Minor hockey reports
The following are submitted hockey briefs.
Published Jan. 17, 2017
Novices battle Stars in playoffs
On Saturday, Jan. 14 the Haliburton Timber Mart/Canadian Tire Highland Storm novice team travelled to Newcastle to take on the Stars in game one of the playoffs. From the opening puck drop the Storm were relentless in their pursuit of the puck and defensive play. The Storm opened the scoring and never looked back. Excellent passing, defence and positional play led to a dominant win for the Storm. Great teamwork and an excellent start to the playoffs. Goals were scored by Liam Harrison, Brechin Johnston, Jace Mills and McLean Rowden. Superb goaltending by Chase Winder led to a shutout. Way to go, team, on a big win!
The Haliburton Timber Mart/Canadian Tire Highland Storm novice team hosted the Muskoka Rock for their last league game of the season on Sunday, Jan. 15, in Haliburton. The Storm scored first and continued to apply offensive pressure to the Rock resulting in more scoring opportunities. Excellent defence kept the Rock outside the offensive zone, minimizing their scoring chances. Storm goals were scored by Liam Harrison, Evan Jones, Jacob Lloyd and Josh Scheffee. Excellent goaltending by Hudson Horsley sealed the deal on the 4-1 novice win. Way to go, team!
After a short rest, the Haliburton Timber Mart/Canadian Tire Highland Storm Novice team were back in action hosting the Newcastle Stars for game two of the playoffs. The Stars came out hard and lit up the scoreboard first forcing the Storm to dig deep and respond. A goal from Liam Harrison tied it up but the Storm were unable to contain the fire power of the Stars and dropped this one 4-1. Better luck next time, Storm. The novice team is back in action next weekend when they head to Port Carling for the MPS Novice tournament. Playoff action resumes when the Storm return to Newcastle Jan. 28. Good luck, team!
Submitted by Janice Scheffee
Peewees play hard against Rock
On Sunday, Jan. 15 the JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports/Haliburton Family Medical Centre peewees took on the Muskoka Rock in Minden. Both teams battled back and forth for the first two periods with the score still at zero going into the third. The Muskoka Rock managed to score two in the third with the Storm playing hard and giving their all. They just couldn’t get on the board and the Rock took the game 2-0. The peewees head to Bracebridge on Saturday, Jan. 21, to participate in the MPS play-down tournament first game is at 1:30 vs the Parry Sound Shamrocks and then at 4:30 vs the South Muskoka Bears.
Submitted by Ron Hall
Peewee girls bring home gold
The Leveque Brothers/Rock Breakers peewee girls travelled to Orillia this past weekend to participate in the 21st annual Orillia Hawks Tournament. Friday saw the girls matched up against their division rivals the Peterborough Ice Kats. The Ice Kats were not going to make the game easy on us first thing in the morning as they challenged the girls on every play. Getting the jetlag out finally in the second period the Jets found the scoreboard first by a beauty goal scored by Emma Tidey and assisted by Olivia Villamere and Ava Smith. Having the first game jitters out of the way, Tidey potted three more goals to lift the Jets to their first victory of the weekend with a final score of 4-1. Assists went to Trista Young, Mackenzie Hudder, Megan Jenkins and Ryan Rupnow.
The second game of the day saw them face off against the Temaskiming Puckhounds. In an easier matchup the Jets came out firing on all cylinders with two goals in each period for the second win of the day by a score of 6-1. Goals scored by Elyse Ives, Rupnow, Hailey Hudder, Peyton Armstrong, Jenkins and M. Hudder. Assists go to Armstrong (2), Ives, Rupnow, Chloe Billings, Smith, Villamere and Young. With that win it put the Jets into the quarter finals Saturday night.
Saturday night saw them take on the Puckhounds yet again in an elimination game. The Puckhounds changed up their game play and were a force to be reckoned with. On the edge-of-the-seat style game no goals were scored from either side entering the third period. That came to a quick end when Villamere scored a perfect goal to wake the Jets up and get their adrenaline going, assists going to H. Hudder and Ives. Before the game ended two more snipers stepped up to give the girls their third win of the tournament. Goals scored by Armstrong and Tidey, assisted by M. Hudder and Jenkins.
Sunday morning was a do-or-die semi-final game against Brockville. This game saw a lot more aggressive play but the Jets remained calm with the puck and secured their place in the gold medal game with a score of 3-0. Goals scored by Armstrong (2) and Tidey with assists going to Ives, Jenkins and Rupnow.
The gold medal game saw the Jets facing off against the Kitchener Rangers in a rematch from a tournament earlier in the season that saw the girls on the losing end and they were out for revenge. This game proved to live up to the hype with some great passing, amazing rushes and all shots being turned away at both ends. After three periods and one five-minute overtime the score remained zeros on both sides and headed to a shootout. Lots of eyes were peeking through hands in the crowd as they saw the three shooters from each side take their spot one after the other to face off against the opposing goalie. With Elyse Ives’ lone top shelf peanut butter shootout goal and Bella Smolen, the Jets amazing netminder, turning away all three Kitchener shooters, the crowd went crazy as the girls celebrated their gold medal victory. This weekend saw all the girls play as a team, win as a team and celebrate as a team. Great work, girls, and thanks for bringing home the bling.
