Bantam A pull off comeback against Otters
The Highland Storm Pepper Mill Steak and Pasta House Dollo’s Foodland Bantam A faced off against rival Huntsville Otters Friday at S.G. Nesbitt Arena in Minden. The scoreless first period saw some good action and some particularly nice saves by Storm goalie Ben Landry including one reaching behind to smother the puck just before it crossed the goal line. Huntsville scored the game’s first goal on a screen shot and jumped up by two 90 seconds later. Tyson Clements put the locals on the scoreboard after some hard work by Tim Turner and Hunter Arnott in the corner put Clements alone in front of the net. The Otters regained their two goal cushion at the end of the second period on a power play goal although had a rocket wrist shot by Desi Davies been just a bit lower it could have been a game changer. Nice job by the defensive unit too against the high flying Otters to keep the Storm right in the thick of things throughout the match. With no scoring in the third period, an entertaining game saw the Otters take home a 3-1 victory.
The Storm were right back at it on Saturday afternoon versus the Kawartha Coyotes. Play was fairly even for a good part of the opening period however the Coyotes would draw first blood after the Storm were unable to clear out a rebound following a spectacular save by the Highlands’ Nate Miscio. The Coyotes jumped ahead by two just after a terrific power play almost tied the game. The Coyotes went up by three before the Storm finally found the back of the net with a two-man advantage on a Desi Davies goal to make it 3-1 Kawartha heading into the third period. Jake Sisson scored to make it 3-2 tipping in a shot from the point by Jaxon Gill and Brendan Coumbs finished off a strong Highland Storm comeback scoring with 90 seconds left in the game for a 3-3 final. The boys play next on Tuesday the 28th versus Sturgeon.
Submitted by Gord Hoenow
Bantam girls bring home gold
The Canadian Tire/Parkview Dental Bantam girls Jets won The Kitchener Lady Rangers Fallfest Tournament C Division this past weekend.
The first game, Friday afternoon saw the Jets face the South Bruce Blades. The girls worked hard but despite all of their efforts fell short by a goal with a final score of 3-2 in favour of the Blades. Gillian Rosik, with a stick-to-stick pass from Emma Tidey, was in a scramble in front of the net and was able to get a hold of the puck and tapped it in. Haley Goulet received a pass from teammate Hannah McMann, bounced the puck off the boards past her opponents, and scored with a wrist shot over the goalie’s right pad.
Friday night, the team played the Napanee Crunch and this time took the win 2-1. Scoring for the Jets was Emma Tidey, who took a shot and the puck ricochetted off the post into the back of the net. Ryan Rupnow added the second with a wrist shot from the blue line. Rosik assisted on both goals.
Early Saturday morning, the Jets met up and shut down the Ennismore Eagles. Tidey starting the Jets’ scoring streak, skating the puck through the Eagles’ defence and landed it top right corner, unassisted. McMann, with a precision pass from Emily Alexander, and a powerful front flick drifted the puck into the back of the net. Goulet, with a wrist shot, found an opening over the Eagles goalie’s trapper, assisted by McMann. Tidey added her second and the final goal of the game by being persistent and digging in a scramble in the crease area and was able to net the puck unassisted. Final score Jets 4, Ennismore 0.
Saturday afternoon the Jets secured a spot in the finals and faced the Lambton Attack in a evenly matched game with both teams skating end to end the entire time. The Jets took the win 2-1. Goals were scored by Tidey, assisted by Alexander, and McMann, assisted by Emma Neuman.
The championship game, Sunday morning saw the Jets up against the South Bruce Blades for another match. This time determined to win, the team came out flying and each team member brought their “A game” to the ice. A spectacle of speed, passing, communicating with one another and a vast array of hockey skills were displayed in front of a large crowd. Early in the first period, Goulet was successful in retrieving her own rebound and tipped it past the Blades goalie, assisted by Kennedy Croskery. With two minutes remaining in the first, Rosik with a wrist shot put the puck top right corner, assisted by Jaylin Frost. The second period saw the girls continue to battle for the puck but no goals were scored by both teams. Jets now 2, Blades 0.
