The following are the minor hockey reports published in the Feb. 5 issue of the Haliburton Echo.
The Leveque Bros/Rock Breakers Peewee girls Jets travelled to Lakefield to take on the Ennismore Eagles. First period started off tight with plenty of chances for both teams, steady goaltending by Kaylee Jessup held the Jets in, with a 0-0 score to end the first. With first place on the line and a bye to semi-finals the Jets came out flying in the second. First goal was scored by Lily Manning on a nice short-handed break away. Second goal was scored Maryn McMann, and assisted by Lara Gallant and Autumn Winder. Third goal was scored by Hope Trotter, assisted by Sydney Fergusson and Maya Woods, ending the second period with the Jets up 3-0. The girls added some insurance in the third with a goal by Fergusson, assisted by Trotter. With 1:21 left in the third, Trotter added a fifth goal, assisted by Riley Brownlee, bringing the final score to a 5-0 win for the Jets, clinching their spot in first place!
The Peewee girls Jets took on the Napanee Crunch on home ice. Napanee opened the scoring with two goals early in the first but the Jets battled back with a goal from Woods assisted by Jordyn Coe and Gallant ending the first with the Jets trailing 2-1. Just 1:36 into the second Trotter tied the game, assisted by Avila Townsend and Coe. Gallant added a nice hat trick in the third with two assists from McMann and assists from Coe and Winder, bringing the final score to 5-2 for the Jets!
The Leveque Bros/Rock Breakers Peewee girls Jets took on the Ennismore Eagles in Haliburton on Saturday, which resulted in another win for the girls! It was a close game with no score going into the third period but again Jessup was strong. First goal for the Jets was scored by Woods, assisted by Winder. Just a few minutes later Woods scored again assisted by Mable McCue-Dixon and Rane Osborne. With 2:33 left in the third, the final goal was scored by McMann and assisted by Winder, ending the game with a 3-0 win! The girls end regular season with 16 wins, three losses and three ties! Way to go, girls! Good luck in the championship round!
By Jenn Jessup
Novice 1 LL
The Brightwoods Landscaping and Consulting Novice local league attended their first tournament of the season in Apsley Saturday, Jan. 26.
Game 1 was against Newcastle Stars and the Storm dominated the play throughout the majority of the game coming up with a 3-2 win. Brody Hartwig was presented with MVP of the game for his swift stick skills and landing three goals with assists from Jacob Sutton, Matthew Fairey and Benton Lloyd.
The second game versus Clarington Vikings was a hard action packed, evenly matched game with back and forth playing from both sides. Every Storm player fought hard with determination pulling out a 5-2 win. Zachary Prentice started off the scoring with the first goal and Hartwig continued to rack up his points with the next four goals.
Carter Knapton made many great saves to keep us in the game and Hunter Hamilton was honoured MVP of the game for his hard work in skating strong and controlling the play.
The third and final game was vs Bancroft Jets. Action was back and forth and Hartwig again showcased his unique abilities in obtaining the puck and skating around his opponents to secure another hat trick ending in a final score of 3-1. Hawksley Dobbins was named MVP of the game for his go get me attitude and proving size is no barrier! The crowd was loud and emotions were strong as the team celebrated their first tournament victory win! Teamwork is key! Every single player has their own unique set of skills they bring to this team and when the coaching staff can hone in on those specific abilities and use to the team’s advantage it shows on the scoreboard.
Overall our defensive team of Prentice, Hawksley Dobbins, Gideon Borgdorff and Duncan Evans-Fockler maintained their presence at the blue line keeping play in the opponent’s end throughout the tournament. They were also a strong force in our zone clearing the puck continuously to allow for forwards Hartwig, Hamilton, Fairey, Lloyd Sutton, Tyler Hughes, Cruize Neave, and Oakley Craftchick to move quickly into the opponent’s end and create many scoring chances. Goalie Knapton made save after save throughout the tournament keeping Storm ahead on the scoreboard in all three games.
Way to go, Storm!
Brightwoods Landscaping and Consulting Novice LL team took on first place South Muskoka Fitzmaurice on Saturday, Feb. 2 in Gravenhurst. Highland Storm started out very sluggish in the first period being down 2-0 at the end of the frame. Goalie Carter Knapton started out the second making some great saves which seemed to spark the offensive. Midway through the second, Brody Hartwig landed Storm’s first goal of the game on a beauty breakaway. The defensive core of Zach Prentice, Gideon Borgdorff, Duncan Evans-Fockler and Hawksley Dobbins played an amazing second and third period keeping the puck out of our end.
Third period was action packed, at both ends of the rink. Hartwig landed two more goals earning another hat trick for the season. Storm came up short in a 4-3 loss. From the start of the year losing 10-0 to this team to now being within a goal shows how much effort and dedication these players have shown.
Cheer us on at the Minden arena Saturday Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. for our next local home game action and again Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. in Minden when we take on Huntsville Near North.
By Cheryl Smith
On Feb. 2, JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports/Haliburton Family Medical Centre Highland Storm Peewee A hosted the Durham Crusaders at the A.J. LaRue arena.
The Peewee A’s played hard but the game ended in 6-2 loss. Goals scored by Austin Boylan and Colby Coumbs. The Peewee team will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11:45 a.m. in Oshawa to play the sixth and final game of the series.
