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Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac

Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac

Caleb Gilligan, left, and Nick Dernovsek show their Storm spirit before Sunday’s game.

Fans take loss like champions

By Ned Bekavac
Guelph Tribune

One tough day at the office wasn’t going to erase a magical season for these Guelph Storm supporters.

“They’re amazing. They should be so proud of themselves,” said Storm fan Karen Sweigard, not long after the team suffered a heartbreaking end to their 2013-2014 season, a 6-3 loss to Edmonton in the Memorial Cup finals Sunday in London.

“The sun will rise again tomorrow,” said fellow Storm supporter Chuck Koch.

Guelph entered the game as a huge favourite to many, but were outplayed and outscored by the Western Hockey League champs.

Sweigard and Koch were two of a big throng of Storm fans who made the trek to London to watch their beloved team shoot for the franchise’s first ever Memorial Cup.

Koch was sporting a No. 17 Tyler Bertuzzi Storm jersey at the game, while Sweigard was rocking the No. 9 Robby Fabbri threads. Both are Storm season ticket holders.

While they felt their team was the superior one overall at the Memorial Cup, the finals proved why  – as they say – they play the game.

“I think we had the better team,” said Koch. “But Edmonton played a better game (today).”

“They wanted it more,” said Sweigard.

“They simply were hungrier,” said Koch.

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