The third period saw the team face some unexpected challenges and had the crowd on the edge of their seats. With 4:16 on the clock, the Jets incurred a penalty and then at 3:03 another. To add to the tension, the Blades pulled their goalie pressuring the Jets in a six on three situation. The girls skated even harder, pulled together as a team and fought right to the end to keep their rivals from getting on the scoreboard. Goulet was able to score the final goal of the game with an empty netter unassisted.
Bella Smolen has a fantastic weekend in net for the Jets. Her great goalie sense, quick reflexes, pad blocking, blocker stopping and trapper catching skills earned two shutouts and assisted the team in conquering their “Quest for Gold!” Way to go team, coaches, bench staff, manager, and parents for helping the girls have a successful weekend. Thank you also to the sponsors, Canadian Tire/Parkview Dental who made it possible with their ongoing support.
Submitted by Linda Goulet
Peewees take on Coyotes, Hornets and Braves
On Wednesday, Nov. 22, the JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports Haliburton Family Medical Centre Peewees headed to Omemee to play the Kawartha Coyotes. The Coyotes scored two quick goals at the start of the first but the Storm cut the lead in half with a goal by Aiden Perrott assisted by Kyan Hall. The Storm tied the game in the second with Perrott scoring again assisted by Hall and then Gage Hutchinson scoring unassisted to take the lead. The Storm held on and beat the Coyotes 3-2. The Peewees headed to Brighton to play in a one-day tournament on Saturday, Nov. 25 the Storm took on the Norwood Hornets first. The Hornets scored first but the Storm tied it up with a goal by Hall unassisted. The Hornets scored again but so did the Storm with another goal by Hall unassisted. The Hornets scored to put them ahead 3-2 going into the third and added another to put them ahead by two. Hall scored again assisted by Evan Armstrong to put it back within one but so did the Hornets who took the game 5-3.
The Storm faced the Loyalist Jets in the second game with Hall opening the scoring assisted by Cooper Coles and Hutchinson. The Jets tied the game in the second but the Storm took advantage on the power play and Hutchinson scored assisted by Avery Degeer to regain the lead. The Storm scored again in the third with a goal by Zander Upton assisted by Hall the Storm held on to the lead and took the game 3-1. With the second game win the Storm faced the Brighton Braves in the A final.
With both teams fighting for the win the Braves were on the board first but the Storm kept battling hard and tied the game with a goal by Hutchinson assisted by Damon Harriss to go into the second. The Braves scored again but the Storm kept with them with Austin Boylan scoring unassisted to tie it up. Again the Braves scored to take the lead but the Storm kept going with Boylan scoring unassisted again to tie it up 3-3 going into the third. With the Storm still trying to come out on top Boylan scored again giving him the hat trick and the Storm the lead 4-3. The Braves scored to tie it back up 4-4 and then scored again to put them up 5-4. The Storm battled hard but the Braves put one into the empty net to give them the win 6-4. Great goaltending by both Storm goalies Taylor Consack and Harriss. Next game for the Peewees in Dec. 5 in Minden against the Kawartha Coyotes at 7:30 p.m.
Submitted by Ron Hall
Close games for Atom AE
On Saturday, Nov. 25, the G.J Burtch Construction Storm Atom AE team hosted two great games of hockey at the A.J. LaRue Arena in Haliburton against the Almaguin Ice Devils. The Storm dominated the first game. Two goals coming from Jase Mills and Isaac Lee and then Cayden Russell and Parker Simms also put one up on the scoreboard for themselves, ending the game in a 6-2 win for the Highland Storm.
Second game was an entirely different game. The Ice Devils were not going down without a fight. In the first period the Storm players took the lead with two goals from Mills and a third from Lee. With many penalties, Mills was able to score his third goal for the hat trick. Evan Jones scored one more goal for the Storm ending the game in 5-5 tie.
On Sunday the Storm players travelled to Huntsville to take on the Otters. First period neither team were able to score. Second period the Otters scored the first goal. Going into the third period the Storm players stepped up their game. Degan Davidson sent a pass to Lee for their first goal. With only 1:36 left on the clock Liam Harrison passed the puck to Mills who scored to end the game in a 3-2 loss.
On Dec. 2, the Storm will be travelling to Collingwood to take on the Blackhawks.
