Bantams shut out Eagles
The Pepper Mill Highland Storm Bantam A team started the playoffs against the Ennismore Eagles Saturday afternoon in Ennismore. The Storm team had a bit of a slow start, allowing the Eagles the first goal, early in the first period. They came out strong in the second period but was deflated when a bouncing puck deflected in, making it 2-0. The momentum continued to build as the Storm stepped up to the Eagles, but luck wasn’t on their side just yet. During a Storm power play, the Eagles chipped the puck and scored on a breakaway. That ended the second period with the Storm down 3-0.
The Storm turned things around in the third period. It began with a rush by Owen Gilbert, a pass to Zach Morissette and he found the low opening. The Storm dominated while on a power play and got a wrap around goal, scored by Owen Gilbert. The Storm tied the game 3-3 while on another power play. Facing off in the Eagles end, a pass from Lucas Haedicke to Ben MacNaull and he flicked it by the goalie. The game went into a scoreless 10-minute overtime and both teams left with a point.
Storm Bantam A team played game two in Haliburton on Sunday afternoon
against the Ennismore Eagles. It was an intense, action packed game that
the Storm won 1-0, taking the lead in the first round of playoffs. The
Storm set things up nicely during a power play with perfect passes and
positioning, halfway through the first period and got the only goal of
the game. Owen Gilbert scored, assisted by Lucas Haedicke and Ben
MacNaull. Both teams offered lots of end-to-end action but the periods
remained scoreless and Carson Sisson earned a shutout. Great job to all
the Bantam players!
Shamrocks’ luck runs out
The JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports Highland Storm Peewee A team hosted the Parry Sound Shamrocks Saturday afternoon in game one of their playoff series, and defeated them by a score of 4-1.
The Storm had the only two goals in the opening frame, both scored by offensive menace Joe Boice, the versatile Cole Prentice, had “helpers” on each goal, while Colin Glecoff and Aaron Bellefleur each had a point. A team evidentally not ready to roll over, the Shamrocks keep the pace up and made the Storm earn everything they got. Dylan Keefer had the lone goal of the period, with Ty Mills earning a point on play, and Bellefleur his second of the game.
The Shamrocks had some luck, when they got on the board early in the third period with a fluke goal. The puck hit a player than another, and arched up and over the goalie, to cut the lead 3-1. Later, Boice completed the hat trick, and put the shamrocks to bed in the process, making it 4-1, Glecoff earning his second point of the game.
The following day and second game of the series had the storm
in the Shamrocks’ barn facing the premise of going up two games to
nothing, or going home with the series tied at one.
Balanced scoring is a key component of any teams success and first year forward Nick Phippen displayed that by asserting himself on the forecheck, and getting the storm on the board with Brenden Newhook and Aiden Neave getting the helpers. The effort persisted and thus the Storm kept the puck deep in the Shamrocks’ zone. Newhook was the recipient this time as Phippen returned the favour with the assist. The period ended with the visitors up two to nothing. Parry Sound started to take over the game applying efficient force and pressure, causing the Storm to turn over the puck.
The period concluded with the Shamrocks registering the only goal, and kept it a contest cutting the lead in half. The Storm were lucky to get out of the period only giving up the one goal and not the lead. The third period started with the Shamrocks still exerting their will as they had the Storm on their heels. Two and one half minutes in the final frame, they tied it up 2-2.Then three minutes later Joe Boice decided to take back the lead, which was expunged by the same Shamrock player, who had scored two straight. Now with the game tied at three, and eight minutes remaining, the Storm’s captain Alex Little took over the game and scored three straight un-assisted, coast-to-coast, unanswered goals to seal the deal, and had the Shamrocks left wondering what could have been.
Game three is this Sunday. Please come out
and support your local minor hockey association and Peewee A team as
they battle through some exhilarating playoff hockey.
Tykes take a win in Parry Sound
Saturday, Jan. 23 the Tom Prentice and Sons/RM Carpentry Highland Storm
Tyke team were back on the ice squaring off against Parry Sound. The
Storm team scored early and were relentless in their offensive
pressure. Excellent skating, strategic passing and solid defensive play
were all instrumental to the Storm win. Every Storm player got a goal or
assist in the game and our fearless goaltender stood strong to earn
another shut out for the season. Way to go, Storm, on another big
win.The team is back in action next weekend when they travel to Parry
By Janice Scheffee
Novice Storm strike down Bears
It was an excellent weekend of hockey for the Timber Mart Novice Highland Storm. The first playoff game was played in Gravenhurst versus the Bracebridge Bears. It was an amazing win for the Highland Storm. Addison Carr scored the first goal in the first period and Graeme Armstrong scored a beauty goal in the second. The Bears did score in the third, however, the Storm held on for a 2-1 win. The second game the Storm hosted the Bears at the A.J LaRue arena. This was an awesome game by the Timber Mart Novice Highland Storm. Kadin Card got the game started with a great rebound goal at the front of the net. In the second period Isaac Lee scored the Storm’s second goal making it 2-0 going into the third. It was only 30 seconds into the third period and Kadin Card fired a wicked goal making 3-0 for the final score.This was Aaron Neave second shutout. Way to go Storm.
