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By Eric Balnar, Guelphstorm.com
Brock McGinn’s two goals and Matt Mancina’s steady goaltending powered the Guelph Storm to a convincing 5-1 home victory over the Oshawa Generals Friday night.
Not much went wrong for the Storm, who are now 2-0-0-0 to start the season. They received solid goaltending from their rookie goalie Matt Mancina, scored timely goals, contained Oshawa’s lethal offensive threat and played a more physical hockey game.
The Storm bounced around the Oshawa Generals net for the better half of the first period but couldn’t seem to find the net. After the Storm were denied by a couple posts and a few solid saves from Oshawa goalie Ken Appleby, Brock McGinn final opened the scoring on a break away coming off the right wing.
“We had a lot of jump to start the game,” says head coach Scott Walker. “We missed a couple early chances from all four lines and you start wondering if there’s something out there against you. But you still have to stick to your game.”
Late in the opening period, Robby Fabbri extended the Storm lead by banging home a Zack Mitchell rebound.
In an otherwise uneventful second period frame, the Storm piled it on in the late.
Scott Kosmachuk scored on a juicy rebound to make it 3-0. Then, just 30 seconds later, McGinn added his second of the game. Chadd Bauman rounded out the scoring for the Storm with a late third period goal.
But the game may have had a different outcome for Guelph if it were not for steady play from rookie goalie Matt Mancina.The 17-year-old made his first career OHL debut in a big way – stopping 30 of 31 shots against.
“I’ve been waiting for a year now to [play that first game],” he says.
Walker was also impressed by his first year netminder’s debut.
“He seems to be a calm kid,” he says. “He’s very sound, he doesn’t flop around, he’s very technical.”
The Generals would try to stage a combat early in the third period but failed to capitalize off of Hunter Smith’s power play marker to make it 4-1.
Oshawa had a couple more chances, but Mancina remained calm and squandered any chance of a Generals comeback.
“When you’re up 4-0 it takes a bit more of the pressure off,” says Mancina.
Chadd Bauman notched his first of the year to solidify the 5-1 win late in the game.
The Storm will try to replicate that combination of speed, skill and grit when the top-ranked London Knights arrive at the Sleeman Centre on Sunday afternoon. The Knights are undefeated.
Puck drop is at 2:00 PM and tickets can be bought by visiting or calling the Guelph Storm Box Office at 519-837-9690 or online at Ticketmaster.ca.