Submitted by Lisa Reinwald
A win and a loss for Atom A team
The Cottage Country Building Supplies/Ridgewood Ford Highland Storm Atom A’s hosted Brock Wild at the A.J. LaRue arena on Saturday, Nov. 24. The first period Cheyenne Degeer scored an unassisted goal putting the Storm on the scoreboard. However in the second the Brock Wild scored with only minutes left and made it a 1-1 hockey game going into the third. The third was a goal by Brechin Johnston, assisted by Joshua Scheffe and then minutes later another goal this time by Addison Carr, assisted by Johnston and Caleb Manning. But the Wild didn’t give up and with only a minute left scored and made the final a 3-2 win for the Storm.
On Sunday, Nov. 25 the Cottage Country Building Supplies/Ridgewood Ford Highland Storm Atom A team travelled to Elmvale to face the Elmvale Coyotes. Unfortunately the Storm faced a tough 7-1 loss. Goal was scored by Addison Carr and assisted by Mak Prentice.
The Atom A’s will be travelling to Fenelon Falls to face the Sturgeon Lake Thunder on Sunday Dec. 3 at 3:45 p.m.
South Muskoka no match for Tykes
The Tom Prentice and Sons Trucking Tykes played a doubleheader on Saturday, Nov. 25. First they travelled to Humphrey to face the Muskoka Rock. Vanek Logan who was all alone backhanded the puck in the net, scoring the lone goal of the first period. Both goals in the second were scored by Evan Perrott and assisted by Mason Latanville. The first, Perrott keeps the puck in at the blue line and takes it to the net, using his wrist shot to beat the Muskoka goaltender. The second was a goal from the blue line off a faceoff win by the Storm. The final period of the game consisted of three goals all scored by the Storm. McCartney Saunders assists Jaxon Casey’s first of two. Casey picks up the loose puck up in front of the net and buries it. Three minutes later, Casey takes advantage of a rebound and puts it in the back of the net, with assists going to Easton Burk and Saunders. With three seconds left in the game, Perrot puts in a big solo effort to net his third goal of the game. Storm wins 6-0.
The Tom Prentice and Sons Trucking Tykes win the second game of their double header on Nov. 25. South Muskoka was no match for the Storm. Evan Perrott opens the high scoring first period with an unassisted breakaway goal. Assisted by Matthew Scheffee, defenceman Zach Prentice get his first goal of the season after breaking down the right side of the ice and wrists one by Muskoka’s goalie. The next Storm goal was a wrap around, scored by Vanek Logan, unassisted. Easton Burk picks up a rebound goal off a shot on net by Mason Latanville. A five-hole goal by Perrott finishes off the period. South Muskoka was determined to get on the scoreboard, and they did just that by getting the first goal in the second. Fighting back, Jaxon Casey feeds a pass to McCartney Sanders who gets it by the opponent’s goaltender. Burk then gets his second goal of the game after rushing down the left side. The final goal of the game is scored by Latanville who was all alone out front. The Storm take the game 8-1.
On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Tykes will be travelling to Lindsay to take on the Muskies at 2:15 p.m.
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Midgets victorious over Ice Devils
It was a busy week for the Highlander and Smolen Family Dentistry Midget team, with a couple of home games and one away, resulting in a loss and two shutout wins.
It began Tuesday, Nov. 21 in Haliburton when they suffered their first loss in the regular season 2-1, against the Kawartha Coyotes. Then, they crushed Brock Wild 5-0 in Minden, Friday, November 24. Next, it was off to Sunridge, Saturday, November 25 to shut down the Almaguin Ice Devils, 2-0. You can say it was bad luck for the Midgets, however, they did all they could against the Coyotes. From posts, to cross bars, to disallowed goals, nothing worked and they experienced their first 2-1 regular season loss.
Team captain Owen Patterson-Smith got the only goal with help from O’Neill. The Brock Wild is no match for the Storm team and that 5-0 win gave Carson Sisson a nice shut-out.
It was an action-packed game against the Ice Devils. The Storm took the lead in the first period. A great set-up by Lucas Haedicke, drawing the defence and the goalie and finding open Prentice to capture the goal. Early in the second period, Owen Smith intercepted a pass and expertly top cornered the Storm’s second goal. The last period saw a busy penalty box but stayed scoreless, and the Midgets returned home with a 2-0 victory.
Next: come out and cheer on the Storm Midgets as they take on the Woodville Hurricanes, Nov. 28 at 8:30 p.m. in Minden.
Submitted by Suzanne Haedicke