Gazette sports editor
GUELPH - Stratford Cullitons didn’t get their three games in a stretch of four days started the way they had hoped.
Cullitons (11-10-3) were stunned 6-5 by the last-place Hurricanes in Midwestern Conference action here Thursday night.
Stratford opened the scoring, but Guelph led 3-1 after the first period. Cullitons fought back to tie it twice, 3-3 and 4-4 with just over eight minutes to play.
However, Hurricanes responded with two unassisted goals to take a 6-4 lead. The sixth Guelph goal came with just 2:30 left on the clock and it proved to be the winner.
The seventh-place Cullitons made it a one-goal game with 1:46 remaining when Jake Ryan connected, but that’s as close as the visitors would get.
Ryan Watson, captain Andrew Barton, Jared Culliton and Dylan Wettlaufer scored the other Stratford goals. Wettlaufer and Shane O’Brien chipped in two assists each. Ian Chan had two goals for the Hurricanes.
Rookie Joe Metzger took the net loss for Cullitons, who out-shot the home team 34-33.
Last-place Guelph (5-20) has won just five games, but Thursday’s victory extended its win streak to three games. Hurricanes had scored just two goals against Stratford in the first two meetings between the two teams--both Culliton victories.
Upcoming: Cullitons have two tough games this weekend. They host the second-place Cambridge Winterhawks tonight (Nov. 30) at the Allman Arena at 7:30 p.m., and then head to Listowel Sunday to play the Cyclones at 1:30 p.m.