Highland Storm Minor Hockey Reports for the week of Oct. 15
Published Oct. 23, 2018
This past weekend the Highland Storm Bantam Pepper Mill Steak and Pasta House hosted the Cody Hodgson Bantam Tournament at the A.J. LaRue Arena. The Storm won their first game 2-0 against Sturgeon Lake Thunder with goals scored by Gage Hutchison and Kaine Brannigan, assisted by Kyan Hall. Stellar goaltending by Darian Maddock with his second shutout of the season. The Storm continued on to play the Campbellford Colts losing 4-1 with our lone goal scored by Dylan Keefer and assisted by Gage Hutchison. The Storm came back to win their final game of the day 2-0 to the Simcoe Blues with goals scored by Kyan Hall and Dylan Keefer. The Storm headed into Sunday in third place finding themselves up against the Sturgeon Lake Thunder winning 4-1 with goals scored by Dylan Keefer, Kyan Hall, Nick Phippen and assists by Hunter Winder and Gage Hutchison. The Storm moved on to the A finals to face the Frontenac Flyers. Storm were leading 2-0 going into the second with goals scored by Dylan Keefer, Nick Phippen and assisted by Ben Robinson and Cooper Lloyd. Giving up two short-handed goals in the second period, the Storm came back with Kyan Hall scoring another goal assisted by Ty Mills making it 3-2 heading into the third. The Storm were unable to hold back the Flyers who scored another three goals in the third period. In the final minutes of the game Ty Mills scored his first goal of the season ending the game 5-4 Frontenac. The team should be proud of their performance taking home a second place finish in the A finals of the Cody Hodgson Bantam Tournament. The fans thank you for some great hockey this weekend. Come out and support the Bantams as they face the Orono Leafs Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at the A.J. LaRue Arena.
By Jessica Lloyd
The Cody Hodgson tournament created a fun weekend of hockey and the Highlander and Ed Smolen Family Dentistry Highland Storm Midgets were the B-pool champions. They successfully began the tournament in Minden, Saturday, Oct. 20 against the Bancroft Jets with a 3-2 win. This was an entertaining game as the Storm and Jets are evenly matched. Both teams worked aggressively hard to score and most goals occurred during a power play. The Storm grabbed a two-goal lead in the second period, however the Jets kept it interesting when they closed the gap in the third period, making it a 3-2. The Storm did their job, quieted the Jets and took the win.
Next, they met with the Midland Centennials and were shut out 4-0. The Midgets were ready for the Lindsay Muskies and won 2-1. The Storm was first to score and minutes later the Muskies evened it out, ending the first period 1-1. The second period was fast and furious with the Storm team nabbing the go ahead goal. The third period was exciting and scoreless. The next day, the Midgets landed in the B pool by losing against the Woodville Hurricanes 2-1. The Midgets became the B-pool champions by battering the Bancroft Jets 5-1.
By Suzanne Haedicke
The JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports and Haliburton Family Medical Highland Storm Peewee A’s travelled to Elmvale to face the Elmvale Coyotes on Friday, Oct. 19. In the first period Cheyenne Degeer scored a beauty goal. Then Austin Boylan scored and it was 2-0 going into the second. The second started with a goal from Cooper Cole and another goal from Austin Boylan. At the end of the second Elmvale got a power play and scored. The score was 4-1 going into the third. The period started off with a goal by Elmvale, followed by a great pass and play goal by Cash Fowler. Next Colby Coumbs scored for a 6-2 lead. But with 30 seconds left Elmvale scored and the final score was 6-3 win for the Storm.
On Sunday, the Peewees headed to Oakwood to take on Mariposa Lightning. Addison St Cyr scored a beauty tic-tac-toe goal and then minutes later scored another. There was excellent goaltending by Ethan Dobson but near the end of the first Mariposa scored and the score was 2-1 going into the second. The second period was all Mariposa but St Cyr scored a goal and right after Mariposa scored. The game was 3-2 going into the third. Storm came out on fire by keeping the puck out of their end for the majority of the period. St Cyr scored a beauty wrap-around goal with five minutes left, and just after that the puck dropped and Boylan got it to St Cyr for another goal. Then a minute later Austin Boylan scored his goal for the game. But right after the face-off Mariposa scored. With three minutes to go Mariposa scored; the game is 6-4. A minute late Mariposa scored again. Mariposa pulled their goalie. St Cyr saw the opportunity and scored. The final score 7-5 win for Storm.
The JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports Highland Storm Peewee A’s host the Matt Duchene Peewee Rep tournament in Minden this coming weekend. The Storm play at 8 a.m. versus North Bay, 12 p.m. versus Pembroke and 4 p.m. versus Stayner.
Come on down and cheer them on.
By Amber Card
On Friday, Oct. 19, the Haliburton Timbermart and Hockey Haven Sports Camp Highland Storm Rep Novice team made their way to the Jack Tolhurst Memorial Tournament in Brantford. The first game saw the Storm battle the Dresden Jr. Kings, who took two goals in the first period while the Storm got their bearings. Henry Neilson scored for the Storm in the second period, but a third period goal by Dresden resulted in at 3-1 loss.
Saturday morning’s game the Storm took on the Walkerton Capitals. The Capitals scored the only goal in the first period. During the second, the Storm offensive team (Evan Perrott, Max Rupnow, Matthew Scheffee, Isaac Trotter, Henry Neilson, and Luke Gruppe) responded. The Storm scored the only goal of the period (Neilson). Both the Storm (Neilson) and Capitals scored one more goal each during third period action. The Storm defence (Jaxen Casey, Ethan DeCarlo, Easton Burk, Jack Tomlinson) held strong clearing their zone. With the game tied at 2-2, Jack Tomlinson deked around several Walkerton players to score with only 41 seconds left in play. Goaltender Carter Braun demonstrated rapid skill and agility for a Storm win of 3-2.
Saturday afternoon, the Belmont Rangers took on the Storm. Belmont opened with a goal midway through the first period but with just over a minute left, Gruppe scored short-handed for the Storm, heading into the second period tied at one goal apiece. After almost a scoreless second period, Belmont dropped one in. The Storm responding only 30 seconds later with a goal of their own by Neilson. The Rangers responded with one more goal to end the second period at 3-2 in favour of Belmont. Third period play saw the Haliburton team score twice (Scheffee and Rupnow) taking the lead, but the Rangers managed to squeak out two more goals within 12 seconds of each other in final minutes to outscore the Storm 5-4.
By Andy Gruppe
Peewee 1 Local League
On Saturday, Oct. 20 the Walker’s Home Hardware LL Peewee 1 team took on Parry Sound. The Storm came out ready for a fight with Nathan Harrison scoring one minute into the game assisted by Alex Hendry and Mikayla Sisson. Goalie Aaron Neave stopped a flurry of shots before Parry Sound tied it up one minute into the second, they followed that up with a second goal six minutes in. Storm tied up the game with four seconds left with a goal by Hendry assisted by Harrison. Parry Sound was not ready to give up and scored four more goals in the third making the final 6-2. The team will be back on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. against South Muskoka.
By Marita Bagshaw
Novice 2 Local League
On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Dwayne Simms LL Novice 2 Storm travelled to Baysville to take on Huntsville Near North. The Storm came out ready to play and quickly took a 1-0 lead with a goal from Brycen Harrison, assisted by Lyla Degeer. Less than a minute later, Mason Latanville passed to Harrison and he scored his second of the season. With three minutes left in the first, Huntsville was able to sneak one by goaltender Landyn Simms, making the score 2-1. The Storm answered back 30 seconds later as Latanville landed one in the net, assisted by Harrison. McCartney Saunders got his first of the game, unassisted, with just 20 seconds left in the first.
Saunders was quick on the first face-off of the second period and took off down the ice and buried the puck in the top corner of the net. A few minutes later Saunders found himself on another breakaway and scored his third unassisted goal of the game. Huntsville answered back with two goals. Cole Morrison snuck in his first goal of the season at the end of the second, assisted by Latanville.
The Storm continued to make their presence known as Saunders scored two more in the third, assisted by Degeer and Jacob Manning. Final score 9-3 for the Storm.
The two LL Novice teams will face off on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. in Wilberforce.
By Stephanie Harrison
Atom 2 Local League
On Saturday, Oct. 20 the TD Canada Trust LL 2 Atom team headed to Baysville to take on the Huntsville Little Caesar Peewee team. During the first period with a back and forth battle against each other Ethan Rowe was able to find the boards with a nice pass up to Logan Reid. With the duo of Reid and Casey-Russel finding their passing Reid took the shot and sure enough Russel was there to initialize the rebound. Minutes later Zach Lowe was able to clear the puck from his own net with a nice pass right to Bryant Medlar. Medlar was able to skate up the boards and chip up a pass to Reid for another Storm goal.
