Guelph, Ontario – The Erie Otters were unable to overcome an early deficit as the Guelph Storm powered their way to a 7-2 victory in game two of the OHL Western Conference Final, putting the Storm up two games to none in the series.
The Guelph Storm held strong during the early going of the game, as the Erie Otters peppered goaltender Justin Nichols. Erie led the shots on goal department 13-1 midway through the first period, but it was Guelph who struck first. Scott Kosmachuk opened the scoring on the power play at 9:33 of the first. Then just three minutes later, Kerby Rychel notched his first of the night beating Otters net minder Oscar Dansk with a wrist shot over the glove. Erie had a power play chance late in the first as they looked to cut the deficit in half. It was Zack Mitchell who capitalized however, stealing the puck from Adam Pelech at the point, and then beating Dansk on the shorthanded breakaway.
Erie had a deep hole to climb out of being down three goals entering the second period. Erie hopped on the board in the first three minutes, when Cory Genovese fired home his first goal as an Otter on a seeing-eye shot from the blue line. It was Guelph who found the next tally, as Rychel got loose in front and beat Dansk for his second of the night. Erie got a little puck luck late in the period when Andre Burakovsky deflected a Kurtis MacDermid point shot off the skate of Matt Finn and into net. Trailing by two, Erie looked to make their charge in the third period, but the Storm had other ideas. With 38 seconds left, Kosmachuk cut into the slot with the puck and wired home his second of the night regaining their three goal lead heading into the intermission.
Guelph would add a pair of goals in the third period as Zack Mitchell and Robby Fabbri would put the game out of reach 7-2. Burakovsky extended his goal scoring streak to four games, while Connor McDavid extended his point streak to five games. The series will shift to Erie for games three and four, starting Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Erie Insurance Arena.
Locastro-Bonini Insurance Three Stars
- Scott Kosmachuk
- Justin Nichols
- Zack Mitchell