Hurricanes drop a pair to red-hot Sugar Kings

It was a rough weekend for the Guelph Hurricanes, who dropped both games of a home-and-home series with the Elmira Sugar Kings. Guelph (6-5-1-2) currently sit in third place of the GOJHL Midwestern standing with 15 points.

The weekend series began at the Sleeman Centre on Saturday with the visitors earning a 4-1 decision. Cameron Stokes scored the lone goal for Guelph while Trenton McGrail (25 saves) took the loss.

Sunday the teams traveled to Elmira for a matinee with the result ending similar to the previous night. Elmira scored twice in the opening ten minutes on their way to an 8-3 victory.

Despite being outshot 20-6 in the first period the Hurricanes found themselves trailing by just a goal at intermission thanks to a Anthony Mota goal at 16:21. Stokes and Ryan Takamatsu assisted on the goal.

Elmira would make it 3-1 with a powerplay goal at the midway point of the second, but a second Mota tally (assists from Stokes and Tyler Harrison) would see Guelph again within one.

At this point the Sugar Kings, winners of six of their last seven games, took command of the game scoring the next four goals to lead 7-2. Stokes would finish a four-point weekend with a late third goal before Elmira ended with one more in the final minute.

Guelph are back in action next weekend first on the road Friday at Listowel Cyclones. Sunday afternoon the Hurricanes will host the second game of the season against their local rival Kitchener Dutchmen. Game time at Sleeman Centre is scheduled for 2 PM.

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