Minor Hockey Updates
On Thursday, Nov. 1 the Highland Storm Pepper Mill Steak and Pasta House and Dollo’s Foodland Bantams travelled to Little Britain to face the Mariposa Lightning. The Lightning had many shots on net but were unable to get past the superior goaltending by Darion Maddock who again had another shutout. The Lightning couldn’t overpower the Storm with the Storm winning 3-0. Goals scored by Dylan Keefer (2) and Jackson Wilson. Next game is this Friday in Haliburton versing the Newcastle Stars at 7 p.m.
By Jessica Lloyd
The Haliburton Timber Mart and Haliburton Hockey Haven Sport Camp Highland Storm Novice rep team travelled to Burk’s Falls on Saturday for a double header against the Almaguin Ice Devils. After a lot of shuffling at centre ice, Henry Neilson broke through and put the first goal of the game on the board. Luke Gruppe placed the second goal in with a wrap around the net shot. The Ice Devils got one in the net with 20 seconds left in the first period. In the second, Neilson put one between the goalie’s legs. Storm goaltender, Carter Braun, made a wicked save on an Ice Devils breakaway shot. Back in the offensive end, the Ice Devils goalie went down prematurely, allowing Luke Gruppe to put one over his head. Evan Perrott stepped off the bench, picked up the loose puck at centre ice and scored, making it 5-1 with 0:22 left in second. Early in the third period, Perrott put another one on the board. Jack Tomlinson took it from the defensive zone and moved it all the way to the Devils net, then passed it to Gruppe who fired it in. Tomlinson again took the puck from the face off at centre ice and put another point on the board for the Storm. Gruppe received a quick pass in front of the net and tipped it in scoring his fourth goal of the game. Perrott then made his way to the Ice Devils end and earned himself a hat trick. The Storm dominated with a 10-1 win.
On to Game 2 of the day, in the first period of Game 2, Storm goaltender, Carter Braun, robbed the Ice Devils by catching a shot in his glove. Isaac Trotter stepped off the bench, got the puck and raised it in the Almaguin net. From inside the offensive zone, Evan Perrott made a clean pass to Jack Tomlinson at the point who fired the puck in the net. In the second period, during a four-on-four play, Braun made several awesome saves before the Ice Devils got one past him while he was down. During the third period, Max Rupnow passed the puck to Perrott at the blue line who fired it in. The Ice Devils retaliated with a breakaway goal. Henry Neilson took the puck the length of the ice and scored top shelf. With a backhanded shot from the corner, Max Rupnow placed a goal in the net. The Ice Devils stole another goal before Perrott would put one last goal in for the Storm, finishing the game with a 6-3 Storm win.
The Haliburton Timber Mart Highland Storm Novice rep team battled the Mariposa Lightning at the S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena on Sunday afternoon. The game was fast paced with few whistles. In the first period, Ethan DeCarlo sent a pass up to Isaac Trotter who fired the puck to Matt Scheffee. Scheffee took a nice shot on net that was deflected by the Lightning’s goalie. Mariposa tried to take advantage of a power play but the Storm’s goalie, Carter Braun, blocked the shots. With only a minute left in the first period, Mariposa stole a goal with a wraparound shot.
In the second period, Evan Perrott cleared the zone and sent a clean pass to Easton Burk who took it up for a shot on net. The Storm fought hard as most of the play was in their defensive zone. The aggressive back checking by the Storm defence, Jack Tomlinson, Ethan DeCarlo, and Jaxen Casey, held the offenders back. The Storm goaltender, Braun, continued to make great saves including robbing a shot by catching the puck in his glove.
In the third, Perrott took the puck from the defensive zone all the way down the ice for a shot on the Lightning net. Lots of scrambling in front of the Storm net resulted in a second goal for the Lightning. Henry Neilson made several strong shots on net, and Max Rupnow fought hard to move the puck up the ice. The Storm kept up their fight through the last few minutes of the game with six skaters on the ice. They set up passing plays from Tomlinson to Scheffee to Rupnow but the Storm did not get a point on the board, with a final score of 2-0 for the Mariposa Lightning.
Good luck to the team next weekend as they battle the Muskoka Rock and Woodville Hurricanes.
