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By Tony Saxon, Guelph Mercury - A little bit of luck, a lot of hard work and a huge dose of Garret Sparks proved to be a winning formula for the Guelph Storm Friday night.
A weird goal in the second period helped Guelph take a 3-0 lead early on and Sparks made 45 saves as the Storm downed the Plymouth Whalers 4-2 in Game 1 of their best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final.
Game 2 goes Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in Guelph.
The home crowd is never more important than do-or-die games in the playoffs... and Round One Rush is back so that fans can pack the Sleeman Centre and cheer their Storm into the second round! Tickets are available on Saturday, March 24 in person at the Guelph Storm box office from 10 am - 2 pm or by calling or visiting Ticketmaster (CLICK HERE).
Round One Rush is in effect for the first round of the 2012 post-season giving Storm fans the opportunity to enjoy the excitement of OHL Playoff hockey for only $12!
The 'Rush' is on... but don't miss your chance to buy early because if you wait until the day of the game, TICKET PRICES WILL INCREASE BY UP TO $10 PER TICKET (SEE BELOW).
The Storm built up a 3-0 lead by the game’s midway point then weathered the Whalers’ comeback attempt, thanks mainly to Sparks.
“That’s what I have to do in games like that. When things get hectic it’s up to me to hold it together,” said Sparks, who had family up from Illinois to watch the game.
He saved his best for last. With the Storm forced to kill off a double minor to Andrey Pedan midway through the third period, Sparks made six or seven break-out-the-thesaurus saves to preserve a 3-2 lead. He was there again when the Whalers pulled goaltender Scott Wedgewood for the extra attacker, holding the fort until Francis Menard iced the win with an empty netter.
“Sparksy was amazing and the guys skated their butts off,” Storm coach Scott Walker said.
“It’s easy to lose, but it takes hard work and commitment to win, and they worked hard tonight. I’m proud of them,” Walker said. “They’re tired and banged up and bruised, but that’s what it takes to win.”
TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE for all three games scheduled to be played in Guelph (Game 2, Game 4 and Game 6 (if necessary)). Game 6 orders must be purchased by credit card until the game is deemed necessary to facilitate refunds in the event that the game is not necessary.
The Guelph Storm box office is open on Saturday from 10 am - 2pm for in person or phone orders at (519) 837-9690 and on Sunday from 12:00 pm - the end of the second period.
Tickets can be purchased in person at the Guelph Storm box office in Old Quebec Street Mall, or call (519) 837-9690 to order by phone ($3.00 per order charge will apply to phone orders). Tickets also available through Ticketmaster (standard Ticketmaster charges apply).
PLYMOUTH-GUELPH SERIES DATES (series best four-of-seven):
'ROUND ONE RUSH' 2012 PLAYOFF PRICES
*GAME 2 "RUSH" PRICES END SATURDAY, MARCH 24TH
*GAME 4 "RUSH" PRICES END WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28TH
*GAME 6 "RUSH" PRICES END SATURDAY, MARCH 31ST
|REGULAR SEATS||ADVANCE||DAY OF GAME|
|Child (12 & under)||$12||$15|
|CLUB SEATS||ADVANCE||DAY OF GAME|
|Student / Senior||$17||$24|
|Child (12 & under)||$17||$20|
|VIP CLUB SEATS||ADVANCE||DAY OF GAME|
|All seat types||$24||$34|