Minor Hockey Updates
The following are submitted reports of minor hockey updates, published March 13, 2018
Exciting finish for TD Atoms
This past weekend the TD Atoms faced off against Pharmasave Atoms in a best two out of three series, all games played on Saturday 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. TD won the first game 8-7.
TD had a number of players try out new positions for the middle game at 3 p.m. including leading scorer Ethan Thomas trying his hands in the net. Owen Sisson tested his defensive skills dropping back to defence. The TD Atoms conceded the 3 p.m. game 6-2.
In a crucial third game at 5 p.m. everything was on the line. The exciting game saw the score tied at the end of each period. The game came down to an incredible effort by Pharmasave’s Lara Gallant to score from behind the net with 1:21 to play in the third. Although TD attempted to tie it up one last time it was just not to be. TD dropped the third game 6-5. TD’s top goal scorer of the day was Ethan Thomas scoring seven goals in two games. Owen Sisson had 1G, 6A, Andy Lippolis 1G, 2A, Eric Mueller 2G, Toby Posti 2G, Olivia Gruppe 1G, 1A, Jacob Davis 1G, 1A, Maxime Little 3A, Max Chapman 1A, Layne Robinson 1A. This brings the TD Atoms’ season to a close.
Submitted by Jamie Lloyd
Atom Storm take semifinals to fifth game thrill to watch
Friday, March 2, The Cottage Country Building Supplies/Ridgewood Ford
Highland Storm Atom A’s travelled to Frontenac to face the
Frontenac Flyers for the third semifinal game.
The game started with a goal by Cheyenne Degeer, however, Frontenac scored two goals. Then Brechin Johnston put one between the pipes. Going into the second, the game was tied at two goals each but five minutes in Addison Carr scored a beauty tic-tac-toe goal. The score was 3-2 Storm going into the third period. Unfortunately Frontenac scored early this period to tie the game 3-3. With 45 seconds left, Frontenac scored. The Storm lost 4-3.
On Saturday, March 10, the Storm travelled to Frontenac to face the Frontenac Flyers for game four of the semifinals.
The first period was a battle between both teams. Addison Carr scored an early goal but Frontenac scored shortly after. The second was all Storm with another goal by Carr, then a goal by Brechin Johnston, followed by another goal by Carr and finally a beauty goal by Cheyenne Degeer. It was 5-1 going into the third. For the third period, the Storm was not going to let up. Carr scored his fourth goal of the game and Degeer scored her second. The final was 7-1 Storm.
On Sunday, March 11, the Atoms hosted the Frontenac Flyers for game 5 of the semifinals. It started quick with a goal by Frontenac, followed by a goal by Beckam Reynolds. Next Frontenac scored their second goal, followed by a goal by Cheyenne Degeer. It was tied 2-2 going into the second. The second was a battle of a period but with 30 seconds left Frontenac scored. At the start of the third, the Storm came out on fire and Addison Carr scored to tie the game. But Frontenac rallied and scored three more goals. The final was 6-3. And unfortunately the Atom A’s were knocked out of the series.
Submitted by Amber Card
Glen Dart tournament a thrill to watch
Haliburton’s very own Glen Dart tournament was hosted in Haliburton by LL Atom 1 and 2 teams. Due to circumstances our invited teams dropped out of the tournament.
But Haliburton’s teams refused to foreclose on the tournament. They decided to have a best two out of three together.
To start of the tournament Pharmasave LL Atom 1 and TD LL Atom 2 came together for their first match.
Lara Gallant started off the scoring early in the first unassisted but Ethan Thomas forced his way back 16 seconds later assisted by Maxine Little.
With a battle back and forth with awsome goaltending by Zach Lowe and Jacob Lloyd, Storm 1 scored again unassisted by Haiden Bird. With 38 seconds left Ethan Thomas scored assisted by Owen Sisson.
During the second period, Storm 2 poured on the pressure and kept the puck deep in Storm 1 territory. Storm 2 were able to score three goals, Jacob Davis assisted by Owen Sisson. Ethan Thomas again, assisted by Jacob Davis and Maxine Little. And for a hat trick for Ethan Thomas assisted by Owen Sisson.
In the third period things heated up with two more goals by Ethan Thomas with one assist by Owen Sisson again. And followed by another goal by Tobi Posti assisted yet again by Owen Sisson and Maxine Little. With Storm 1 refusing to give up, the forwards started to pick up the pace with Lara Gallant scoring assisted by Logan Reid.
Thirty seconds later Haiden Bird stormed right back to score two unassisted goals for his hat trick.
With Storm 1 now realizing they were still in the game, Jacob Mantle picked up the puck behind his own net and skated around everyone in his path to score his first defensive goal of the year for a final total of 8-7 Storm 2.
With another game of the tournament at 3 p.m., the two LL Atoms faced off again.
Within the first two minutes of play the Bird brothers opened up the scoring with a goal by H. Bird assisted by E. Bird. Seconds later with awesome stick handling Lara Gallant scored unassisted followed by another goal unassisted by H. Bird.
With Storm 1 refusing to give up and keeping pressure on in the second period Lara Gallant scored assisted by H. Bird followed by another goal by H. Bird for his second hat trick of the tournament assisted by Carson Jones and Gallant.
Lara Gallant kept extreme pressure on and scored yet again for second hat trick of the tournament assisted by Logan Reid and E. Bird.
With Storm 2 refusing to give up, Olivia Gruppe scored assisted by Max Chapman and Lorne Robinson. Followed by another goal by Storm 2 unassisted by Eric Mueller.
Final score was 6-2
With the third game against LL Atoms playing for the trophy we all knew that these two teams were going to give it their all.
During the first period the scoring was like a tennis match with the defence breaking up play Atom 1’s H Bird opened up the scoring assisted by Hailee Davidson. Storm 2 came storming right back with a goal by Ethan Thomas assisted by Gruppe. In the final minutes of the first period battling back and forth Gallant scored assisted by H. Bird.
But with Atom 2 winning the face-off they rallied back with an unassisted goal by Owen Sisson.
In the second period Andy Lippolis scored assisted by Sisson and another unassisted goal by Thomas.
With the crowd now on their feet cheering on both teams, Atom 1 started to get their groove on with them playing their positions. Storm 1’s Gallant passed a wicked shot straight to Logan Reid’s stick for a wide open net. Assisted by Gallant and H. Bird.
With Gallant winning the face-off, she dazzled with her stickhandling skills to score unassisted. With Storm 2 never giving up Eric Mueller turned on his skating skills and awesome stickhandling to take the puck from end to end to score unassisted to tie up this now nail-biting game. Awesome goaltending by Brian Robichaud. Lara Gallant scored the game-winning goal for her third hat trick of the tournament assisted by Haiden Bird who also received two hat tricks in the tournament.
Awesome game to both teams. You guys put on one of the best shows of the season.
The next tournament is the select LL Atoms in Ayr, Ont., on March 31.
Submitted by Chris McMartin