By Brendan Zwambag, Guelphstorm.com
The Guelph Storm beat the reigning OHL champion London Knights 6-3 at the Sleeman Centre on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.
The OHL’s first- and second-ranked teams came together for the matinee matchup with perfect records on the line.
Justin Nichols turned in another impressive performance, stopping 37 of 40 shots from one of the deepest, most talented rosters in Canadian junior hockey.
“I thought our goalie did a heck of a job holding us in it when we looked a little bit caught off guard,” said Storm coach Scott Walker.
“They are definitely a speedy team, a good team. They play a pro-style game.”
That pro-style game should be expected from a team with 13 NHL drafted players, some of which are still with their respective clubs.
The return of Max Domi from the Phoenix Coyotes gave London nine NHL players for this game, but only temporarily.
Domi was ejected midway through the first period for a flying elbow to the head of Brock McGinn, but not before recording his first point of the season, a powerplay goal by Brett Welychka.
Guelph’s NHL prospects took over from there, scoring three goals and adding seven assists between the seven of them.
Scott Kosmachuk scored an odd-man rush and Jason Dickinson went five-hole on a breakaway before the end of the first period.
Hunter Garlent extended the Storm lead in the second period with his first of the season, before Chris Tierney cut into the lead on the powerplay.
Three Storm goals in less than five minutes put the Knights away late in the third period. Zack Mitchell scored the eventual game-winner as he spun to his forehand and fired it top corner on the short-side. Tyler Betuzzi added a powerplay goal and Ryan Horvat capped Guelph’s offence with a short-handed goal and Kyle Platzer finished off the scoring with London’s third powerplay goal of the game.
Matt Finn finished with two assists, while Dickinson, Kosmachuk, Horvat, Garlent, McGinn, Ben Harpur, Zac Leslie and Pius Suter each added one.
Guelph finishes September with a 3-0-0-0 record, while the Knights fall to 2-1-0-0.
Guelph’s season continues on Friday, Oct. 5 when they host the Owen Sound Attack. Game time is 7:30 at the Sleeman Centre.
Storm 6, Knights 3
0-1 LND Welychka (1) (Domi, M. Rupert) PP 6:28
1-1 GUE Kosmachuk (2) (Dickinson, Finn) 9:23
2-1 GUE Dickinson (2) (Harpur) 16:33
Penalties – Elie LND (Boarding) 3:50, Bertuzzi GUE (Roughing) 5:00, Dickinson GUE (Tripping) 6:06, McGinn GUE (High-Sticking) 10:18, Anderson LND (Roughing) 11:33, Leslie GUE (Roughing) 11:33, Domi LND (Head-Check Game Misconduct) 18:23, Centorame LND (Fighting) 0:00, Garlent GUE (Fighting)
3-1 GUE Garlent (1) (Kosmachuk) 13:06
3-2 LND Tierney (1) (McCarron, Marner) PP 18:53
Penalties – Bertuzzi GUE (High-Sticking) 2:28, Jamieson LND (Hokking) 7:53, Fabbri GUE (Holding) 11:19, M. Rupert LND (Checking From Behind, Roughing) 12:29, McGinn GUE (Roughing) 12:29, Liberati LND (Delay of Game) 14:40, Anderson LND (Checking from Behind) 15:05, Kosmachuk GUE (Goaltender Interference) 17:30
4-2 GUE Mitchell (1) (Horvat, Garlent) 13:26
5-2 GUE Bertuzzi (2) (McGinn, Finn) PP 15:15
6-2 GUE Horvat (1) (Leslie, Suter) SH 17:53
6-3 LND Platzer (1) (Liberati, Marner) PP 18:35
Penalties – Kosmachuk GUE (Slashing) 3:33, M. Rupert LND (Roughing) 14:36, Craievich GUE (Hooking) 17:08
Shots LND 7-17-6 – 40 GUE 7-15-13 – 35
Goalies LND Patterson (0-1-0-0) 29-35 GUE Nichols (2-0-0-0) 37-40
Powerplay LND 3-8 GUE 1-7
- Nichols, GUE
- Garlent, GUE
- Dickinson, GUE