During the second with Carson Jones battling against one of the biggest defences, Jones won his battle and was able to pass it up to Casey-Russel, and the duo of Russel and Reid were at their passing again which resulted in Reid’s second goal of the game. However due to the persistence of Huntsville the Storm lost their game 13-3. Next game is in Gravenhurst against Parry Sound at 12:20.
By Chris McMartin
Midget 2 Local League
On Oct. 19 the Total Site Services LL Midget 2 team showed up for an early Saturday morning game in Parry Sound. The game started out with a fast paced first period with no goals. Goals started for both teams in the second period and Hunter Arnott scored with an assist to Tyler Martin and Cody Martin. Parry Sound jumped into the game with a couple of goals then Caden Little scored with assists to Zach Davis and Cody Martin. Parry Sound came back with three unanswered goals in the third to win 5-2. Exceptional goaltending by Damon Harriss. On Oct. 21 the Total Site Services LL Midget team played South Muskoka-Muskoka Kia at S.G. Nesbitt Arena in Minden. Muskoka Kia took the first period with three unanswered goals. Total Site Services’ lone goal in the second period scored by Hunter Arnott with assists to Simon Cloutier-Austin and Tyler Martin. Total Site Services shut down Muskoka Kia in the third but lost 4-1. Next game for Total Site Services is Friday, Nov. 2 at 8:30 p.m. at A.J. LaRue Arena in Haliburton.
By Sharon Brinkos
This past weekend the Ridgewood Ford and Castle Cottage Country Building Supplies Atom A team travelled south to Brantford for the annual Jack Tolhurst Memorial Tournament. The Storm got straight to work with Austin Latanville scoring the first goal for the team assisted by Caleb Manning to start the second versus the Dresden Jr. Kings. The final buzzer sounded with a 5-1 score. Game 2 vs the Walkerton Capitals was off to another hard start. The Storm Atoms found themselves in penalty trouble once again with three penalties leading to another power-play goal. Deciding to not leave the second period scoreless, Liam Harrison managed to net one assisted by Owen Sisson and Josh Scheffee. On Saturday evening the Storm hit the ice versus the South West Bullets. Our Atoms seemed to get into a groove following Jace Mills’s initial tally from a crazy angle. What turned out to be a game reminiscent of a western gun fight Storm defenceman Toby Posti blocked a total of six shots in the game much to the delight of netminder Chase Winder who was left to fend off many more. The third began equally strong with the Storm building a lead to 4-2 with goals by Latanville, Mills and Scheffee while relentlessly keeping the puck out of their zone sending the Bullets chasing in their end. Following this spirited win the Atoms left the tournament on a high note with the score being indicative of their hard work. It seemed to click on the third and final game and we commend them for their efforts! Catch these young players in action at A.J. LaRue this upcoming weekend during the annual Matt Duchene tournament starting on Saturday morning game times at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m.
Atoms Local League
On Sunday, the GJ Burtch LL-Atoms hosted the Huntsville McDonald’s LL-Atoms at the S.G. Nesbitt Arena in Minden. The Storm got off to a slow start giving up three goals in the first period. The second saw a Huntsville player hauled down on his way to the net resulting in a penalty shot. Jacob Lloyd kicked out his toe to make a miraculous save. Keeping the game at 5-0. Lloyd’s save seemed to be a turning point, as suddenly the Storm was all over McDonald’s.
In the third the Storm’s hard work throughout the game began to pay off. First it was Maxime Little setting up Isaac Borgdorff for a beautiful one-timer and his first of the season. Next up, Eric Mueller’s hard work against the boards got him the puck and an assist on Jacob Davis’s second goal in as many games. Then it was Mueller again battling against the boards that sent Taylor Mulock into McDonald’s end. Mulock found Borgdorff in front of the net resulting in his second goal. Olivia Gruppe helped out her team by dropping back to defence for the game and did a great job clearing the front of the net and patrolling the blue line. Unfortunately the slow start would be the Storm’s downfall. 5-3 final for McDonald’s.
Next up for the GJ Burtch Atoms is an exhibition home and home vs Bancroft in Wilberforce at 1 p.m. on Saturday and in Bancroft on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
By Jamie Lloyd