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Late goal lifts Storm over Spitfires

Guelph will host Saginaw Friday and London Sunday

WINDSOR - Alexey Toropchenko scored on a breakaway with 3:53 left in the third period to lift the Guelph Storm to a 4-3 win in Windsor on Thursday.

The win leaves Guelph in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Western Conference standings with Saginaw and London.

Guelph hosts Saginaw Friday night and London on Sunday.

Toropchenko took a long pass from Garrett McFadden then wristed one to the top corner past Windsor netminder Mike DiPietro.

The Spitfires' Luke Boko opened the scoring, but goals by Liam Hawel and Nate Schnarr, the latter on the power play, had Guelph up 2-1 after the first period.

James McEwan's goal early in the second period made it 3-1, but the Spitfires got goals from Chris Playfair and Jake Smith to tie the game by the end of the second period.

Schnarr picked up two assists for the Storm, as did Tag Bertuzzi in what was his first multi-point game in the OHL.

The Spitfires outshot Guelph 30-25, with Anthony Popovich earning the win in the Guelph net.