Kosmachuk goes from doghouse to penthouse

It can be a shot trip from the doghouse to the penthouse.

Guelph Storm winger Scott Kosmachuk, benched in two of the Storm’s first three games, showed the Winnipeg Jets why they made the right decision when they chose him in the third round of last year’s NHL draft on Sunday in London.

With eight members of the Jets hockey operations staff in attendance at Budweiser Gardens, Kosmachuk scored his first two goals of the season and goaltender Garret Sparks made 44 saves as the Storm downed the London Knights 4-1.

“We’ve just got to get the Winnipeg staff to travel with us all the time,” deadpanned Storm coach Scott Walker.

Kosmachuk said he had seen some of the Winnipeg personnel in the building prior to the game.

“I saw them lurking around before the game as I was getting ready and Walks (Walker) pulled me aside to let me know to try and give me a little jump start,” said Kosmachuk, who also had an assist.

The Toronto native scored the game’s opening goal in the first period then added a huge insurance marker to make it 3-1 late in the third as the Storm was hanging on by the skin of its teeth.

Zac Leslie and Tanner Richard, the latter into the empty net, had Guelph’s other goals.

Guelph’s Jason Dickinson missed a penalty shot in the third.

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