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Dickinson scores in overtime to lift Storm over Battalion 3-2 in OHL final

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 10:04 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Dickinson scores in overtime to lift Storm over Battalion 3-2 in OHL final

GUELPH, Ont. - Jason Dickinson's goal 57 seconds into overtime gave the Guelph Storm a 3-2 win over the North Bay Battalion in the opening game of the Ontario Hockey League final on Thursday.

Brock McGinn and Zack Mitchell scored for the Storm in regulation, while Justin Nichols turned aside 32 of 34 shots.

Ben Thomson and Jamie Lewis replied with goals for the Battalion and Jake Smith made 27 saves.

After a scoreless first period — which saw North Bay outshot 16-6 — the Battalion attacked early in the second as Thomson snapped a rebound past Nichols on the power play.

Guelph's McGinn responded a minute later to tie the game 1-1 on a shot from the high slot at 4:07 of the second frame.

The Battalion regained the lead 3:35 into the third, as Lewis' wrist shot from the faceoff circle found the top corner past Nichols.

But Guelph came back to tie the game once again on their second shot of the third period.

Robby Fabbri found Mitchell cruising over the blue-line and he ripped a wrist shot over Smith for his 11th goal of the playoffs at 12:23. With the goal, Mitchell moved ahead of teammate Kerby Rychel into first place in playoff points with 24.

Dickinson ended the game on Guelph's first shot of the extra period, wristing a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle over Smith's glove.

The Battalion allowed only 13 shots over the final 40 minutes.

Guelph was 0-for-4 on the power play, while North Bay was 1-for-2 with the man advantage.

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