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Guelph Storm shows some resilience in comeback win (9 photos)

Four goals in the third period gives the locals a 5-3 win over the London Knights
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Nico Daws held them in it and the Guelph Storm found their mojo in the third period Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.

Guelph scored four times in the third period Friday at the Sleeman Centre in a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the first place London Knights.

The winner came off the stick of Cam Hillis, a wrist shot that didn't quite go where it was supposed to but found a way to sneak under the arm of London goaltender Dylan Myskiw.

"I tried to pick a corner but it just went off my stick and I'm kind of lucky it went in," said Hillis of the game winner, which came with 50 seconds left in regulation.

"There was a lot of ups and downs in the game ... but I like the way we responded," Hillis said.

As for Daws holding the team in the game, Hillis said the team has to help their goaltender out a bit more to take some of the pressure off him.

"We were in a hole about a month ago and we found our way out of it, which is character building and I think our team is a lot better because of it," the Storm captain said of a 10-game losing streak.

"We know we've got a good team in that room and we just want to keep building down the stretch here."

Guelph entered the third period trailing 2-1 but still in the contest thanks to the usual solid netminding of Nico Daw.

They tied it and took a 3-2 lead on goals 50 seconds apart by Pavel Gogolev, on a breakaway, and Matt Papais, a wrister through a crowd from the high slot.

After London defenceman Alex Regula tied the game with his third of the contest, Hillis sent the crowd of 4,854 home happy with the game winner.

Eric Uba iced it with an empty netter, his second goal of the game.

"There's been a lot of different ways (the team has won) for sure," Storm coach George Burnett said.

"I didn't think our first 40 minutes tonight was terrific in any way and yet it was a one-goal hockey game. We got a big effort tonight from Dawsy, which we're becoming used to.

"It's positive. It's important. Teams are so close and we're trying to nibble away at that group ahead of us in the standings, but we've got some work to do," Burnett said.

The win leaves Guelph in sixth place in the Western Conference, four points back of fifth-place Windsor and six points up on seventh-place Owen Sound.

Guelph lost forward Cedric Ralph in the second period with an upper body injury and he's day-to-day, said Burnett.

Cooper Walker (charley horse) is a week away from returning.

Jacob Roach (lower body) didn't dress and won't play Sunday when the Storm hosts the Niagara IceDogs at 2 p.m.



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