Next weekends schedule is Jan. 30, 4:30 p.m. in Gravenhurst vs the Bracebridge Bears; Jan. 31, 2 p.m. in Haliburton at the A.J. LaRue arena vs. Bracebridge Bears.
By Amber Card
Midget A look for vengeance in Minden this Friday
The Dollo’s Foodland and Smolen’s Dentistry Highland Storm Midget A team visited the Parry Sound Shamrocks on Friday night for the opening salvo in the best of five playoff series. It started out as a tentative affair as both teams were finding their playoff legs with Haliburton‘s Jaydon Wood finding the back of the net first, with the Storm on a power play, midway through the first on a flawless feed from Owen Patterson-Smith, who had an outstanding game. The first ended with the locals still ahead 1-0 with both teams having a few chances but neither able to sustain pressure in the offensive zone. The second found Parry Sound taking the play more to the Storm and were able to put one past goaltender Parker Smolen a minute into the period and again with five minutes left to take a 2-1 lead into the final segment. With the “luck of the Irish” behind them the Shamrocks came out flying and scored a quick one to take a 3-1 lead. The defensive stylings of the Storm proved their nemesis as they could not maintain any presence in the offensive zone and Parry Sound tallied their final marker, on the power play, with four minutes left. This seemed to energize the Storm but alas too little too late as Matt Manning scored in the final minute to end the game as a 4-2 loss.
Parry Sound visits Minden on Friday night, Jan. 29, at 9:30 and we repay the favour Saturday, Jan. 30 in the birthplace of Bobby Orr.
Submitted by Katie and Dave Howe
Curfew ends Midget B Girls’ regular season with tie
The Bancroft I.D.A/Canadian Tire Midget B Girls Jets received some great news prior to their road game in Keene on Thursday, Jan. 21. The Lindsay Lynx played spoiler and defeated the Keene Wolverines 2-1 the previous night in Lindsay. The loss by Keene guaranteed first place in the LLFHL Midget B East loop for Bancroft and home ice advantage in the league play-offs.
The Jets used the good news to jump out to 1-0 lead midway through the first period when Kenndal Marsden set up Kelsey Maracle on a beauty two-on-one rush with Maracle finishing off the play with a top shelf blocker wrister. The Wolverines tied the game late in the first period with a neutral zone defensive breakdown allowing Keene a breakaway from the red line – capitalizing on the rush and the 1-1 tie.
Both teams continued to work hard and exchanged scoring chances to try and break the deadlock. After a scoreless second period, Keene gained a 2-1 advantage midway through the third period with a bouncing puck that found its way into the Jets net. The game wining goal for the Wolverines came with a deflected puck from behind the Bancroft net that bounced up and over Katie Hoover’s shoulder and across the line. The Jets tried but could not find an equalizer goal in the “no-change-in-the-standings” game.
On Saturday night in Peterborough, the Jets looked to finish their regular season on a positive note looking at a first round bye in the first round of their league play-offs.
A slow start allowed the Ice Kats to jump out to a 1 - 0 lead midway through the first period when the Jets failed to clear a loose puck in a goal-mouth scramble battle. Bancroft tied the game at 1-1 late in the first period on a power play. Kelsey Maracle found Sydney Feir cruising through the slot and fed a sweet pass that Feir slid past the Ice Kat tender with a low blocker wrister. On the first shift of the third period, after a scoreless second period, Kenndal Marsden put the Jets up 2-1 with a short-handed beauty. Marsden capitalized on Marissa Phillips’ great forecheck putting a quick snap shot past the Ice Kat tender. The pesky Ice Kats continued their attack and after a confusion-packed, “possibly curfewed” chaotically interrupted finish to the game, Peterborough tied the game on with a 2-2 power play wrister that found its way into the net through a maze a players and traffic in the slot. The game was cut short as the curfew was imposed with just under two minutes left to finish the tightly contested battle.
“Congratulations” Bancroft I.D.A/Canadian Tire
Midget B Girls Jets on your first place finish in the LLFHL Midget B
East loop. Step up your focus and get ready to ramp up your game
intensity girls as you await your second round opponents in your league
play-offs. Your second half of the season will need your engines firing
on all cylinders as you get ready to take flight Jets. Use your
exhibition game vs Ancaster Avalanche on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 30 in
Minden at 2 p.m. to start your push into the post season.
Submitted by Dan Marsden