OHL: Combs' goal in double OT sends Saginaw past Guelph

The Canadian Press

3/22/2009 12:43:13 AM

Jack Combs found his way into the Saginaw Spirit record books on Saturday night.

Combs scored at 18:01 of the second overtime period to give the Spirit a 6-5 victory over the Guelph Storm in the longest game in Saginaw's history.

With the win, the Spirit take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven Ontario Hockey League conference quarter-final series against Guelph, which outshot Saginaw 74-53 in the series-opening marathon.

Combs' double-overtime winner was his second goal of the game. He also scored midway through the first period and assisted on Kyle Bochek's second-period marker, one of three goals in the period to help the Spirit build a 5-3 lead.

Brandon Buck scored for the Storm with three seconds remaining in the second to cut the deficit to one and Matt Kennedy scored his second goal of the game four minutes into the third to tie the game at 5-5.

Neither team could find the net in the first 20 minutes of overtime despite combining for 30 shots in the period - Guelph with 18 and Saginaw with 12.

Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: London 8, Erie 1; Sarnia 2, Plymouth 0; and Mississauga 7, Barrie 4.

At Saginaw, Mich., Bochek and Tyler Murovich both finished with a goal and an assist for the Spirit, while Jordan Szwarz and Jordan Skellett also scored.

Buck, Denis Hollenstein and Yves Bastien had a goal and an assist each for Guelph. Kennedy added an assist for a three-point night.

Edward Pasquale made 69 saves to earn the win, while Storm netminder Brandon Foote stopped 47 shots.

Knights 8, Otters 1

At London, Ont., Nazem Kadri scored a hat trick and added two assists as the Knights cruised to a commanding victory over Erie to take a 2-0 series lead.

John Tavares scored an early third-period goal to make it 4-1 and added an assist for London, which outshot the Otters 54-29, while Phil Varone had a goal and two assists and Scott Aarssen had a goal and an assist. Dominic DeSando and Justin Taylor also scored.

Shawn Szydlowski had the lone reply for Erie.

Sting 2, Whalers 0

At Plymouth, Mich., Dan Spence stopped 52 shots and assisted on Matt Martin's empty-net insurance marker as Sarnia stole game one against the Whalers.

Jamie Arneil gave the Sting the lead on a two-man advantage late in the first period and Spence made Arneil's marker stand up, surviving two goal posts by Plymouth forwards Tyler Seguin and Vern Cooper while making 19 third-period saves.

Whalers goaltender Matt Hackett finished the night with 31 saves.

Majors 7, Colts 4

At Barrie, Ont., Casey Cizikas and Jordan Mayer each scored twice to lead Mississauga over the Colts in game two.

Jared Gomes and Devante Smith-Pelly both had a goal and two assists for the Majors, who took a 2-0 series lead. Dustin Ekelman also scored.

Darren Archibald had a goal and an assist, while Josh Brittain, Colin Behenna and Taylor Carnevale added goals for Barrie.