KITCHENER - Dmitri Samorukov strolled out of the Guelph Storm dressing room Sunday afternoon wearing a pair of mirrored sunglasses.
They weren't a fashion statement. Rather they shielded his tender eye from the light and shielded the rest of the world from a blood-red eyeball surrounded by black and yellow bruising and 10 stitches along the eyebrow.
Oh yeah, his nose appears to be broken too, all courtesy of hitting the ice face first last Tuesday in London after a head check from the Knights' Will Lochead, who received a four game suspension.
The Guelph Storm defenceman was back on the ice against the Erie Otters 24 hours later.
Sunday he capped off his week with three assists as the Storm thumped the Kitchener Rangers 8-4 at The Aud.
"I think so," he said when asked if his nose was broken, "nobody said anything. But it doesn't feel too bad."
You would think 10 stitches and a broken nose might be enough to get a pass on a game the next night.
But Samorukov didn't think twice about being in the lineup.
"Why not? We only have seven games left before the playoffs and I like to play hockey right? so I just want to help the team," Samorukov said.
Despite his three points, he wasn't too thrilled with his game Sunday against Kitchener.
"It's a good thing we won today, but I wasn't really happy with my game," he said.
The painful week continued for the big Russian. Next up, Samorukov will be having his wisdom teeth removed on Monday.
Storm coach George Burnett has nothing but praise for Samorukov.
"I think he likes it a little bit too when he's banged up. He plays through it. He plays the game hard every night," Burnett said.
"He's certainly a guy we count on to play the game the right way every night. He's not easy to play against and he's certainly got a bright future ahead of him."
It was the Suzuki, Schnarr and Samorukov show in Kitchener on Sunday.
If your name began with the letter 'S," you had a big game for the Storm Sunday.
Nick Suzuki had six points, Nate Schnarr five and Dmitri Samorukov three as the Storm won its seventh in a row.
Suzuki had six points before the midway point of the second period before the Storm shifted into cruise control for the rest of the game. The team record for most points in a game is seven, belonging to Tyler Bertuzzi.
"I've had one against London last season," said the sizzling hot Suzuki, who has 23 points in his last eight games.
"We're really playing well as a line right now. It takes a bit of time to get that chemistry but we're getting there," he said of the line of himself, Schnarr and Isaac Ratcliffe, who saw his six-game goalscoring streak snapped Sunday.
"It's nice to get a bunch of goals, but we earned them the right way. We earned everything tonight through our battle and compete and we just have to keep that up," Suzuki said.
Guelph has six regular season games remaining. Next up is Saginaw at home on Friday.