Bantam A has stellar weekend
It was hockey night in Minden last Friday when The Peppermill Highland Storm Bantam A team blew the Muskoka Rock out of town with a 7-0 win.
The scoring began near the end of the first period. Lucas Haedicke took the face off in the Rock’s end, rushed to the net and made an awesome pass to the open Austin French, he easily tapped it by the goalie. Early in the second, passes from Lucas Haedicke and Shawn Walker to Austin French, he got behind the Rock’s net and sneakily wrapped it around by the goalie, making it 2-0. Nigel Smith collected the puck from Tanner Crang and Braeden Vasey, during the Rock’s power play. He rushed in, found the opening for a short-handed goal.
The Storm continued to control the puck and the game.
Early in the third, a couple of passes came from Austin French and Nigel Smith, found Lucas Haedicke open in front of the Rock’s net. He easily chipped it by the goalie for goal four. Another rush, a shot by Nigel Smith, Zach Morissettepicked up the rebound and chipped it in for goal five. Next, it was Isaac Little, he got goal 6 with a hard slap shot from the point, assisted by Nigel Smith and Zach Morissette.
Braeden Robinson got the last goal with a nice shot from the hash marks, help from Austin French and Noah Black. An awesome shut-out for Jaxson Campbell.
The Pepper Mill Highland Storm Bantam A team crushed the Parry Sound Shamrocks 8-0, Saturday afternoon. Another shut-out win for the Storm and for goalie, Carson Sisson.
The Storm dominated the entire game, scoring three goals in the first period. James Alexander got the first goal during a battle in front of the net. Next, goal two came from a shot by Ben MacNaull from the point. Another battle in front of the net, this time Nigel Smith capitalized on it with a goal. Assists went to Zach Morissette, Lucas Haedicke and Nik Dollo. The Shamrocks stood a bit stronger in the second period, allowing only one goal. Tanner Crang drove to the net after a pass from Nik Dollo and got his own rebound,making it 4-0. The Storm picked up the momentum in the third, scoring 4 goals. It was Nigel Smith, James Alexander, Nik Dollo and Braeden Robinson that scored with help from Zach Morissette, Austin French, Shawn Walker, Isaac Little and Tanner Crang.
Sunday afternoon, the Pepper Mill Highland Storm Bantam A team shut-out the Parry Sound Shamrocks 5-0 in Minden. The Shamrocks held their defence as the Storm warmed up in the first period, which ended scoreless. Early in the second period, Owen Gilbert started the scoring with two goals, less than a minute apart. Helpful passes by Zach Morissette, James Alexander, Ben MacNaull and Noah Black. Zach Morissette got the next goal, assisted by Owen Gilbert and Isaac Little, ending the second period 3-0. The last two goals came late in the third period. Passes from Noah Black and Braeden Robinson fed Lucas Haedicke and he top cornered it for the fourth goal.
With barely a couple of seconds left in the game, scrambling in front of the Shamrocks net, Zach Morissette pushed in goal five, passes from Braeden Robinson and Nik Dollo.
By Suzanne Haedicke
Tough game for Atom Storm
The Emmerson Lumber Atom team had back to back games against the Huntsville Otters. Saturday the Atom team hosted the Huntsville Otters at the S.G Nesbitt Arena.
The Otters opened the scoring in the second period but the storm battled back with Austin Boylan scoring assisted by Evan Armstrong, Kyan Hall also scored in the second period assisted by Cooper Coles. The third period was just as exciting with Austin Boylan scoring another goal again assisted by Evan Armstrong. Although the storm battled hard they lost to the Otters 5-3. On Sunday the Emmerson Lumber Atom travelled to Huntsville to play the Otters. Austin Boylan scored the only goal for the storm assisted by Walker Nesbitt. The storm were defeated by the Otters 11-1.
Submitted by Amanda Tripp
Midgets defeat Parry Sound
The Dollo’s Foodland and Smolen’s Dentistry Highland Storm Midget A team were host to two games on a full three game weekend.
Friday Nov. 20 found them facing off against the Almaguin Ice Devils in Minden and the first period was a full speed, end to end, entertaining segment in which a sizzling slapshot by Jacob Haedicke found the home side up by one after one. Period two saw Almaguin tally two for a 2-1 lead and in the third Matt Manning, who had been a threat all night for the Highlanders, finally had his efforts rewarded with a tying marker midway through the third and the game ended at two.
Saturday afternoon, Nov. 21, the Storm hosted the league leading, Parry Sound Shamrocks for a home and home series starting in Minden. The Shamrocks came out flying, quickly netted 4 in the first and overpowered the locals for a 7-0 victory.
Sunday, Nov. 22, the Storm travelled to Parry Sound, home of the NHL great Bobby Orr, perhaps inspiration was in the air. The first period was an even affair with Parry Sound scoring first for a 1-0 lead going into the second. The second period produced great chances on both sides with the Highlanders tallying two, one by Jayden Wood and the other by Nolan Flood.
The third continued in a close checking contest and Wood gave the visitors a 3-1 lead with the home side quickly replying but still down by one with half the period left. The frustrated Shamrocks took multiple penalties in the last half of the third allowing the Storm to maintain their defensive edge and newcomer Payden Miscio scored an empty netter to give the Storm Midgets a 4-2 lead and their first regular season victory of the year!
Well done, and we look forward to continuing this trend with two home games this weekend, the first Friday night at 8:30 p.m. in Haliburton against the league leading Parry Sound Shamrocks and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Minden versus Almaguin.
