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Battalion - Storm game 3 LIVE BLOG

Tuesday, May 06, 2014   by: Jeff Turl

Mitchell at 19:30....then 20 seconds later McGinn at 19:48 gets the winner. going to the post game presser...thanks for tuning in. Story right here when I get back. goodnight.

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Storm win....yikes, what a finish.....Game 4 tomorrowe at 7 at the gardens. Storm lead best of 7 series 2-1Fans cheering Troops...what a tough loss.

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score again...4-3 Guelph....wow, what a sstunner. Breakdown in Troops defence.

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:58 left........Storm score with just :29 left....gamew tied...looks like Ebert.

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Nichols out....Troops score!!!!! Wait a minute, called offside. Still 3-2.

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Time out Guelph......hang on folks.......Nichols still in.....

Here we go....2 minutes left....when will Nichols leave the net?  1:54 left.

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Praplan a blistering shot off Nichols shoulder....4:30 left ...3-2 Troops. Fans slow chanting Nichols name

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Great chances at both ends as Storm thrfowing all they've got....Smith down....open net....he smothers puck.......41 shots not fired at smith. media pick the 3 stars....mine #1 goes to Smith for sure.

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Hope I don't have a heart condition....what a rollercoaster game of emotion....6:50 left.

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Crowd chanting to urge Troops on...can't afford any more penalties...Storm good at getting guys in front of net....oh did that hit the crossbar...Smith cartwheels...can't believe it. WOW!  Goodrow in alone...off the post!

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If you xsee Jake smith on the street, shake his hand...shots 36-17 for storm but smith has been solid. Mid period break.

Blujusd from McKenzie at 9:03..Battalion pushing hard....3-2....9:00 left in third. what a game!!!!

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Fabbri the goal....Troops Score!!!!!!!!!! 3-2 North Bay.

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Paul and Goodrow....2 0n 1.....Goodrow can't handle puck.....Miller a shot....puck loose....quick whistle. Bad break for Troops. 11:30 left in reg time.

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Storm buzzing all around....pont shot deflected past Smith....storm score...on PP...2-2.

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macLeod a roughing penalty ...Storm on PP. crowd upset as it feels Gue getting away with murder.

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Mitchell a hard shot from the slot, again Smith is there. sog 29-14

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Goodrow with his goal tonight has 23 points in 20 games to lead the team. Fans calling for penalties as Storm lays the body on NB. 16:30 to go, 2-1 Troops.

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Game on...Storm on the attack again. thomson 1 on 1 Nichols the save.

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2-1 Troops....ready to start the 3rd...Troops dodged a bulletr last period for sure.

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Went for a coffee...thanks for hanging in....5 minutes to start.

to recap 2nd....Guelph Bertuzz, his 9th,i from Pierog & Suter at 8:58, then Goodrow, his 13th from Blujus and McIvor at 16:07.

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Rychel fires one just over top of the net....Smith has been huge for Troops,,,what else is new? Should be MVP if Troops win series.

End of 2nd period....2-1 Battalion...sog 27-11 Guelph.

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Goal by Goodrow from Blujus and McIvor at 16:07....2-1 Troops with 1:45 left in 2nd.

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PP for Troops...Horvat 2 for roughing after a skirmish in front of the Troops net. Crowd back to chanting trying to ramp the team up. Troops score on PP!!!!!!

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Praplan tips one just wide....best chance of period....back doown....greeat save by smith off McGinn.

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Refs letting them play...no penalties this period so far.

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Storm beating Troops to the puck. goal has quieted crowd. wood a point shot deflected just wide....Storm dominating.

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Midway of game-period...sog 17-8.

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Action has picked up...back and forth...Storm score on a 3 on 2......tied at 1-1.at 8:58.......on 17th shot. \Looks like Bertuzzi...his 9th.

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what a pleasure watching Goodrow.....loses puck, fights back and gets a shot....lots of pressure by Goodrow and Paul.....nice work.

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Bertuzzi again...glove save by Smith....still 1-0, but storm coming on strong again. 15:33 remaining in period. This period has a much slower pace than first....more whistles.

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Puck deflects into Troops bench and hits MacLeod...tosses it to a fan

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last 2 games, team that scored first, lost....let's hope history doesn't repeat. Big smith save on Bertuzzi. shots 13-6.

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Teams back on ice....hang on, here we go for period 2.

