The Guelph Storm secured a place in the Memorial Cup Semi-Finals win a 5-2 win over the Prince Albert Raiders. The loss knocked the WHL Champions out of the tournament and the Storm kept an eye on the match-up between the Halifax Mooseheads and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
The Storm win eliminated the need for any tie-breaker game to get into the semi-finals but the results of the final round robin game sorted out who would be opponents and who would get a bye into the Finals.
In a back and forth game, the Huskies came out on top after Jakub Lauko scored in the final minute of the game. The win gave all three teams two wins during rounds robin play.
The Mooseheads won the tie-break based on goals for and against and advance to the Finals. While the Storm and Huskies will meet in a Semi-Final match-up to determine the opponents for the Mooseheads.
Let’s take a look at the top five players for the Storm in their win against the Raiders.
*Legend of stat abbreviations and meaning at the bottom of the page*
21:40 TOI / 2 G / 1 PA / 3 SOG / 55% CF / 8 DZS / 6 NZS / 5 OZS / +3 /
It didn’t take long for Nick Suzuki to get started. Less than half-way into the first period, Suzuki saw Fedor Gordeev join him on a two-on-one and Suzuki put it in a spot that the 6’ 7” defenseman could get his stick and get the Storm an early lead. Suzuki would find the back of the net twice in the game, both coming from his speed and his ability to see the game.
In his first goal of the game, Suzuki used that speed to cut between the Raider’s defenders and receive a pass from Isaac Ratcliffe and spring on a partial breakaway and the back of the net. The Montreal Canadiens prospect would get creative on his second goal. Using that same speed, Suzuki would stay on the outside of the neutral zone before cutting behind the net and bank it off the back of Raider’s goalie, Ian Scott. The 2018 NHL first-round pick added three shots-on-goal while going 76% in face-offs with 55% CF.
21:40 TOI / 1 G / 2 PA / 1 SOG / 55% CF / 2BL / 7 DZS / 6 NZS / 5 OZS / +2 /
Isaac Ratcliffe was good offensively and defensively. Ratcliffe had a three-point night after behind held off the scoresheet, except for three minor-penalties, in the Storm’s game against the Mooseheads. The Storm captain would make up for it, drawing three penalties against. Ratcliffe would also score a highlight reel goal in the first period, toe-dragging around Raider’s defensemen Brayden Pachal and find himself alone on Scott, finding room five-hole on his backhand. The Philadelphia Flyers prospect added two primary assists on both Suzuki’s goals to help his team advance the Semi-Finals.
25:49 TOI / 2 SA / 56% CF / 7 DZS/ 6 NZS / 7 OZS / +3 /
Sean Durzi continued to add to his point totals at the Memorial Cup. The leader in points at the tournament would collect to secondary assists on Ratcliffe’s goal and Suzuki’s first goal to sit one point ahead of the Halifax Moosehead’s Maxim Trepanier. The right-shot defenceman would play 25:49 in the game, with 56%CF while starting in the defensive zone 35% of the time. Since 1983-84, no defensemen has recorded 10 points in a Memorial Cup. Both Brandon Gormely (2012) and Mario Scalzo, Jr (2005) came close with 9 but Durzi could be the first one with two possible games left.
21:15 TOI / 1 G / 3 SOG / 43% CF / 2BL / 8 DZS /5 NZS / 5 OZS / +1 /
Fedor Gordeev was not only reliable defensively but added offensively, getting the Storm on the board early in the first period. The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect would add three shots-on-goal and two block shots, with 43% CF while starting the majority of his shifts in the defensive zone.
26:36 TOI / 4 SOG / 56% CF / 2 BL / 9 DZS / 4 NZS / 6 OZS / +2 /
Dimitri Samorukov was a rock on the blue-line for the Storm. Samorukov might not of found the scoresheet but he was a big factor in the game. In 26:36 of ice-time, the left-shot defensemen recorded four shots-on-goal and two block shots, with 56% CF while starting in the defensive zone 47% of the time.
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)
DZS – Defensive Zone Start (Start shift during a defensive zone draw)
NZS – Neutral Zone Start (Start shift during a neutral zone draw)
OZS – Offensive Zone Start (Start shift during an offensive zone draw)
CF % – Corsi For Percentage (Percentage of even-strength shot-attempts while on the ice)
BL – Block the opponent’s shot in all situations
+/- – Plus/Minus (Even-strength goal for or against while on the ice)