 (Bertuzzi, Horvat), 2:33. 4, Guelph, Poliziani 1 (Mitchell, Watling), 3:33. 5, Owen Sound, Brace 25 (Smith, Cutting), 15:53. 6, Guelph, Menard 20 (McNaughton), 19:54 (PP). Penalties-Brace Os (holding), 4:52; Pereira Gue (roughing), 4:52; Bertuzzi Gue (slashing), 9:51; Hope Os (slashing), 10:09; Finn Gue (hooking), 12:32; Rymarchuk Os (roughing), 16:16; Zweep Os (cross checking, instigator, fighting, 10-min. misc.), 18:58; Turcotte Gue (fighting), 18:58; Cutting Os (check from behind), 19:31.
3rd Period-7, Guelph, Mitchell 29 (Finn, Pedan), 1:00 (PP). 8, Guelph, Finn 10 (Mitchell, Pedan), 16:53 (PP). Penalties-Kosmachuk Gue (holding), 4:59; Hope Os (interference), 10:26; Pereira Gue (high sticking), 13:26; Horvat Gue (roughing, 10-min. misc.), 16:11; Catenacci Os (holding), 16:12; Gilbert Os (roughing), 16:24; Hope Os (tripping), 16:24; Bertuzzi Gue (10-min. misc.), 16:24; McNaughton Gue (fighting), 16:24; Bigras Os (high sticking, high sticking), 16:49.
Shots on Goal-Owen Sound 11-1-0-12. Guelph 12-6-2-20.
Power Play Opportunities-Owen Sound 0 / 5; Guelph 3 / 11.
Goalies-Owen Sound, Binnington 18-14-0-1 (16 shots-14 saves); Stajcer 10-7-3-3 (4 shots-0 saves). Guelph, Sparks 20-21-1-2 (12 shots-10 saves).
Referees-Jason Goldenberg (19), Mike Cairns (34).
Linesmen-Matthew Traub (50), Sean Pindar (48).