Already 18 games into the GOJHL season the Guelph Hurricanes (6-9-1-2) are nearing a critical time. With a struggling offense the team dropped a pair of games this weekend to division rivals.
Winless in their last seven games the Hurricanes have fallen to sixth place in the Midwestern Conference and 13 points back of first place Listowel Cyclones, who they hosted on Sunday. After giving up three first period goals the Hurricanes would eventually fall 4-0.
Goaltender Trenton McGrail took the loss giving up all four goals in 46 minutes played. He was relieved by Jet Greaves who stopped all nine shots he faced.
Beginning the weekend action on the road, Guelph faced the second place Stratford Warriors on Friday night. Bradley Smith got things going for the Hurricanes scoring the only goal of the opening period. Stratford would control play in the second though scoring twice to lead at intermission 2-1.
Guelph would battle in the third outshooting the home team 11-9 in the third, but the Warriors would add another pair (one an empty net goal) on their way to a 4-2 victory. Alexander Trenton scored in the final minute for the Hurricanes with an assist to Smith.
Shots in the game ended with both teams at 31. Greaves stopped 27 of 30 shots in a losing effort.
Opportunity for payback and ending the winless streak will come next week when Guelph will host Stratford twice at Sleeman Centre. The first matchup is on Thursday night before the teams meet again on Sunday, November 5 at 2 PM.
The Hurricanes have made some recent roster transactions including saying goodbye to one of their leaders. Cameron Stokes requested a trade to be closer to home and a new place of employment and was moved to the Paris Mounties. Stokes played 177 games over three-plus seasons with Guelph tallying 55 goals and 89 assists.
Guelph also sent 20-year old veteran Adel Zivojevic to their PJHL affiliate Walkerton Hawks. Zivojevic scored a goal and assisted on two others in his Hawks debut on October 20.
New acquisitions include local Seamus Mooney and Myles Cook, both who have Junior A experience.
— Guelph Hurricanes (@GuelphCanes) October 27, 2017