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Three wins by the London Knights.

Three wins by the Guelph Storm.

One game left to decide a winner in their Western Conference semi-final series.

The Storm survived for the third game in a row with a 5-3 victory over the Knights on Saturday at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph.

Two goals in the final three minutes of the second period turned a one-goal London lead into a one-goal Storm advantage and Guelph managed to hold serve the rest of the way.

London came out with a strong push to start the third, but Domenico Commisso took away some of that early momentum when he scored a third straight goal for the Storm. The Knights outshot Guelph 17-10 in the final period.

Adam Boqvist scored seven seconds into London’s only power play of the night for his league-leading 10th goal of the playoffs, but for the second night in a row, Nick Suzuki iced the game with an empty-netter. Suzuki recorded his third consecutive multi-point game with a goal and two assists.

The teams will meet Tuesday in a Game 7 in a winner-take-all to advance to the Western Conference finals.

The goals

Liam Foudy opened the scoring with a well-placed shot through a bit of a screen as he stick-handled across the Guelph blue-line and put the puck low to the glove-side on Anthony Popovich. The goal came 3:30 into the first period.

Londoner Isaac Ratcliffe tied the game 7:01 into the second period as he used his deft hands at the side of the net to grab a puck and slice it over Jordan Kooy of the Knights to make it 1-1.

Joey Keane went ’round and around the Guelph zone, carrying the puck through a revolution and a half before chipping it across the high slot to Billy Moskal, who stepped into a slap-shot that went high over the shoulder of Popovich and restored a one-goal London lead.

Once again, Guelph tied the game as veteran Storm defenceman Jack Hanley wristed a puck at the net where it hit a body in front and went in.

Before the horn could end the second period, Guelph took a 3-2 lead as Sean Durzi cruised into the slot, took a pass from behind the net from Nick Suzuki and fired a shot high and past the outstretched glove of Kooy. The goal came with 18 seconds to go.

Domenico Commisso snapped a shot off the post, off of Kooy and in just 1:50 into the third period to extend the Storm lead to 4-2.

Adam Boqvist scored right off a face-off on a London power play at 5:09 on a wrister from the top of the right circle that made it 4-3.

Suzuki scored into an empty net on a shot from just outside the Guelph blue line to complete the 5-3 score with 1:37 remaining in the game.

Up next

Game 7 between the Knights and the Storm on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Budweiser Gardens.

The puck will drop just after 7 p.m. and you will be able to hear the game beginning at 6:30 with the pre-game show on 980 CFPL, at and on the Radioplayer Canada app.

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