Smith, Hill score in dominant performance
By Nick Misiak
The Guelph Storm came into Compuware Arena Saturday night with a roster depleted by nagging injuries, but managed to use their young talent acquired at the trade deadline to shut out the Plymouth Whalers 3-0.
Rookie Giovani Smith and veteran forward Tyler Hill each scored for Guelph, who now sits at 26-17-2-1. Plymouth drops to 15-26-2-1.
Smith, who was acquired by the Storm at the trade deadline from Barrie, scored his first career OHL goal in the second by driving hard to the Plymouth net and tapping in a pass from Jason Dickenson past the outstretched left leg of Whalers goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic.
Tyler Hill, who came to Guelph in a trade from Ottawa, buried his ninth of the year midway through the third due to a miscue by Nedeljkovic. Hill shot the puck from the right side just inside the blue line and Nedeljkovic reached across his body to catch the puck with his glove but failed to do so and the puck found the top left corner of the net to make it a 2-0 game.
The Whalers applied heavy pressure on the Storm for most of the game, but were unable to put the puck on net
when they were given shot opportunities and failed to sustain any pressure in the slot. Although they were able to maintain control of the puck well, Plymouth did not have any good scoring chances throughout the night.
With just over a minute remaining Detroit Red Wings draft pick Tyler Bertuzzi stole the puck from Whalers star Sonny Milano in front of Plymouth’s own net to score an empty net goal to ice the win for the Storm.
Plymouth returns to the ice Thursday night in Saginaw for a 7:07 p.m. tilt against the Spirit before returning home for a pair of games on Friday Jan. 30 against Belleville and Saturday Jan. 31 against Windsor. Both games will be held at Compuware Arena at 7:05 p.m.