Fronts struggle to fend off the Storm
The Kingston Frontenacs were hoping to end a losing skid, but they faced a tough opponent to accomplish that goal. The Guelph Storm are a team contending for a Western Conference title. They were also a little frustrated after a tough loss in Ottawa on Friday night. They came into Saturday’s game having lost just once in regulation over their last 10 games.
For the second night in a row the Frontenacs started the game strong, but the opposition’s depth came through as the period went on. Just past the midway point of the period the Guelph Storm took the lead. Cedric Ralph had a tap in that put them ahead 1-0 after a beautiful passing play with Ty Collins and Dmitri Samorukov. Later in the period the Storm extended that lead to 2-0. Markus Phillips picked the top corner while Guelph enjoyed the man advantage. That was the lead they enjoyed when the buzzer sounded to end the opening period.
The Storm offence was quiet for the first 12 minutes of the second period, but they woke up for the last 8 minutes. Liam Hawel made it 3-0 finishing on another nice passing play. Zack Terry then made it 4-0 when he scored his first career OHL goal from the point just 0:27 later. Domenico Commisso scored the Storm’s third goal of the period at 16:27 to help send his team to the dressing room with a 5-0 lead.
Guelph’s offence continued to fire on all cylinders in the third period. Liam Hawel scored goals five minutes apart to complete his hat trick. Those two goals made it 7-0 for the Storm. Dawson Baker broke the shutout with under five minutes remaining with his seventh of the season, but Guelph answered right back with a Cam Hillis goal that made it 8-1, which was the final score.
The Frontenacs are now off until next Friday when they host the Peterborough Petes. Game time is 7 PM against the long-time rival. Tickets are available at Leon’s Centre box office or through ticketmaster.ca.