This one was basically a one-goal game.
Guelph better figure out a way to beat Kitchener, because there's a good chance they could meet them in the first round of the playoffs. Of course fifth-place Guelph is now only just ahead of Sault Ste. Marie and Sarnia.
Guelph plays well against Kitchener, just not for long enough. Then the Rangers, like all good teams, make you pay for your mistakes. Four of Kitchener's goals could be directly related to Storm mistakes. Guelph doesn't make teams pay enough.
Scott Walker was lamenting the work of some of the defencemen. Without Matt Finn in the lineup and some blueliners not having a good game, he said it takes its toll when you only feel safe putting out the same four guys. Not sure which four he was talking about, because other than perhaps Brock Beukeboom, they whole crew seemed a bit shakey last night.
Said Scott Walker: “Do we have enough to do it? Well obviously not, no we don’t. So maybe we’re better not to play them in the playoffs."
Scott Kosmachuk was getting plenty of criticism for his third period fight with Matt Puempel, considering the score was 3-2 at the time and Kosmachuk is the Storm's leading goalscorer.
While it might not have been the best decision, I understand what Kosmachuk was trying to do. The Storm was flat, they needed a lift, and if he had been able to give the crowd and his teammates the boost it needed by winning a fight, that would have been a contribution.
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Mat Finn and Brody Milne are the only Storm players left in sick bay.
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Kyle Locke had a goal and two assists the other night for the Cambridge Winter Hawks.
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Draft pick Olivier Chabot, a strong candidate for next year's Storm team, has 23 goals and 47 assists in 34 games for the major midget Kapuskasing Flyers.