Canes offense sputters in pair of losses

Victories have been few the past few weeks for the Guelph Hurricanes as the team has struggled on both ends of the ice. Last weekend it was the offense that was lacking as the team dropped a pair of games, their fourth-straight loss, 12 of their past 13 games. Only Buffalo (37 in 22 games) has scored fewer goals than the Hurricanes 51.

Friday night the Hurricanes took to the road facing GOJHL Midwestern Conference leaders Listowel Cyclones. The host were unkind this game after seeing their eight-game win streak snapped the previous game against Stratford. Three different goal scorers had Listowel in front before Guelph were able to get on the scoreboard.

Ryan Sparkes (with an assist from Mason Sinkeldam) seventh goal of the season at 6:47 of the second period got the visitors back in the game, but momentum would swing less than two minutes later when the Cyclones scored to make it 4-1. Hurricane forward Liam Buckley would score near the end of the period to make the final 5-2.

The following night the team returned to Sleeman Centre as the Highway 7 rivalry renewed with the Kitchener Dutchmen visiting for the third time this season. In a game that featured little offense from either team, Kitchener outshot Guelph 29-21, it was the Dutchmen who skated away with a 2-1 victory.

After a scoreless opening 19 minutes Kitchener would take a 1-0 advantage into the locker room when Kole Scott found the net with just :27 remaining in the frame. The Hurricanes managed just five shots on net in the period while goaltender Trenton McGrail made 11 saves.

The second period played out similar to the first before Sinkeldam would tie the game 1-1 at 18:26. As the third period slowly played out it was a shorthanded goal by Liam Hurley that would be the game winner.

 

Next weekend the Hurricanes (7-13-1-3) are back at Sleeman hosting Brampton Bombers on Saturday night. Guelph will travel the next afternoon to Waterloo and face the Siskins.

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