Submitted by Dave and Katie Howe
Peewee AE Storm battles Rock
The Walker’s and Heating Haliburton Highlands Health Team Highland Storm Peewee AE travelled this past Saturday to Humphery for a doubleheader against the Muskoka Rock A team.
The Storm started fast with a few scoring chances but were denied by some nice saves from the Muskoka goalie.
Storm goaltender Nathan Miscio took up the challenge and only on a Rock power play was Miscio beaten to make it 1-0 after the first for the Rock.
The second period saw some smart defensive play by Cody Martin and Tim Turner but the Storm ran into some penalties that would cost them against the strong Rock power play.
At the end of the second, the Storm found themselves down by five. Bella Smolen made some nice saves in the third and Brendan Coumbs found the back of the net on a wrist shot to break the Rock shutout.
The Rock would take the opening game 6-1. Player of the game was goalie Bella Smolen.
The Storm wouldn’t let the results of Game 1 rest on their shoulders for very long. The team came out flying and had an amazing number of chances spending much of the first period in the Muskoka zone buzzing for the opening goal.
Nathan Miscio made some sharp saves when called upon to continue the goalie battle that was continuing from game one. The game would remain scoreless throughout the first period.
Things got a little rough in the second as both teams would begin to send a steady parade of players to the penalty box.
The Rock would take full advantage of their power play opportunities and turn three quick unanswered goals into a solid 9-0 Muskoka win. Player of the game was goalie Nathan Miscio.
Looking ahead, the team worked hard at practise last night in preparation for the Silver Stick Tournament starting this Saturday at the S.G. Nesbitt Arena in Minden.
Submitted by Gord Hoenow
Action-packed final leads to win for novice team
On Nov. 21 and 22 the Timber Mart Novice Highland Storm hosted the Walt McKechnie Tournament at the A.J LaRue arena.
Game one was against the Lindsay Muskies. It was a slow start for the Timber Mart Novice Highland Storm. The Lindsay Muskies scored the first goal and the Storm answered back with a goal from Graeme Armstrong. The Muskies started the second period with an early goal and again the Storm came back with a goal by Cheyenne Degeer. The Storm got the first goal in the third by Mak Prentice, however the Muskies scored two more making it 4-3 the final. It was a hard lose for the Storm.
The second game was against the Centre Hastings Grizzlies. It was an awesome win for the Timber Mart Novice Highland Storm. The Storm won 7-1 against the Centre Hastings Grizzlies. Goals were scored by Graeme Armstrong, Kadin Card, Isaac Lee, Mak Prentice, and Addison Carr.
Game three was against the Deep River Knights. The Timber Mart Novice Highland Storm lost 5-1. Goal scored by Cheyenne Degeer.
That put the Storm into the C finals against the Ennismore Eagles. It was an action-packed C final for the Timber Mart Novice Highland Storm. A big win of 9-7 against the Ennismore Eagles. Goals scored by Graeme Armstrong, Addison Carr, Mak Prentice, and Colby Coumbs.
Way to go Storm for being the C final champions.
On Saturday, Nov. 28 the Timber Mart Novice Highland Storm travel to Huntsville to verse the Huntsville Otters at 12:40 p.m.
Submitted by Amber Card
Girls Jets undefeated
The Bancroft I.D.A /Canadian Tire Midget B Girls Jets travelled to Lindsay Saturday to take on the improving, and always aggressive Lynx squad in an afternoon tilt.
It was Lynx Day, and the Lindsay Association had organized their annual day of girls’ hockey with all ages and divisions hosting a game to support the event. The Jets were flying from the opening face-off and midway through the first period Kelsey Maracle finished off a nice two-on-one pass from Sydney Feir, going top glove to open the scoring.
Less than a minute later, the Jets made the score 2-0 on the power play with Kenndal Marsden’s feed to Erin Kavanagh who fired a wrister past the Lynx tender. The Lynx capitalized on a defensive zone turnover making the score 2-1 late in the first period.
The Jets continued their pressure in the Lindsay end throughout the second period but could not find the twine.
Midway through the third period the Jets were able to solve the Lindsay net-minder as Kelsey Maracle’s pass sprung Kenndal Marsden in the neutral zone who split the Lynx defence and went forehand – backhand to make the score 3-1. Ella Hedley solidified the win, tucking in a 4-1 short-side tally late in the third period.
On Sunday afternoon, the Jets hosted the always tough Peterborough Ice Kats in Bancroft. Both clubs had scoring chances in the first period but solid net-minding by each tender kept the game scoreless after the first period. The Jets took a 1-0 lead on a power play tally midway through the second period.
Danielle Sunstrum tucked a short-side wrister past the Ice Kats goalie, capitalizing on Kenndal Marsden’s rebound after a defensive zone turnover. Peterborough evened the score at 1-1 late in the second period on a Jets’ defensive zone miscue, slipping a five hole shot into the net.
The Jets continued to pressure the Ice Kats and just seconds into the third period, Kenndal Marsden stuffed home her own rebound after a solid forecheck in the Ice Kat end. Both teams continued to pressure their opponents but neither squad could change the final score of 2-1. At the midway point in their league play of 22 games, the Jets remain undefeated with a record of 10-0-1. Keep up the improving team play and determined efforts, girls!
The Bancroft I.D.A/Canadian Tire Midget B Girls are on the road Friday night, Nov. 27 at 7:45 p.m. in Peterborough and Saturday afternoon, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. in Keene before returning to Bancroft for their next home game on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. when they host the Cold Creek Comets.
Submitted by Dan Marsden