The Guelph Storm opened their run at the Memorial Cup with a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday in London, Ont.
Guelph trailed the game 2-1 in the second period before scoring four unanswered goals.
Kerby Rychel and Tyler Bertuzzi each scored twice for the Storm and Brock McGinn had a single. Edmonton outshot Guelph 39-32 in the game.
Storm post-game quotes:
Coach Scott Walker:
“(Edmonton) jumped out to a 2-1 lead (in the second period) and I liked the resiliency of our team.
There was no panic and they were very calm and we continued to play our style and got a lucky bounce and got right back into it.”
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“We knew (Edmonton) was a big, tough skilled team and we wanted to come out and play our game and use our speed and our physicality as well and we did a pretty good job and then shut them down in the third.”
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Goalie Justin Nichols on allowing a soft goal early in the second:
“You just have to realize we are still within a goal and I have confidence in the guys and the way you look at it is if we don’t give up another goal and score two we are going to win the game.”
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“I think the biggest game to win here, other than the championship game, is the first one.
We wanted to get off to a good start and when you play a team that big that hits that much you want to match their intensity and tonight we did a good job of that.”
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Next up for the Storm is a game Monday versus Val-d’Or, the Quebec champ which opened the tournament with a 1-0 win over the host London Knights Friday.
Game time Monday is 7 p.m.
Sunday, London faces Edmonton at 7 p.m.