Guelph, ON: Game two of the Western Conference Quarter-Final was lopsided in favour of the home team. The Storm shutout the Rangers and won 7-0 to take a 2-0 series lead.
Luke Richardson stopped 19 of 25 and Lucas Pfeil stopped eight of 9 in the loss.
FULL GAME REPORT
The Storm opened up the scoring at 3:02 of the first period. Isaac Ratcliffe’s shot from just in front of the blue line was deflected by Nick Suzuki in front of a screened Luke Richardson to put the home team up 1-0.
Just 54 seconds later, a Domenico Commisso shot took a deflection off of Rangers defenseman Cole Cameron and that put the Storm up 2-0.
Rickard Hugg received a 10-minute misconduct for some post-whistle interactions with Storm captain, Ratcliffe. 11-seconds later, at 7:35, Kyle Gentles took a holding penalty that put the Rangers down a man for the first time on the afternoon.
Kitchener’s penalty kill fended off Guelph’s man-advantage and kept the deficit to two.
The Storm extended their lead at 14:16 when Fedor Gordeev, on assists from Pavel Gogolev and Nate Schnarr, found the back of the net for his first goal of the playoffs to make it 3-0.
With the period winding down, Schnarr, from the end boards, passed in front to Liam Hawel who battled a Rangers defender for the puck and put it past Richardson to make it 4-0 and that’s how the period would end.
Guelph outshot Kitchener through 20 minutes, 14-5.
45-seconds into the second period, Hawel finished off a tic-tac-toe goal from Schnarr and Alexey Toropchenchko for his second of the afternoon to make it 5-0.
At 12:45 of the middle frame, Ratcliffe got his first goal of the postseason when he deflected a Schnarr point shot to give Guelph the 6-0 advantage.
The period would end with the Storm still leading in shots, 25-18.
Lucas Pfeil replaced Richardson in net to begin the third period.
The Storm made it 7-0 when Toropchenko batted a shot out of the air and past Pfeil at 12:11.
The game ended with the Storm outshooting the Rangers 34-22.
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