By Amber Card
On Saturday, Feb. 2 the Peppermill Steak and Pasta House/Dollo’s Foodland Highland Storm Bantams hosted the Shelburne Wolves for Game 2 in their playdown series. The Storm came out aggressively and trying to be the first on the board but after 15 minutes the score was still at zeroes for both teams. The Wolves managed to get on the board first and then scored a powerplay goal to put them ahead 2-0 going into the third. The Storm battled hard in the third but the Wolves scored another powerplay goal and another right at the end to take the game 4-0 and a 2-0 series lead. A great effort by all the players. The Storm head to Shelburne on Saturday, Feb. 9 to play Game 3 of the series.
By Lisa Delisle
The Highlander and Ed Smolen Family Dentistry Storm Midgets moved onto the second round of playoffs against the Stayner Cyclones and won their first game 3-2 in Haliburton on Feb. 2. It was an action-packed, hard-hitting, fast-paced game. Both teams working hard for puck control. Gilbert got things going when he top cornered the first goal for the Storm, assisted by Morissette. Later in the first, Walker fed Gilbert and he did more of his magic and nabbed the second goal. Storm winning 2-0 at the end of the first period. Both teams came out flying in the second. With the Cyclones being down by two, they aggressively worked to get on the scoreboard. However, hats off to Gilbert who showed intense determination to fight through the defence and find the opening for the third Storm goal. With a three-goal lead, the Storm team eased off the pressure slightly and the Cyclones took advantage while on a power play, scoring two quick goals and making it a 3-2 game late in the second. The third period continued to be fast and aggressive with end to end action. The Cyclones tried to even it up, pulling their goalie but the Storm did their job and took the first game of the playoffs 3-2.
By Suzanne Haedicke
TD Canada Trust Atom LL
With a hard game underway our LL TD Canada Trust Atoms hosted Huntsville this past weekend. Huntsville were quick to open to scoring but with no hesitations Ayden Chapman sent a beauty pass up to Ethan Rowe with Rowe taking a nice wrist shot from the hash marks and Logan Reid pounced on the rebound and scored top shelf.
During the second period Bryant Medlar was able to strip the puck away from Huntsville and sent Kamauhl Cassey-Russel a nice pass and Cassey-Russel found the back of the net. In the third period with exhaustion setting in from missing players Chapman once again played the boards hard and sent a pass up to Rowe and he wound up rebounding the puck straight to Cassey-Russel to score again. The TD Canada Trust Atoms fought hard but were not able to pull out a win. Player of the game goes to Eric Bird.
The next and final game is hosted in Huntsville by Huntsville McDonalds.
By Chris McMartin
The Tom Prentice and Sons and Walker’s Heating and Cooling Storm Tyke team travelled to Peterborough for their first two-day jamboree! The team played well together passing the puck around setting up many scoring opportunities for the entire team. After three games the Tyke Storm team scored a combined 45 goals and only allowed 15 against them. Nixon Ecclestone did Storm proud by winning the skills accuracy portion of skills competition out of 104 hockey players! Go Storm Go! Next game is at home Sunday in Haliburton at 1 p.m. where they will take on Huntsville.
By Marita Bagshaw
Walkers Home Hardware
On Saturday, Feb. 2 the Walkers Home Hardware LL Peewees travelled to Gravenhurst to take on the Parry Sound Peewee team for the second weekend in a row. The Storm players were determined to have a different outcome and they certainly did. Both teams battle for the puck and neither team was able to put one in the net in the first period. It was Alex Hendry who scored the first goal of the game. Parry Sound was quick to follow with a goal of their own tying up the game. With eight seconds left of the period Nathan Harrison scored the second goal for the Storm. Parry Sound came back with two more goals in the third period putting them into the lead and giving them the 3-2 win. Next weekend come support them at the S.G. Nesbitt Arena when they take on the South Muskoka Peewee team Sunday at 5 p.m.
By Lisa Reinwald
GJ Burtch Atom LL
On Saturday the GJ Burtch LL Atoms travelled to Huntsville to face the Huntsville McDonald’s Atoms. The Storm would strike first when Isaac Borgdorff set up Eric Mueller in the first period. Although Huntsville would get a goal in the second period, the Storm would again take the lead when the Storm’s Jacob Mantle went end to end and scored unassisted. Taylor Mulock was relentless on the puck, whether she was back-checking helping out the defence in our own end or fore-checking dictating the pace. Taylor’s effort paid off when she scored in the third, assist going to Borgdorff. Final 3-1 Storm. Next up the Storm host South Muskoka on Saturday at the S.G Nesbitt Arena.
By Jamie Lloyd
Peewee Canadian Tire LL
Highland Storm LL Peewee Canadian Tire 2 game weekend.
The Highland Storm faced off against the Muskoka Bears Blakewood Construction in Haliburton on Saturday. The game was a tight run for goals but the Highland Storm took the lead in the third period to win the game with a score of 4-3. Carson Simms’s goaltending kept the Highland Storm in the game and the goals by Ethan Thomas (two goals), Ethan Megrah-Poppe, and Haiden Bird, allowed the Storm to win the game.
The Highland Storm LL Peewee Canadian Tire then went to Gravenhurst on Sunday to face off against The Muskoka Bears CC Tatham. This game was a strong battle for both teams all game. At the end of the second the score was tied 1-1 but as the third period began the Muskoka Bears took the lead. The Storm tried to come back but unfortunately lost 2-1.
The Highland Storm LL Peewee Canadian Tire plays their next game on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11:15 a.m. in Gravenhurst against the Parry Sound Gibson H&C.
By Shawn Guild