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1st period over. sog 12-6 Storm....but 1-0 on scoreboard for Troops.As predicted Storm came out strong but NB bent didn't break and took advantage of a break to score. Matt Santos from Brenden Miller at 14:01. Scoring chances much in Gue favour however. What a player that Rychel is. Dominant that period. Sarge tossing T-shirts into the crowd as we await the Zambonis'

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Game getting much rougher...lots of big hits now. Battaliuon seem to have found their legs. Smith stops another attempted jam in. 1 minute left.

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Good looking PP by Gue but smith up to the task...sog 11-4 Storm. Miller sent head first into boards by dickenson.....Miller limps to the bench.Penalty over.

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Matt Santos from Miller...1-0 NB, Penalty to McIvor.

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McGinn tries to jam it in pat Smith's toe and the post. Trioops Score!!!!!!!!!!!

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Oh oh....penalty to Henriksson.....but balanced by Finn of Storm. 4 0 4 hockey. Another Storm penalty as Smith roughed up by Mitchell for roughing....also gone is Troops Ben Thomson....4 on 3 PP for Troops.

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Fight between Goodrow and Rychel after Rychel snows Smith.Both get 5 for fighting.

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Storm D doing a lot of pinching in. Mid period break with 9:54 to go. Shots 7-2. One guy here is wearing a helmet with a large toy tank on top:) Crowd seems a little nervous.

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Storm's Tyler Bertuzzi is the nephew of NHLer Todd of the Red Wings.

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Shots reflect play...7-1....Guelph has come to play. 7:13 left in the first.  tied 0-0

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Storm very aggressive as expected.....shots 6-1 so Troops are on their heels a bit. Storm strategy clear...get shots to the net.Paul just misses on a backhand.kerby Rychel, son of former NHL Warren has been very good so far...some quality chances.

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Giveaway by Blujus....another close call. First shot by troops Connor Jarvis after 3:30

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Couple of huge saves by Smith....Storm on doorstep, that was close as Kerby Rychel had a real chance to score....Smith being tested early as shots 3-0 Storm

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Nice job on the anthem by Lisa Benoit, with big crowd assist. Refs tonight....Sean Reid and Scott Oakman.....Troops win faceoff.  7:08

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Ready for the anthem......great sing along by the crowd....they are pumped.....shouting Go Troops Go.

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Sarge is out......refs are out...here come the Troops!!!!!!!! standing ovation....crowd is a sea of waving white towels.

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Starting lineup...Ben Thomson - Nick Paul - Barclay Goodrow.,,, Vincent Praplan - Mike Amadio - Matt MacLeod,,,, Connor Jarvis - Jamie Lewis -  Matt Santos...Zach Bratina - Brett McKenzie - Alex Henriksson.

On defence...Brenden Miller - Kyle Wood,,,Dylan Blujus - Marcus McIvor,,,Miles Liberati - Riley Bruce.

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Warmup over...15 minutes to game time. Zamboni drivers both sporting dyed green Mohawk haircuts....way to get in the spirit boys!!!

Scrathes for NB...Ean cormier, Kyle Locke, Shawn Tessier, Mike Baird (suspension), Jared Steege and Calvin Gomes. For Guelph, Adam Craievich, Mare Stevens and Garrett McFadden.

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6:30 and both teams are on the ice, the Troops in their hoime greens and the Storm in white. Half the team stretching while the other half skates circles and takes shots...Jake Smith starting in goal for NB as he has for every game of the playoffs.

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Interesting to note is the Cogeco TV crew has a sound meter to measure how loud the crowd gets. It's courtesy of Dana Murphy of Nipissing University's Northern Centre for Research on Aging and Communication. i'll be checking with them during the intermissions.

Press box is packed with media, including a fair numbner fro0m Guelph. Both teams are in the hall waiting for the warmup session. this should be quite a game. Troops will try to weather the fist 10 minutes of an expected high octane Storm attact and not allow a first goal that will take the crowd out, which is exactly what Guelph will try to do

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Tailgate party is in full swing...lots of people, live band, Robertson Cup and plenty of beer, hotdogs and sunshine. Mood in the rink is very upbeat....sellout of course as are games 4 and 6. Never seen this in all my many years in the Bay. Even the Cents didn't sell out three games in advance. The team has placed white towels on all the seats for fans to wave. Should be quite a sight.

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Good evening and welcome to game 3 of the OHL championship series between the North Bay Battalion and Guelph Storm.

SXeries is tied 1-1. Puck drop about 45 minutes from now.

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