Minor hockey dispatches for the week
The following are submitted hockey dispatches about teams based in the county and area.
Published Dec. 19, 2017
Tykes come home A finalists
On Dec. 16, the Tom Prentice & Sons Trucking Tykes travelled to Marmora to participate in the Centre Hasting Grizzlies Tyke Tournament.
The Storm outplayed Loyalist in Game 1, taking the game 15-0. Goals scored by Vanek Logan (3), Evan Perrott (3), Luke Gruppe (2), McCartney Saunders (2), Mason Latanville (2), Jack Tomlinson (1), Jaxen Casey (1), Easton Burk (1) and assists by Carter Braun (1), Casey (2), Burk (2), Logan (1), Tomlinson (1).
Game 2 the Storm faced Newcastle, which ended in 10-0. Goals scored by Logan (5), Gruppe (2), Ethan DeCarlo (1), Perrott (1), Burk (1) and assists by DeCarlo (2), Tomlinson (2), Matthew Scheffee (1), Zach Prentice (1), Logan (1), Gruppe (1), Latanville (1).
The Storm would then take on Centre Hastings, the host team in the A championship game. Goaltender Braun had a busy game, stopping many of the Grizzlies’ shots. The lone Storm goal was scored by Logan and assisted by Latanville and Prentice. The final score of the game was 2-1, which was the Tykes’ first loss of the season, however the team came home as the A Finalists and displayed great sportsmanship throughout the tournament.
Submitted by Jessica Tomlinson
Tough weekend for Bantam A team
This past weekend the Highland Storm Pepper Mill Steak and Pasta House Dollo’s Foodland Bantam A participated in the Campbellford Hockey Tournament. Game 1 was versus the Douro Dukes. The Storm had the lead briefly on a Sam Hoenow goal but were humbled in a 10-1 loss to the Dukes.
The second game saw the Storm take on the host Campbellford Colts. There was good action in the first period however neither team got on the scoreboard. Storm goalie Nate Miscio continued to play solidly keeping the game scoreless going into the third period. It appeared Sam Hoenow put the Storm in the lead with under two minutes to go in the game however after a brief discussion the referees called off the goal indicating that it was done with a high stick much to the dismay of Storm fans. The Colts then scored what would turn out to be the game winner with only 26 seconds left in the game.
For the B final, the Storm faced off against the Millbrook Stars. Despite a strong effort the boys found themselves on the losing end of a 2-0 score.
Submitted by Gord Hoenow
Storm Peewees defeat Bears 11-4
On Saturday, Dec. 16 the JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports Haliburton Family Medical Centre Highland Storm Peewees travelled to Bracebridge to take on the south Muskoka Bears. The Storm were on the board first with a goal by Aiden Perrott assisted by Kyan Hall the Bears tied it up heading into the second. The second period the Storm took control with Cooper Coles scoring assisted by Perrott and Hall then Perrott put in another unassisted and then Hutchinson scored assisted by Kaine Brannigan to put the Storm ahead 4-1. The Bears scored to cut the lead in half but the Storm came back with Perrott putting in another for the hat trick assisted by Hall. The Storm had a 5-2 lead heading into the third and it was all Storm with Austin Boylan scoring unassisted then after being pulled down Perrott scored on a penalty shot then Hutchinson unassisted. Hall scored unassisted then Perrott scored assisted by Hall and Sawyer Boutin putting the Storm up 10-2. The Bears trying all they could managed to score two quick goals but the Storm netted another with Brannigan scoring assisted by Hutchinson and Zander Upton to take the game 11-4. Good goaltending between the pipes by Taylor Consack. The Peewees’ next game is in Oakwood to play the Mariposa Lightning on Thursday, Dec. 21. The Peewees would like to wish everyone a very happy holidays and a happy new year.
Submitted by Ron Hall
Atom A’s to play Crusaders
The Cottage Country Building Supplies/Ridgewood Ford Highland Storm Atom A’s travelled to Bracebridge to face the Bracebridge Bears. Unfortunately the Storm lost 4-1. Goal scored by Brechin Johnston and assisted by Addison Carr.
On Friday, Dec. 22, The Cottage Country Building Supplies/ Ridgewood Ford Highland Storm Atom A’s will travel to Durham to face the Durham Crusaders.
On Saturday, Dec. 23, Atom A’s will be hosting the Mariposa Lightning at 2 p.m. at the A.J. LaRue Arena.
Submitted by Amber Card
Atom 2 plays close game against Huntsville
On Saturday the Storm faced off against the Huntsville McDonald’s Atoms on the Jack Bionda ice in Huntsville.
On this day the Storm would be in a tough situation as seven players and only two defence were able to make the trip. Olivia Gruppe stepped it up this week by patrolling the blue line. A new set of responsibilities and a lot of ice time, Gruppe quickly settled into her role alongside teammates Adam Davis and Toby Posti.
To start the game the Storm applied pressure keeping the puck in Huntsville’s zone for a good portion of the first period. Owen Sisson’s pursuit of the puck and Jacob Davis’s ability to keep his feet moving through those small spaces were some of the reasons Huntsville had a hard time getting to the other end of the rink.
As the game wore on the short bench began to show its effects on the team. A couple of mental errors through the second period quickly ended up in the back of the Storm net. Andy Lippolis was both responsible in his own end and a force to be reckoned with against the boards in Huntsville end.
By the third period Huntsville’s fresh legs and long bench was becoming a problem for the Storm. Eric Meuller and Layne Robinson at separate times both had clutch moments where they cleared the puck and relieved some of the Huntsville pressure. Jacob Lloyd had an outstanding game stopping 25 of the 30 shots fired his way.
The final score was 5-0 Huntsville, but this was not an accurate picture of how close this game this was.
Submitted by Jamie Lloyd
Atom AE ties Otters
On Dec. 16 The Highland Storm Atom AE team travelled to Huntsville to take on the Otters. Both teams was ready and battled for the puck. Neither team were able to score in the first period. In the second period it was the Otters that managed to score the first two goals of the game, but the Storm players fought back. In front of the net it was Jace Mills that won the battle to put the Highland Storm up on the scoreboard ending the second period. Third period the Storm players gained momentum and were ready for the fight. With only a few minutes left of the game, Liam Harrison was standing at the net for the rebound shot and scoring the second goal tying the game 2-2. The Atom AE play Huntsville Otters after the holidays on Dec. 30 on home ice in Minden at the S. G. Nesbitt Arena at 12:30 p.m.
Submitted by Lisa Reinwald