Submitted by Melissa Armstrong
Silver medal finish for midget B girls
The Bancroft I.D.A./Red Eagle Family Campground midget B girls travelled to Orillia this weekend, using the Sunshine Tourney to help them gear up for their end of the season wrap-up and their forge into league playoffs and provincial play-downs. On Friday night, they faced off against the Hamilton Hawks in their pool play. Jamie Little opened the scoring midway through the first period with a half-clapper from the point. The Hawks capitalized early in the second to tie the game at 1-1 stuffing home a bouncing puck in the Bancroft end. The Jets continued to pressure Hamilton and with less than a minute in the game, Kenndal Marsden picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and slipped a sweet wrister inside the blocker-side far post to give Bancroft the 2-1 win. In game two, a 10 p.m. late night tilt against the home team Orillia Hawks, Jamie Little opened the scoring again, early in the first with another half-clapper from the high slot. Orillia tied the game at 1-1 with a deflected wrister that found its way into the back of the net with just seconds left in the first. Both squads continued to battle, with the Jets having the bulk of the chances, to try to find the tie-breaking goal but neither side could find the twine. The tie game gave Bancroft a Saturday bye to another 10 p.m. late night game in the semi-finals. On Saturday night, Bancroft met the North York Storm at the Rama Rink.The Jets opened the scoring early in the first period with Tori Shpikula finishing of a sweet 2-1 pass from Kenndal Marsden. Bancroft’s first period pressure continued to frustrate North York and Jules Croskery capitalized, putting a goal-mouth scramble marker up on the board. The 2-0 Bancroft lead energized the game into an aggressive and spirited battle as the Storm tried to stay close. Stellar defence and focused team play stymied any North York attack. Bailey Wiltshire put the game out of reach with an empty net 3-0 wrister from the point with less than a minute to play. The Storm did manage to spoil Katie Hoover’s shutout with a goal mouth tally with just seconds left in the game.
Looking to build on their spirited effort from the previous night, the Jets took flight in the championship game against the Puckhounds from Temiskaming on Sunday afternoon. Bancroft fell behind 1-0 late in the first period on a defensive breakdown and then 2-0 with a goal-mouth scramble that Temiskaming stuffed into the net midway through the second period. The Jets could not find a way to get on the scoreboard and the Puckhounds put the game out of reach late in the third with an empty net goal. Great tourney, girls, to face some new teams as we push our way into the league playoffs and provincial play-downs. Use this last tough battle and silver medal finish to fuel the tanks for the rest of the regular season and beyond. The Jets’ next home game is Saturday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. in Haliburton when they host the Lindsay Lynx and then Sunday, Jan 29 at 4:30 p.m. when they host the Keene Wolverines.
Submitted by Dan Marsden
Midget A’s grapple with Otters, begin playoffs
The Highlander midget A Storm team finally played the last regular season game against the Huntsville Otters Friday, Jan. 13 in Haliburton. It was a tough game from the start and resulted in a 7-4 loss for the Storm. The regular season respectably ended with 12 wins, four losses and two ties.
The Otters took the lead early in the game with two quick unanswered goals. The Storm team got on the board during a man advantage. It began with a nice rush by Owen Patterson-Smith. He gave a sweet drop pass to Chris Thompson who snapped it in for the first Storm goal. A few minutes later the Otters answered back with a goal, making it 3-1. The Storm picked up some momentum nearing the end of the first, while on a power play. Owen Patterson-Smith came around the net and fooled the goalie with a backhanded shot. Help from Shawn Walker and Andrew Hall, ending the first 3-2 for the Otters. The second period began and it was another quick couple of goals against the Storm, now 5-2. A pass by Lucas Haedicke gave Owen Patterson-Smith the lead and he went full speed and beat the goalie with a great shot. That goal gave the Storm some drive and they used it. Ryan Prentice fed Jon Morrison the puck and he push hard along the boards. He fought his way through the defence and chipped it in, closing the gap to 5-4. That ended the second period and was all that the Storm could do against the Otters. The third period was tough and the Otters calmed the Storm with two more goals and that ended the game 7-4.
The Highlander Storm midget A team began the MPS playoffs against the South Muskoka Bears Saturday morning. It was an incredibly entertaining game that ended after 5-3 minute overtime periods of three on three. The Storm team successfully captured the 4-3 win in period eight with a breakaway by Lucas Haedicke.
The first period offered lots of back and forth action and remained scoreless. The second period was rough with frustration. The Bears scored while on a two-man advantage. Minutes later, they caught the Storm off guard and rushed in for a short-handed goal and that ended the second period, 2-0. Early in the third period, the Storm dominated during a power play. Andrew Hall patiently moved along the blue line and waited for the ideal time to shoot, making it 2-1. Shortly after, the Storm worked aggressively hard and earned another goal. It was Andrew Hall once more, moving along the blue line, looking for the opening, he found it and tied the game. Help came from Owen Patterson-Smith and Owen Gilbert on both goals. The Storm got a major boost that delivered the go-ahead goal. Owen Patterson-Smith led the rush, manoeuvred in and then shot it over to Owen Gilbert, who was ready to top corner the puck. That made it 3-2 for the Storm. Minutes later, the Bears tied it up and that led into overtime. Non-stop, three minutes of three-on-three, it was a nail biter. The exhaustion was clear as each player worked hard end to end. It was the eighth period when fresh legs came on and Lucas Haedicke headed for the puck. He pushed along the boards to free the puck and took off on a breakaway, with his opponent at his heels. He drove straight to the net and found the opening to seal the win for the Storm team. A memorable moment for everyone as the entire team worked hard for this win.
Submitted by Suzanne Haedicke