The Guelph Storm would have punched their ticket to the Memorial Cup Semi-Finals and the ability to breathe in their final round robin game. Instead, there will be more meaning in their game against the WHL Champions, the Prince Albert Raiders.
The Storm controlled the bulk of the play but some defensive lapses and an offensive outburst by the host-city team, the Halifax Mooseheads, in the second period. The Mooseheads put 20 shots on goal in the period and added two goals and went into the third period with a 3-1 lead.
The Storm came out in the third and found the back on the nets on the power-play, putting the game within one goal. The Mooseheads were able to find momentum from the home-town crowd and added an insurance marker a few minutes later and would guarantee themselves at least a Semi-Final finish.
Here are the top five players for the Guelph Storm in their 4-2 loss to the Halifax Mooseheads:
24:50 TOI / 2 G / 6 SOG / 61 CF% / 0 /
Sean Durzi continues his offensive outburst from the Storm’s opening game win. Durzi collected three assists in the game and added two goals to his point totals. The LA Kings prospect has 9 shots-on-goal throughout the first two games while averaging 24:20 time-on-ice. The Mississauga, Ontario native has been great defensively averaging 65% CF, showing why he is a threat at both sides of the puck.
26:50 TOI / 1 PA / 10 SOG / 70 CF% / 0 /
Nick Suzuki was his normal dominant self but couldn’t find any luck finding the back of the net. Suzuki fired 10 shot-on-goal through the game but couldn’t crack Mooseheads goalie, Alexis Gravel. The center-man had a better night in the faceoff dot, going 55%. The London, Ontario native was great defensively, going +19 CF through the first two periods and finishing with 61% CF.
34:30 TOI / 1 SA / 3 SOG / 65 CF% / -2 /
Dmitri Samorukov was a rock for the Storm on the blue-line, playing 34:30 through-out the game, including 7:43 on the penalty-kill. While playing the tougher minutes, Samorukov had a +16 CF differential and was able to add offensively. The Edmonton Oilers prospect had a secondary assist on Durzi’s second goal of the game and added three shots-on-goal.
24:19 TOI / 4 SOG / 79 CF% / +1 /
Isaac Ratcliffe and his line-mates, Suzuki and MacKenzie Entwhistle were buzzing all game and it only felt like a matter on time before the line scored. The line combined for 15 shot-on-goal, four of those shots were from Ratcliffe. The left-winger finished the game with 24:19 time-on-ice and 79% CF.
4 GA / 38 SV / 0.905 SV% /
Anthony Popovich held his team in the game when he faced 22 shots in the second period. 9 of 13 high-danger shots Popovich faced in the game came in those 20 minutes and could have seen the game slip away from the Storm. Popovich finished the game strong, making 4/5 high-danger saves in the third but the one he allowed ended up being the dagger. The Belleville, Ontario native stopped all low (16) and medium (10) danger shots he faced.
TOI – Time On Ice (Amount of time a player was on the ice in all situations)
G – Goal (Goal scored in all situations)
PA – Primary Assist (Last person to touch the puck before goal score)
SA – Secondary Assist (Second last person to touch the puck before goal scorer)
SOG – Shots On Goal (Shot on goal in all situations)
CF % – Corsi For Percentage (Percentage of even-strength shot-attempts while on the ice)
+/- – Plus/Minus (Even-strength goal for or against while on the ice)