McFadden, Storm eliminate Owen Sound

Knights finish off Rangers

By Josh Howald

The season is over for the Owen Sound Attack.

London's Max Domi fends off Max Iafrate during Game 6 Sunday evening in Kitchener. (Josh Howald photo)


The Attack were eliminated Saturday night at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph in Game 5 of their Ontario Hockey League opening round series against the Storm.

The Storm edged out Owen Sound 2-1 to take the series four games to one.

Owen Sound took a first period lead, but the Storm scored twice in a 1:18 span in the second period then rode the goaltending of Justin Nichols the rest of the way home.

The Storm held a 3-1 series lead on Owen Sound after Kincardine native Garrett McFadden led Guelph to an overtime win last Wednesday night in Game 4.

Trailing late in the game, McFadden tied things up with a brilliant shorthanded goal. Streaking down the right wing, he snapped a shot through traffic that was stopped by Owen Sound goalie Jack Finn. But the rebound bounced high and wide, and McFadden picked it out of mid-air with a waist-high baseball swing with 1:27 left on the clock.

Then, a little more than five minutes into the extra frame, McFadden moved the puck to the middle of the ice and snapped a shot through traffic that found its way to the net. Givani Smith knocked home the rebound to give the Storm a 3-1 series going home.

Guelph will now face the OHL's best team in the regular season, the Soo Greyhounds, in the Western Conference semi-finals. The Hounds were 54-12-0-2 this season, while Guelph finished fourth overall in the West at 38-26-2-2. Soo is coming off a four-game sweep of Saginaw. The other Western semi-final series will feature the London Knights at the Erie Otters.

The match-ups weren't decided until Sunday night, when the Knights eliminated the Kitchener Rangers with a 5-0 win in Game 6 of that series. The Knights had held a 3-0 lead on the Rangers, who battled back to play Sunday night on home ice. However, Game 6 belonged to London. Victor Mete opened the scoring in the second period, and his gorgeous goal ended up being the game winner as rookie netminder Tyler Parsons stopped all 30 Kitchener shots for the shutout. Aiden Jamieson and Christian Dvorak made it 3-0 before the second period ended, and the Knights put a stamp on this game with a late goal by Tait Seguin. Meanwhile, Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters eliminated the Sarnia Sting in five games to move on to the conference semi-finals.

North Bay and Barrie will play in one Eastern Conference semi-final series, while Oshawa and Niagara will face off in the other.

The schedules for all four series were to be released on Monday afternoon.