From the Stands
By Paul Osborne
The Guelph Storm are on a true roll.
They have won seven in a row and have outscored their opponents 44-21 over that span.
Over those games the Storm have failed to score five goals only once, and they’ve scored seven or more four times. And it’s not like its just one line dominating. They have been getting scoring from everywhere. Brock McGinn and Scott Kosmachuk are tied for fourth in league scoring with 27 points in 15 games. Hunter Garlent is 20th overall with 20 points, Robbi Fabbri 23rd (19), with Zack Mitchell and Jason Dickinson tied for It is as an explosive attack as I’ve seen in all my years covering the team.
“Our scoring has been very spread out and that’s good,” according to coach Scott Walker. “It is hard to win if we only have one line going, it’s hard to keep the ball rolling.”
And they seem to be doing it while not giving up too much defensively.
“They have been doing it right,” said Walker. “They understand they have been scoring by back checking hard. We’ve always told them that good defensive play will create scoring chances.”
On the weekend they put in two more dominating efforts pounding the normally defensive sound North Bay Battalion 7-2 and then the London Knights, the number one ranked team in the country heading into the season, 7-4.
“We have a lot of flare,” is how Storm captain Matt Finn put it after Sunday’s win. “We have a winning mentality in the room right now and we are quietly confident.”
The defensive pairing of Finn and Steven Trojanovic was also integral to the offence, scoring five goals and adding four assists over the last two games. Finn was the first star on Sunday and Trojanovic on Friday.
The rest of the league is averaging 51 goals scored this season – the Storm has 79. And when it comes to goals against, only four teams have allowed fewer. That is key because the team won’t be able to score seven goals a game every night, but as long as they keep their goals against down, their superior offensive skill should allow them to keep winning.
The line of Scott Kosmachuck, Hunter Garlent and Zack Mitchell has been especially strong. Kosmachuk was named the CHL player of the week. It is still early, but this team is starting to act like a club that is serious about contending for the league championship.
From the Land of Oz . . . Underage rookie Adam Craievich has been in and out of the line-up because of the numbers game but Sunday he bagged his first two OHL goals . . . Goaltender Justin Nichols was the second star of the game Sunday after stoning the Knights in the second period when they had several powerplays to keep the game close . . . The Storm plays in Peterborough on Wednesday and are home to Kitchener Friday and Sudbury on Sunday.