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It just wasn’t enough.
The Guelph Storm’s 72 shots on goal were not enough to beat Charlie Graham and the Belleville Bulls at Yardmen Arena on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.
Graham kicked aside 67 shots in the Belleville net to earn his first win of the season.
The young goaltender stopped all 20 shots he faced in the first period as his team jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, one that Jason Dickinson’s late game heroics couldn’t erase.
Dickinson gave the Storm hope for a comeback when he pulled them within two goals at the 5:48 mark of the third period. His second goal of the game came just a little bit too late, as the Bulls were able to hold on for the final 13 seconds to win their second game of the season.
The Bulls got on the scoresheet early as Jake Marchment scored his first OHL goal just a minute-and-a-half into the game. Newly acquired Remi Elie extended the lead before Andrew Ming ended Justin Nichols night midway through the period with his first career OHL goal.
Nichols allowed three goals on eight shots and gave way to Matthew Mancina, who was beat by Bulls captain Brendan Gaunce on the only shot he faced in the first period.
Despite outshooting the Bulls 20-9 in the first period, the Storm took it to another level in the second. They fired eight shots in Graham’s direction before the period was five minutes old.
Brody Milne scored on that eighth shot, pouncing on a rebound to the left of Graham and snapping it over the goaltender for his first of the season.
Hunter Garlent gave the Storm their first real hope of a comeback when he cut the Bulls lead in half just three minutes later.
The teams traded two quick goals, as Luke Cairns scored for Belleville before Ryan Horvat potted another rebound from Graham’s left side.
A late second period goal by David Tomasek proved to be the winner when he sent a backhander to the top corner.
Tyler Bertuzzi, Zac Leslie and Brody Milne joined Dickinson in having multi-point games. Bertuzzi assisted on three Guelph goals, while Leslie recorded two and Milne added one. Dickinson, Ben Harpur, Brock McGinn and Matt Finn all posted one assist.
Mancina was tagged with the loss as he allowed the game-winning goal. He finished the night with 18 saves on 21 shots.
The Storm do not have much time to figure out there road woes, as they will face off in Kingston against the 7-0-0-1 Frontenacs.
Guelph plays one more road game in Windsor this week before returning to the Sleeman Centre, where they are 4-0, for a 7:30 meeting with the Niagara Ice Dogs on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.
Storm 5, Bulls 6
0-1 BELV Marchment (1) (Cramarossa) 1:31
0-2 BELV Elie (3) 5:36
0-3 BELV Ming (1) (Tomasek, Subban) 13:31
0-4 BELV Gaunce (2) (Elie, Worrad) 18:55
Penalties – Bertuzzi GUE (Head Checking) 14:11, Horvat GUE (Hooking) 15:31
1-4 GUE Milne (1) (Harpur, Bertuzzi) 4:40
2-4 GUE Garlent (2) (Dickinson, Leslie) 7:45
2-5 BELV Cairns (4) (Elie, Gaunce) 11:30
3-5 GUE Horvat (3) (Bertuzzi, Milne) 12:29
3-6 BELV Tomasek (3) (Cramarossa, Lemcke) 15:57
Penalties – Marchment BELV (Interference) 8:05, Petti BELV (Checking from Behind) 18:07
4-6 GUE Dickinson (4) (Leslie, McGinn) 14:12
5-6 GUE Dickinson (5) (Finn, Bertuzzi) 19:47 PP
Penalties – Gaunce BELV (High Sticking) 11:17, Leslie GUE (Holding) 16:33, Hooey BELV (Roughing) 18:46
Shots GUE 20-27-25 – 72 BELV 9-11-9 – 29
Goalies GUE Nichols (4-1-0-0) 5-8 BELV Graham (1-5-1-1) 67-72
GUE Mancina (1-2-0-0) 18-21
Powerplay GUE - 1-4 BELV – 0-3