Share with your Friends

Sparks stops 44 shots as the Storm down the Knights 4-1

Sunday, 09.30.2012 / 5:54 PM / News

The Canadian Press

Share with your Friends

Sparks stops 44 shots as the Storm down the Knights 4-1

LONDON, Ont. - Garret Sparks turned away 44-of-45 shots as the Guelph Storm defeated the host London Knights 4-1 on Sunday afternoon in Ontario Hockey League action.

After allowing an early goal, the 19-year-old stopped all 33 shots he faced in the final two periods and earned the game's first star.

Scott Kosmachuk scored twice for the Storm (2-2-0) while Zack Leslie and Tanner Richard each produced a goal and an assist.

Zack Mitchell set up two goals for Guelph, including what stood up to be the game winner.

Brett Welychka scored the lone goal for Knights (2-2-0), who have now dropped back-to-back games to West Division rivals.

Despite picking up the loss, Kevin Bailie made 30 saves and earned the game's second star.

Guelph failed to score on seven chances with the man advantage while London went 1-for-7.

Knights' forward Ryan Rupert picked up a total of 12 minutes in penalties, all in the first period, and a game misconduct for a checking-to-the-head infraction.

Quote of the Day

We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
World Cup of Hockey 2016