Hurricanes offense struggles in pair of losses

After a strong start to the GOJHL season the Guelph Hurricanes have struggled as of late and this weekend was no exception. Guelph would drop a pair of games to extend their losing streak to five (one loss was in overtime).

On Friday the Hurricanes traveled to Listowel and face the conference leading Cyclones. With a disastrous start Guelph and goaltender Jet Greaves gave up four goals in the opening period followed by an early second period goal to make it 5-0. Backup Trenton McGrail did come in giving up just one goal in the final 35 minutes, but Guelph lost 6-0.

With a day off the Hurricanes would return to action at Sleeman Centre on Sunday afternoon hosting their rival Kitchener Dutchmen. Early on things did not look good as Kitchener would take a 1-0 lead just 1:06 into the game, but the home team would bounce back.

At 14:14 of the first Ryan George (assists to Ryan Sparkes and Nicholas Bird) would tie the game 1-1. Then just :42 later Guelph would take the lead on a goal scored by Tyler Harrison. The score would remain 2-1 at first intermission.

Despite outshooting the visitors 15-8 in the second period it was Kitchener who would net the only goal of the frame. Jake Burton then gave the Dutchmen a 3-2 lead at 4:05 of the third period. Guelph would pull their goaltender in the final minute, but could not find a third. Kitchener would add an empty net goal to make the final score 4-2.

 

Greaves would stop 25 of 28 shots in a losing effort for the Hurricanes (6-7-1-2) who have now slipped below .500 and seven points back of the Listowel Cyclones (11-3-0-0).

Guelph will look to get back on track next weekend starting on Friday with a game at Stratford. The Hurricanes and Listowel will then clash on Saturday at Sleeman Centre.

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