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By Tony Saxon, Guelph Mercury - Daniel Poliziani finally got rid of the goose egg Friday night.
The rookie Guelph Storm defenceman’s first Ontario Hockey League goal turned out to be the game winner in a 6-2 victory over the Owen Sound Attack at the Sleeman Centre.
After going 44 games without a goal, Poliziani could breath a big sigh of relief.
“I can’t explain how good it feels,” said the 18-year-old rookie who was a 15th and final round pick by the Storm in the 2009 entry draft.
Adding to the pressure was that he was the last Storm regular without a goal this season.
“I’ve thought about it the whole year, being the last one to get their first goal. It was definitely on my mind,” he said. “The guys didn’t tease me much. If anything I made fun of myself more. But I’m definitely happy to have it out of the way.”
The game winner came at 3:33 of the second period and put Guelph up 3-1 at the time.
Owen Sound Attack 2 at Guelph Storm 6 - Status: Final
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), 11:08; Finn Gue (hooking), 12:32; Rymarchuk Os (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 16:16; Zweep Os (cross checking, instigator, fighting, misc-instigating), 18:58; Turcotte Gue (fighting), 18:58; Cutting Os (check from behind), 19:31.
3rd Period-7, Guelph, Mitchell 29 (Pedan, Finn), 1:00 (PP). 8, Guelph, Finn 10 (Mitchell, Pedan), 16:43 (PP). Penalties-Kosmachuk Gue (holding), 4:59; Hope Os (interference), 10:26; Pereira Gue (high sticking), 13:26; Catenacci Os (holding), 16:11; Horvat Gue (roughing, 10-min. misc.), 16:11; Gilbert Os (unsportsmanlike cnd., 10-min. misc.), 16:24; Halmo Os (fighting), 16:24; Hope Os (cross checking), 16:24; Smith Os (10-min. misc.), 16:24; Bertuzzi Gue (10-min. misc.), 16:24; McNaughton Gue (fighting), 16:24.
Shots on Goal-Owen Sound 11-12-12-35. Guelph 12-13-10-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Owen Sound 0 / 5; Guelph 3 / 8.
Goalies-Owen Sound, Binnington 18-15-0-1 (14 shots-11 saves); Stajcer 10-7-3-3 (21 shots-18 saves). Guelph, Sparks 21-21-1-2 (35 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Jason Goldenberg (19), Mike Cairns (34).
Linesmen-Matthew Traub (50), Sean Pindar (48).