The Storm have left many of the best teams in the OHL in their wake during a dominating 12 game winning streak. Perhaps their accomplishments are most prevalent against the arch-rival Kitchener Rangers who entered the contest ranked 3rd in the league behind the Storm who started the night one point behind the Knights and ended of course one point up on the Knights. The Storm have beaten the Rangers three times during their 12-game run, each of those victories was by a margin of 3 or more goals. Because of weather conditions warmups had to go on without any linesmen on the ice to maintain order should anything start between the two rivals, fortunately the warmups were very tame. The game also turned out to be relatively tame infact, without any fights or any other types of incidents. The first period was very close-checking, with the Rangers perhaps holding the edge in quality scoring opportunities. Both Carlo DiRienzo and Adam Dennis were called upon to make several big stops. Adam Dennis was able to beat Paul McFarland who had a clear cut breakaway with a crafty poke-check.
Daniel Paille opened up the scoring while the
Storm were on a powerplay. Unfortunately things got worse from there,
Matt Lashoff and Chris Gravelding made the unfortunate mistake of taking
Jacub Koreis who had the puck entering the zone on a 2-on-2 and Daniel
Giradi had to make several hacks before finally slipping the puck past
a prone Carlo DiRienzo who was hung out to dry on the play after making
the first stop. Matt Ryan who ended the night with 4 points scored
only minutes later, and suddenly the Storm had opened up a 3-0 lead over
the Rangers. Adam Keefe scored his 15th of the season to put the
Rangers on the board, but they proved incapable of gaining any momentum
after getting on the board.
Matt Ryan followed up his goal in the second with another in the early going of the third period, his 30th of the season, which again took the crowd out of the game. Michael Richards was able to burst out from behind the Storm' net and sneak the puck through Dennis' legs. Unfortunately Daniel Paille replied for the Storm with the Rangers looking out of position in their own end only 6 seconds after Richards brought the Rangers back to within two goals. Daniel Paille and Matt Ryan each contributed a pair of goals and a pair of assists.
The Rangers were able to hold Martin St. Pierre
in check, during the Thanksgiving day matchup St. Pierre scored a hattrick
to sink the Rangers during the third period. St. Pierre was a -2
on the night, and was also held pointless. The win improve the Storm's
record against the Rangers to 4-1-1 this season, and make them undefeated
in their last 5 against the Kitchener Rangers since the Rangers won the
first of eight regular season meetings in Guelph.