Life is good for Noah Carroll.
The former Guelph Storm defenceman had a goal and three assists against his old team Saturday as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds made it 20 wins in a row with a convincing 7-1 decision at the Sleeman Centre.
“I was on the other side of it in Guelph and now I’m just fortunate to be on this side of it,” said Carroll of his team’s status as the top junior team in Canada.
Carroll, who wears an ‘A’ for the Hounds, played 227 games in a Storm uniform before being traded for Liam Hawel midway through last season.
Hawel was a late scratch before Saturday's game with an undisclosed ailment.
“That’s the big thing with our team right now, everyone has confidence,” Carroll said of the winning streak.
“(Conor) Timmins and Boris (Katchouk) aren’t here right now (World Junior commitments), but we have faith in our group, all four lines, and we’re just having fun taking it game by game.”
Carroll’s four-point game was a career high.
“I’m not a point guy, I’m supposed to be defending,” he said with a laugh. “That’s always nice to get, but that’s not my game.”
Saturday’s game approached with a high degree of anticipation, but ended up being one of major disappointment for Storm fans.
A scoreless first period was fool’s gold, as the Hounds actually controlled most of the play and could have been up by a few.
That came in the middle period, when the visitors scored five goals to take control of the game on the scoreboard as well as on the ice.
“We played like we were in awe,” Storm coach George Burnett said.
“They were putting it to us all night long. They’re a patient, poised and experienced club. We lacked a lot of battle, we lacked a lot of things tonight.
“Clearly some big lessons were learned, and the video won’t be fun watching.”
Burnett expected a much better effort after a big win over Kingston the night before.
“It’s concerning. You can talk about all kinds of different things, but we didn’t look near as interested as we should look when you have an opportunity like we did here tonight.”
Guelph will try to enter the Christmas break on a winning note Sunday when they travel to Oshawa to take on the Generals in a 6 p.m. start.
Next home action at home Dec. 28 when Peterborough visits.