Minor hockey updates for the week ending Feb. 17
Published Feb. 19, 2019
This past weekend the Ridgewood Ford and Cottage Country Building Supplies Atom A team played games two and three of their second round playoff series. Game 1 was an afternoon start in Minden and following a Novice win the Storm Atoms were looking for a similar result.
Moments after puck drop the Storm was on fire as a crisp breakout pass up the middle by Toby Posti set up a fast moving rush headed deep into Wolves’ territory. Austin Latanville timed his backhand saucer pass to Josh Scheffee who found an open short side for the first goal of the game.
The Storm would go on and trade goals back and forth with the Wolves to make the game interesting. Goals by Parker Simms assisted by Scheffee and Liam Harrison and an unassisted Jace Mills marker had the game tied at three.
A fourth Wolves goal happened with a well timed shift change where an elusive forward managed to sneak in behind Storm defence all alone ending the effort as a 4-1 Storm loss.
The Family Day weekend series continued in Shelburne on Sunday and the Atoms came to play. An intense forecheck led to yet another chaotic goal by Deagan Davison assisted by Evan Jones who worked hard to make it happen.
A second goal by MacLean Rowden lit the lamp as a rebound from an Austin Latanville shot that was too much for the Wolves netminder to handle. On the power play Jace Mills redirected a tight angle shot attempt by Josh Scheffee to make the score 3-1 in the second.
The game was tied at three headed into the third period. Josh Scheffee took another shot and missed the net to our benefit as Evan Jones was right at the back door picking up the behind the net bounce and banging it in the net.
Chase Winder denied multiple chances including a definitive wrap around attempt that would have had the Storm chasing the lead.
Goal number five was all about Caleb Manning’s rush up through the neutral zone on his own ending in the paint as he lifted the puck over a seemingly tamed Wolves goalie breaking the tie. With the net empty both Parker Simms and Jace Mills sailed wrist shots right on target from down the ice. Final score of 7-4.
Catch the Atoms in action in Haliburton this upcoming Saturday for a 5:30 p.m. start as they fight to tie up the series.
By Pasi Posti
Congratulations to the Highlander and Ed Smolen Family Dentistry Highland Storm Midgets as they move onto the semi-finals by winning the series 3-1, against the Stayner Cyclones. The Midgets travelled to Stayner for Game 4, Feb. 16 and demolished the Cyclones 5-0. The Storm wasted no time and took control of the game from the start. They put the pressure on and kept it on.
Early in the first period, Smith scored on a power play, with help from Dollo. A few minutes later, MacNaull chipped in the second goal, assisted by Dollo and Smith. The second period was no different, the Storm dominated every play. The Cyclones retaliated and the period was filled with penalties. Dollo got the next goal by manoeuvring nicely from deep in the Storm’s end and found the opening.
The Storm took advantage of a power play and made it a 4-0 game with seconds left on the clock. Give and go action led to the stick of Dollo and his point shot scored, ending the second period.
The third period had a busy penalty box, as the Cyclones’ frustration grew. Midway through, Haedicke finished things off when he picked up the rebound from Clements shot and made it 5-0.
Great job to the entire team, Sisson was outstanding in net, each player did their part and contributed to the victory.
By Suzanne Haedicke
On Thursday, Feb. 14, the JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports/Haliburton Family Medical Centre Highland Storm Peewee A hosted the Shelburne Wolves in Game 2 of the quarter finals. It was a close 2-1 win for the Storm. Goals were scored by Cooper Coles and Addison St Cyr. The Peewee A team’s next game is on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. in Shelburne where they hope to sweep the series in Game 3.
By Amber Card
The Haliburton TimberMart/Haliburton Hockey Haven Sports Camp Novice Reps played their third game against the Shelburne Wolves on Saturday in Minden. The Storm was up two games and just needed one more win to move on but the Wolves proved they weren’t going down without a fight.
There were many back and forth plays in the first period but no goals scored. Near the end of the second, Isaac Trotter picked up a fumbling puck in front of the net and fired in the first goal for the Storm. Luke Gruppe scored a similar goal in the third, followed by a top left shot in front of the net by Henry Neilson.
The Storm took the game with a 3-0 win and they will move on to the semi-finals. Congratulations to goalie Carter Braun for his shutout and good luck to the team in the next round!
By Sara Gruppe
On Saturday, the LL Peewee Home Hardware team travelled to Burk’s Falls to take on the Almaguin Ice Devils. Storm came strong in the first period scoring three quick goals with Nathan Harrison starting the scoring assisted by Wyatt Raposo.
Daniel Stephen scored an unassisted goal. Weston Bowker scored assisted by Emery Bagshaw. The Storm’s scoring continued with Raposo scoring assisted by Harrison. Almaguin managed to get one with three minutes left of the first to which the Storm responded with two more unassisted goals by Harrison and Stephen.
In the second, the Storm did allow any goals against them but saw two more unassisted goals by Stephen and Raposo. Alex Hendry scored us other point assisted by Mikayla Sisson. Bagshaw finished the second period with a goal assisted by Raposo.
Almaguin was able to get one more in the third but the Storm’s Stephen added two more, making the final score 12-2 for the Storm! Next Saturday, Walkers Home Hardware Peewees travel to Gravenhurst to play South Muskoka at 11:15 a.m.
By Marita Bagshaw
Novice 2 LL
The Dewayen Simms Construction LL Novice 2 travelled to Bracebridge on Saturday, Feb. 16 to battle the South Muskoka Envotek.
It was an action-packed back and forth game. Envotek was first on the scoreboard and took a 2-0 lead early in the second. Mason Latanville tied the game up with two unassisted goals in the end of the second.
Latanville landed himself another hat trick early in the third, with an assist going to Brycen Harrison. Envotek tied it back up a minute later. With a minute and 30 seconds left in the game Harrison landed one in the net, with assists going to Latanville and Colten Simms.
Thirty seconds later McCartney Saunders landed himself an unassisted goal, helping the Storm take a 5-3 lead. With 21 seconds left of the game Envotek snuck another goal in. Final score 5-4 Storm.
The LL Novice 2 is back in action with their final two games of the season.
Saturday Feb. 23 they travel to Huntsville to take on the Huntsville Near North at 9:50 a.m. and host the South Muskoka Envotek on Sunday, Feb. 24 in Minden at 12 p.m.
By Stephanie Harrison
On Saturday, the Storm Tyke team had their Bernie Nicholls home tournament in Haliburton.
At 8:40 a.m. they played their first game against the Lakefield Chiefs. The Storm ended up with eight wicked goals led by Nixon Ecclestone and Rowan Johnson. Great defensive plays were made by Blake Hutchinson only allowing Lakefield four goals!
Storm took to the ice again at 11 a.m. against Manvers Mustangs. Storm led the scoring with Ecclestone scoring five goals and Matthew Mueller scoring at hat trick, Johnson scoring two more, Nash Wilson scoring one and Kelson Bagshaw scoring one.
More great defensive plays were evident by Cooper Gilbert allowing only six goals against. The Storm’s last game of the day was against the Lindsay Muskies where goalie Jackson Robichaud earned his first shutout of the year!
The Storm’s goals were scored by Brady Burke, Eccleston, Mueller, Johnson totalling 21 goals in 40 minutes of play!
The Tyke team plays Saturday in Bracebridge at 9 a.m. against South Muskoka. Sunday they are in Port Carling for a fun day!
By Marita Bagshaw