What's the fun if it's not a challenge?
For the third time in as many OHL post-season series, Oilers D prospect Dmitri Samorukov and the Guelph Storm waited until their backs were against the wall to turn up the heat. After going down 3-0 in their second-round series vs. the London Knights, they went on to rattle off four-straight to move on. Down 3-1 in their OHL Eastern Conference Final vs. the Saginaw Spirit? No worries, they'd go on to force Game 7 and finish it off.
Bring on the Ottawa 67's and a chance at the OHL Championship. Guelph quickly found themselves down 2-0 in the series. The 67's had not lost a game en route to their appearance in the Championship series. Enter the Storm in Game 3 and a subsequent four straight victories to capture the OHL title on Sunday afternoon in dramatic fashion; perhaps the way they prefer it.
And it was Oilers defensive prospect Samorukov who continued to shine when it mattered most, tallying two goals and adding two helpers in the 8-3 Game 6 victory that would lift Guelph to their first J. Ross Robertson Cup since 2014 and fourth in franchise history as winners of the OHL playoffs.
The Russian rearguard and 84th overall pick from the 2017 NHL Draft would finish the post-season with ten goals, 18 assists and 28 points in 24 games, going +18 in the process to finish atop all OHL defenceman in playoff scoring.
Next up will be the franchise's sixth trip to the Memorial Cup Tournament. The Storm will open up their tournament schedule in Halifax with a meeting against the QMJHL Champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Saturday, May 18.