Peewee As tournament champs 0
Highland Storm Peewee As emerged the Campbellford A champions at a tournament Dec. 4. PHOTO SUBMITTED BY KARENA CROFTS
It seems that most of the Highland Storm teams had a busy weekend of hockey. Dr. Ed Smolen's, Family Dentistry Peewee As travelled to Campbellford Saturday to participate in their tournament, it was an early morning for all. Our first game was at 10 a.m. against the Prince Edward County Kings and was a good game for the Storm with a win of 5-1. Four of the five goals went to Matt Wilbee and the fifth to Chase Burden. Assists to Jake Bishop, Chris Thompson (2), Josh Boice, Greg Crofts, Devyn Prentice, Max MacNaull, Mark Saville and Jake Bull.
It was a long wait for the next game at 3 p.m. but a short wait to find out it would be against one our local rivals the Bracebridge Bears. Having finally beaten them our last regular season game we knew this one would be hard fought. Another good game with fans anxious about the outcome.
The Storm came out with a win of 3-1, the first by Jake Bull assisted by Matt Wilbee and Ethan Keefer. The second goal also in the first period by Matt Wilbee assisted by Greg Crofts and Ethan Keefer. There were no Storm goals in the second period and in the third an empty netter, unassisted by Greg Crofts to close the game with a win of 3-1, moving the Storm onto the finals at 7 p.m.
The Storm was matched up with their tournament rivals, Centre Hastings Grizzlies, having met in the finals of the last two tournaments the Storm was in and having lost to them both times we knew this was going to be an intense game and that is was. The boys came out with purpose all on the same page to win this game. It was an exciting game but the Grizzlies were about to lose their first game of the season and the Storm was about to become the Campbellford A Champions with a 3-2 win! Goals went to Andrew Hall assisted by Chase Burden and Chris Thompson, Chris Thompson assisted by Jake Bishop and Andrew Hall and the last goal Mark Saville assisted by Chase Burden and Andrew Hall. Chase Burden was voted MVP of this game.Congradtulations to our boys.
After the long and eventful day on Saturday the Storm boys returned to the ice in Minden on Sunday for a game against the Almaguin Ice Devils which proved to be a slightly harder game then the last, maybe the boys had a bit of "hockey lag" from the tournament the day before or the Ice Devils were tired of losing. Josh Boice opened up the first period and the second, getting a natural hat trick, (two goals in the first and 1 the beginning of the second), obviously he was certainly on his game. Josh's goals were assisted by Chase Burden (2), Max MacNaull (2) and Ethan Keefer. The third goal in the second period was by Chris Thompson assisted by Devyn Prentice and Josh Boice.
The Ice Devils attempted to battle back but the Storm would not see and in the third period scored two more goals for a 6-0 win and a shut out for goalie Parker Smolen. The third period goals went to Max MacNaull assisted by Devyn Prentice and Chase Burden, Chris Thompson assisted by Matt Wilbee and Josh Boice. Also a shout out to the Atom AEs for being Silver Stick Champions and to the Peewee AEs for being Silverstick Finalists.
Submitted by Karena Crofts
Victory for Atom AE
The Highland Storm Atom AE team skated to an easy 8-0 win in Gravenhurst on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Goalie Jaxson Campbell stopped anything that managed to get past the strong Storm defence. Jake O'Neill earned a three-goal hat trick while Nigel Smith scored two goals and James Alexander, Denver Allore and Braden Robinson scored one each.
Submitted by Larry Bukta
Bantam AEs face Gravenhurst
The Highland Storm Bantam AEs sponsored by Dave's Landscaping and McKee Security hosted the Gravenhurst Flames Sunday night in Minden. The Flames had passed the Storm when they played them earlier in the season so they were perhaps looking forward to another easy win.
The Storm, on the other hand, were riding high after beating a strong Port Carling team a week earlier and felt better prepared for a powerful opponent.
The Storm came out strong and attacked the Flames hard right from the outset. They were well organized in their own zone and passed the puck well when they had possession. Kyle Lavergne opened the scoring for the Storm when he was sent away on a partial breakaway.
He beat the defender to the outside and put in a nice backhand shot. Hunter Bishop and Caleb Schmidt drew the assists. The Flames scored in the second and the two teams went into the intermission tied 1-1.
Both teams played well defensively with a minimum of chances given to either side. The match was hotly contested as the Gravenhurst team grew increasingly frustrated with the tight checking Storm. A power play goal at 12:08 of the third period gave the Flames the lead and they scored again at 10:20 to go up by two. The Storm fought back hard but could not connect on any of their chances. Goalkeeper Austin McKay had a strong showing in the loss.
Submitted by Doug Sullivan
Storm keep Otters at bay
The Atom As played a good game against the Huntsville Otters on Sunday, with some good skating to keep the puck out of our end throughout the game.
With the only goal scored by us didn't come until the third period, unassisted by Lucas Haedicke, he managed to break through the Otters and deke out the goalie and score a beauty.
With some good saves at the right time by, Carson Sisson, we managed to keep the score at a tie 1-1.
Great game boys, keep up the good work.
Submitted by Joanne Sisson