May 17 2014 ISN – LONDON, ONT – Two quick goals early in the second period gave the Edmonton Oil Kings
the lead and some momentum but they couldn’t hold on, dropping their Memorial Cup
tournament opener 5-2 to the Guelph Storm on Saturday.
“We didn’t get a win off the start but we’ve got to look at the positives. We proved
to ourselves that we can compete at this level,” said Oil Kings captain Griffin
“There was some bonehead mistakes and some dumb penalties that cost us and we’ve got
to fix that. We’ve got to realize it’s not a seven-game series, it’s one game
against these teams. I think we’ll learn from that and we’ll be better.”
The Oil Kings did outshoot Guelph 39-32.
With a minute to play in the first, Aaron Irving received two minutes for roughing,
sending Guelph on the power play for the first time and the Storm converted to make
it a 1-0 game. Kerby Rychel picked up the puck in front of the net and wired it
short side and high past Jarry to score the game’s first goal.
Shots on goal after one period were 10 apiece.
It didn’t take the Oil Kings long to get things going in the second period after
scoring two goals in 27 seconds within the opening two minutes of the middle frame.
Henrik Samuelsson’s backhand attempt from the right faceoff circle somehow found its
way past Storm goaltender Justin Nichols to get the Oil Kings back on even terms and
just like that, the Oil Kings made it a 2-1 game. Curtis Lazar made a great pass to
Ashton Sautner pinching in and he made no mistake, tapping it past Nichols for the
Edmonton continued to take the play to Guelph and were rewarded with a power play as
a result. They were unable to convert, however.
A penalty by Griffin Reinhart six minutes into the period sent Guelph back on the
power play and they did find a way to convert.
With 44 seconds left in the Reinhart penalty, Jarry left the puck behind his net for
Mads Eller but Eller’s clearing attempt went off Rychel and in to tie the game up.
“It was a lucky bounce. It went off his stomach and went in the net,” said Eller
after the game. “At the moment it sucks but you’ve just got to reset and get back
into the game. You can’t do too much.”
Jarry echoed the thoughts of Eller on the play.
“Things like that happen. You’ve just got to let it go and move on,” he said. “It’s
part of the game. You’ve got to learn to let it go and that’s one of things I can do
is let it go quickly and get back to the game.”
Guelph then regained the lead with five minutes to play in the second. Brock
McGinn’s shot went off the post and in to make it 3-2 Storm.
After two, shots on goal were 25-21 for Edmonton.
Nearly six minutes into the third, Tyler Bertuzzi doubled the Guelph lead, taking
the puck through the neutral zone and all the way to the hash marks before wiring
the puck top corner for the 4-2 marker.
A turnover at the OIl Kings blueline led to another golden scoring chance for
Guelph. Bertuzzi ripped a shot from the top of the right circle high past Jarry for
his second of the game to make it a three-goal lead for the Ontario club.
Guelph had the edge early on, outshooting Edmonton 6-1 through the first portion of
the opening frame of what was a physical contest right off the start.
The physicality boiled over four minutes in when Oil Kings defenceman Blake Orban
dropped the gloves with Guelph’s Ryan Horvat. Both fighters got their share of
punches in but Orban was the one who ended up getting toppled over in the quick
The Oil Kings started picking up the pace after the fight. By the time the period
reached the midway point, the shot count was 7-6 in favour of the Western squad.
Best chance in the early-going went to Guelph’s Robby Fabbri. The 2014 draft
eligible centre nearly scored after deking out Edmonton starting goaltender Tristan
Jarry but just narrowly missed the net on the backhand.
First power play of the game went to Edmonton. Guelph’s Ben Harpur took two for
Oil Kings were unable to convert with the man advantage but shortly after it expired
they looked like they scored the first goal after crashing the net. But after a
quick review, it was ruled no goal.