Home ice advantage continued to play a major role in Game 4 of the OHL Championship on Wednesday night, as the Guelph Stormed downed the Ottawa 67’s 5-4 despite a dominant third period from the Barber Poles.
The 67’s, who won both Games 1 and 2 at home, will now have a chance to re-take the lead in the best-of-seven series when they host the Storm for a sold out Game 5 on Friday night at The Arena at TD Place.
The 67’s opened the scoring on their first shot of the game less than five minutes into the first as Hudson Wilson wired home a shot for his first of the playoffs. The Storm would respond with two goals of their own courtesy of Nate Schnarr and Alexey Toropchenko to head into the first intermission ahead by a goal.
The second period saw the Storm increase their lead on goals by Toropchenko and Nick Suzuki before Lucas Chiodo brought Ottawa back to within two late in the period. Tyle Felhaber and
Liawm Hawel scored for the Storm in the third period, while Tye Felhaber responded for Ottawa with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker. Kyle Maksimovich made it a one-goal game with two seconds left in the game.
67’s goalie Cedrick Andree made 19 saves in the game, while Anthony Popovitch turned away 30 Ottawa shots.
The 67’s will host the Storm on Friday night for Game 5 in front of a sold out crowd at The Arena at TD Place.
What they’re saying
Andre Tourigny, 67’s Head Coach
“I think so far in the series, the score dictates the tempo of the game. When we score, we get momentum and the same thing for them. We have to find ways to create momentum in different ways than just scoring goals. It’s the desperation and intensity that we had in the third period that we want for 60 minutes … We have home ice advantage and it’s a best-of-three now … It’s about setting the tone and playing with the pace we want.”
Tye Felhaber, 67’s forward
“We have to (play like we did in the third) for all periods. We only had one really good period in this barn and we’re looking to build on that. It’s the OHL finals, you don’t get here too often and we’re going back home in front of our fans … it’s a best-of-three series and we’re confident in our group.”
- Lucas Chiodo (1G, 1A) and Kody Clark (2A) both had multi-point nights for Ottawa.
- Marco Rossi led both teams with seven shots on goal.
- The Storm had two late empty net goals called back for being offside.
- The 67’s will play Game 5 Friday at home, where they are undefeated so far in the playoffs with an 8-0 record.
In a spirited push to tie the game, the 67’s outshot the Storm 16-3 in third period, while outscoring them 2-1.