Game 4: The Storm Strike Late; Rain On Whalers Celebration

Posted: October 6, 2012 in 2012-13, Game Blog, Postgame, Whalers

Guelph nets four goals in the third for the 5-4 victory Friday night. Photo:

The Whalers got to work early and did not look back… Until the third period that is, but starting off the scoring was Whalers d-man Gianluca Curcuruto 1:30 into the first. Justin Auger starts the scoring for the Storm and the game is tied at one less than halfway through the first. Then is comes Cody “Max” Payne. (Side note: The Whalers Twitter called him Max Payne instead of Cody Payne. Ladies and gentlemen, this nickname is sticking) Cody knock the puck into the net, but after going upstairs, the goal is overturned. Don’t worry, 24 seconds later Cody scores a goal that counts and gives the Whalers a 2-1 lead.

The second period was scoreless. The Guelph radio team commented on how the Rakell-Noesen-Wilson line were men against boys, basically playing keep away and keeping the puck in the zone. Which stayed true until the third. The Whalers started the third with 2:44 remaining on a 4:00 power play after Noesen received a high stick to the face. Nosen scored on the power play 2:22 into the third to give the Whalers a 3-1 lead.

Then the Storm started to roar back. As the third ticked on, goal after goal went past Mahalak to a point where Guelph took a 4-3 lead. Rakell would tally a goal to tie the game at four-a-side. The game looked like it was heading to OT when Justin Auger scores his third of the game with 4.4 remaining in the game giving the Storm a 5-4 win and ruining an attempt to give Whalers coach Mike Vellucci his 400th OHL win.

The Whalers head home to face the Niagara Ice Dogs at Compuware Arena and look to give Vellucci his 400th win on home ice.


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