Hurricanes come up short in OT loss at Stratford

It was a matchup between two of the top teams in the GOJHL Midwest on Friday and the game did not disappoint. Guelph Hurricanes, who defeated Brampton a night earlier, visited Allman Arena to take on the once-beaten Stratford Warriors. The two teams battled for 60 minutes to a 2-2 tie before a winner was found in the second overtime period. Curtis Abbott scored the game winner for the Warriors in three-on-three play to send the home crowd into a frenzy.

Early on it was the Hurricanes who took control when Anthony Mota scored just 5:33 into the game. That score would hold through first intermission.

In the second period it was Guelph who would see the advantage in offense, outshooting Brantford 12-7. Despite this it was the Warriors who would score next to tie the game at 1-1. The Hurricanes finally were rewarded late in the period when Mota scored his second of the game assisted by Tyler Harrison and Nathan George. It was the tenth goal of the season for Mota, currently tops among GOJHL goal scorers.

The game remained 2-1 for most of the third before a shorthanded goal scored by Kaleb Pearson tied things with under four minutes to play in regulation. Shots in the third ended with the Warriors, who did not play the previous night, outshooting Guelph 17-7.

Goaltender Jet Greaves took the loss despite making 37 saves in the game. Greaves was recently named Midwestern Goalie of the Month posting three shutouts and a 1.57 GAA and .949 save%.

Guelph Hurricanes (6-3-1-2) are back at Sleeman Centre next Saturday, October 14 facing the surging Elmira Sugar Kings. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 PM.

Stay up-to-date on all things Guelph Hurricanes by following on Twitter @GuelphCanes.

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