EDMONTON, AB - The Storm are surging in their OHL second-round playoff series as Guelph, featuring Oilers prospect Dmitri Samorukov, has won three in a row against the London Knights, featuring 2018 first-rounder Evan Bouchard, to force a Game 7.
After the Knights marched to victories in the first three matchups of the series, the Storm stayed alive on three separate occasions including Saturday night's 5-3 decision at Sleeman Centre in Guelph to force a deciding game coming up on Tuesday in London.
Samorukov was held off the scoresheet in the win but the blueliner was +2 on the night. He's tied for the team lead in scoring among Storm defenders during the 2019 post-season with three goals and six assists in 10 games.
Bouchard, meanwhile, picked up a power-play assist for the Knights in the loss and is still leading the entire OHL in playoff scoring with four goals and 16 assists in 10 games.
Elsewhere in OHL playoff action on Saturday, the Oshawa Generals won their third straight game over the Niagara IceDogs 3-1 to take a 3-2 series lead. They could advance to the next round with a win in Game 6 on Monday.
A bright spot for the IceDogs was Oilers forward prospect Kirill Maksimov making his 2019 playoff debut after missing their first nine games with an injury. Maksimov scored 40 goals and 39 assists in 63 games during the regular season.