Luke Durda

Slumping Storm Back In The Win Column

The month of January always feels like it lasts forever. This has been especially true for the Guelph Storm.

Entering the week, the Storm hadn’t won a game since January 3rd, losing 10 straight games and falling further down the standings.

But, all that changed on Thursday, January 27th when they finally broke through against the North Bay Battalion. The Storm got two points from each player on the top line, better known as the H-U-G line of Cam Hillis, Eric Uba, and Pavel Gogolev. Nico Daws made 17 saves in a 4-3 victory.

If you listen carefully, you can hear the sigh of relief all the way from North Bay.

 

The Storm continued their road trip as they rolled into Sudbury on Friday night. They stormed in (pun intended) scoring three quick goals in the first after going down 2-0.  They kept the Wolves on lockdown after that. Gogolev continued to produce, scoring goals #34 and #35 on the season, helping the Storm to a 5-2 win over the Wolves. The Storm managed to keep top prospect, Quinton Byfield, off the scoresheet, a key factor in their success.

 

A Sigh of Relief

 

There’s no doubt this weekend helped the team get some of their mojo back. A team that has looked lost for the better part of a month, has a new life as we head into the final stretch of the season.

 

Nico Daws picked up his first win since December 6th on Friday, and there’s no doubt that’s a huge confidence booster for the young netminder. His first win since returning from the World Juniors.

 

Jacob Maillet also netted his first career OHL goal on Friday.

 

 

Although the top line has been producing throughout the losing streak, it’s nice to see their efforts result in some wins for the Storm again. In times like this when a team goes through a skid like that, especially after being at the top for so long, to get back in the win column is huge for everyone involved.

 

Look out for this team to come out with some more pep in their step this week.

 

The Storm has a lot of work to do. Since the skid, the Storm has fallen to 6th in the Western Conference after leading it for most of the first half of the season. It’s a long and difficult road back to the top. With each team above them getting better by the day, it’s time to buckle up for a wild finish.

 

Up Next

Erie @ Guelph – Wednesday, February 5th at 7:00 pm.

Guelph @ Sault Ste Marie – Friday, February 7th at 7:07 pm

Guelph @ Saginaw – Saturday, February 8th at 7:05 pm

 

No doubt the Storm are looking for three big wins here this week.