For the first time this season the Guelph Hurricanes have won back-to-back games. After a 2-0-1-0 start back in September the Hurricanes have struggled with consistency, battling injuries and player movement. With just one month remaining in the GOJHL regular season the team has finally finding a groove, taking five points in their past three games.
Coming off a 2-1 road victory over Kitchener on Sunday the Hurricanes returned home to play the Brantford 99ers in a game that was previously postponed due to weather. The visitors scored early on the powerplay then again late in the opening period to take a 2-0 advantage. It could have been a larger margin without the efforts of Canes goaltender Jet Greaves who face 20 shots in the first frame.
After intermission it did not take Guelph long to get on the scoreboard as Connor LePage found the back of the net at 1:08. The teams would play out the remainder of the second period with the score remaining 2-1 in favor of Brantford.
At :41 of the third the game was tied when Keenan Stewart scored on the powerplay with assists from Payton McLeish and Anthony Mota. It would remain tied 2-2 after 60 minutes with both teams earning a point in the standings.
Keanan Stewart scores in the opening minute of the third to tie the game 2-2! McLeish and Mota with assists. #GOJHL
— Guelph Hurricanes (@GuelphCanes) January 31, 2018
Neither team would score in the first five-minute overtime so a three-on-three period followed. There it would take 1:39 before Brett Hunter scored the game winner assisted by Bradley Smith and Aiden Matekovic. Greaves finished with 44 saves to earn the victory in net.
Guelph (11-24-1-5) are in action again Friday traveling to Listowel to face the Midwestern Conference leading Cyclones. On Saturday night the 99ers return to Sleeman Centre for the rematch.
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