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Guelph Storm blows out Mississauga Steelheads

February 7, 2014
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Mississauga News

GUELPH — Sometimes it’s hard to be humble.

The Guelph Storm blew out the Mississauga Steelheads 8-0 at the Sleeman Centre Thursday night and it begged the question of how the country’s top-scoring team stays focused in one-sided wins, given that it was the fourth time in the past seven games they have scored at least six.

“It’s tough. I think you just want to close out games strong and build up momentum for the next one,” said Storm captain Matt Finn, who had a goal and three assists Thursday.

“You’ve still got to play the game. Sometimes you can embarrass a team when you play the game but if you screw around you can embarrass a team, too,” Finn said.

“Everybody in that dressing room is competitive, everybody wants to win and scoring goals is fun. You’ve got to play hard no matter what the score is.”

The game was close for one period, but by the midway mark the Storm held a 3-0 lead and the OHL’s second-lowest scoring team wasn’t about to mount any kind of comeback.

The win maintained Guelph’s standing atop the Western Conference, one point up on the Erie Otters, who also won Thursday.

“As long as we win, I don’t care: Two points,” Storm coach Scott Walker said when asked about lopsided wins.

The game still has to be played, Walker said, no matter what the score.

“I love (Mississauga coach) James Boyd. He’s a good friend of mine and I really respect him,” Walker said. “It’s tough, but we rolled the four lines pretty good and tried to protect some players and put them in the right spots.”

Walker’s intensity on the bench is easily apparent, but he said he is still learning to not be so hard on his team when the situation doesn’t call for it.

“You don’t want to be hard on your team when you’re winning 5-0, but it’s tough. A bit of it is respect for the game and a bit of it is respect for your teammates. It’s hard, and there’s a fine line that I’m trying to learn myself about not being so hard when we are winning games.” Walker said.

The game wasn’t a cake walk early on, as Guelph led just 1-0 after a first period that saw the visitors outshoot them 10-9.

“Give them credit, they came out and they worked extremely hard and our guys came out hoping it was going to be an easy game,” Walker said.

But the scoring machine cranked it up in the second period, scoring four times, including three in a span of just over seven minutes. Two of the goals were on the power play.

Robby Fabbri and Jason Dickinson both had superb games for Guelph, each tallying two goals and an assist. Scott Kosmachuk had three assists.

Matt Mancina made 24 saves for his third shutout of the season.

Tyler Boston, a fourth round draft pick last year who signed with the team earlier in the day, played a semi-regular shift on the fourth line.

It could be another one-sided affair Friday when the OHL’s worst team, the Belleville Bulls, visits the Sleeman Centre to take on the league’s best. The Storm does not play Saturday or Sunday.

Storm 8 Steelheads 0

First Period

1. Guelph, Dickinson 18 (Finn, Kosmachuk) 15:47

Penalties: Clark Miss (fighting), 4:35; Pierog Gue (fighting), 4:35.

Second Period

2. Guelph, McGinn 33 (Dickinson, Trojanovic) 2:26

3. Guelph, Mitchell 23 (Finn, Fabbri) 10:14 (PP)

4. Guelph, Fabbri 32 (Rychel) 12:40

5. Guelph, Leslie 10 (Kosmachuk, Pierog) 17:28 (PP)

Penalties: Jammes Miss (hooking), 4:38; Trojanovic Gue (interference), 7:32; LeBlanc Miss (roughing), 8:22; served by Rasulov Miss (bench minor), 10:29; Kosmachuk Gue (slashing), 15:20; DiTomaso Miss (hooking), 16:47; Fabbri Gue (hooking), 18:33.

Third Period

6. Guelph, Dickinson 19 (Kosmachuk, Leslie) 13:53

7. Guelph, Finn 12 (Mitchell, Rychel) 15:01

8. Guelph, Fabbri 33 (Finn, Mitchell) 15:31

Penalties: Graves Miss (slashing), 1:21; Ebert Gue (roughing), 4:36; Rychel Gue (roughing), 6:48; Cianfrone Miss (cross checking), 17:36; Suter Gue (roughing), 17:36; Graves Miss (roughing), 18:41; Pierog Gue (roughing), 18:41; Goldberg Miss (cross checking), 19:32; Baltisberger Gue (slashing), 19:32.

Shots on Goal

Mississauga 10 – 6 – 8 – 24

Guelph 9 – 19 – 13 – 41

Power Play (goals/chances): Mississauga 0/5; Guelph 2/5.

Goalies (record, saves-shots): Marchand (L, 0-2-0-0, 23-28), Martin (20-25-1-2, 10-13, 0:00 third period) Mississauga; Mancina (W, 12-4-1-1, 24-24) Guelph.

Referees: Park, Myers; Linesmen: Menard, Zujko.

Attendance: 3,812.



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