By Sara Gruppe
On Saturday, Nov. 3 the Walker’s Home Hardware LL Peewee 1 took on the Almaguin Ice Devils at the S. G. Nesbitt Arena in Minden. As both team battled for the puck, it was the Ice Devils that scored the first goal. Storm players were right on their tail with a goal of their own from Nathan Harrison. The second period was an exciting one with both sides having many shots on net. A nail biting breakaway from the Ice Devils was stopped by Aaron Neave. With only 40 seconds left of the period, Alex Hendry received a pass from Daniel Stephen to score the second goal of the game. Both teams battled back and forth throughout the third period but neither team was able to score another goal resulting in the Storm winning the game 2-1. Up next the Walker’s Home Hardware LL Peewee 1 team will be travelling to Huntsville on Nov. 10 at 10:40 a.m.
By Lisa Reinwald
LL Novice 2
On Saturday Nov. 3, the Dewayen Simms LL Novice 2 team travelled to Baysville to take on the Huntsville Davicor. The first period was full of back and forth action, with great defensive work and goaltending from the Storm. Storm took the lead as Mason Latanville buried one in the top corner during the first power play of the game. Latanville was quick to land his second of the game. The Storm wasn’t done, as McCartney Saunders made the score 3-0 with 56 seconds left in the first.
Latanville was on a mission to get his first hat trick of the season and he did just that in the start of the second. The Storm showed great teamwork and continued to make great passing plays with many shots on net. Near the end of the second, defenceman Travis Rowe saw his opportunity and came flying down the ice with lightning speed on his first breakaway of the season but couldn’t sneak it past the Davicor goalie.
The Davicor were able to sneak their first goal of the game in at the beginning of the third but Latanville was quick to answer back and buried his fourth of the game. In the last minute of play the Danivor scored, making the final score 5-2 Storm.
The Storm is back in action Saturday Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. as they take on South Muskoka Envotek in Gravenhurst.
By Stephanie Harrison
LL Novice 1
The Brightwoods Landscaping and Consulting LL Novice 1 team took to the ice against Huntsville Near North on Saturday, Nov. 3. The stands were full of cheering fans throughout this great action packed game.
The Storm took a quick lead in the first period scoring three goals in the first two minutes of play. Brody Hartwig landed two with an assist from Hunter Hamilton and Cruze Neave scoring; assisted by Gideon Borgdorff. Huntsville answered back with two goals of their own and Neave finished off the first period with a second goal, assisted by Zachary Prentice making the game 4-2 going into the second.
Storm dominated throughout the second period with Hartwig celebrating a hat trick with an assist from Borgdorff. And Hamilton scoring assisted from Neave ending the second in a 6-2 lead.
The third period started off with Huntsville getting a quick goal on a power play but Hartwig responded landing his fourth goal of the game assisted by Matthew Fairey and Prentice scored assisted by Neave. Hamilton ended the scoring off with his second goal assisted by Benton Lloyd making the final score 9-3. Carter Knapton made some great saves throughout the later part of the game to keep Storm’s lead strong!
By Cheryl Smith
On Nov. 4 the Canadian Tire Peewee LL team Highland travelled to Bracebridge to face the Parry Sound Peewee Harry No Frills team. Parry Sound took the lead scoring two goals making it 2-0 at the end of the period.
During the second period the Storm came out strong with the first goal being scored by Ethan Megrah-Poppe, assisted by Maria O’Malley and Andy Lippolis. Less than a minute later Nathan Guild scored his first goal, assisted by Faysal Wiso and Carter Stamp to tie up the game. The game was tied going into the third period but unfortunately Parry Sound came back strong ending the game with a 5-2 score over the Storm. A big shoutout to Carson Simms for his amazing goaltending stopping 26 shots on net. Come out and cheer on the Canadian Tire Peewee LL team on Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. in Haliburton when they take on South Muskoka.
By Shawn Guild
This past weekend the Ridgewood Ford and Castle Cottage County Building Supplies Atom A’s travelled to Burk’s Falls to face the waiting Almaguin Ice Devils. From puck drop the Storm applied consistent pressure moving the puck up the ice and they owned the neutral zone only giving up the puck a few times in the first period. Austin Latanville opened up the scoring with a beautiful pass from Deagan Davison for the first goal of the game. Shortly after Owen Sisson tapped in a rebound off a Josh Scheffee shot making that his second goal of the season. Unassisted goals by Jace Mills and Josh Scheffee followed. Austin Latanville fed Josh the puck once again allowing Josh to walk in and put it top shelf. The Storm found themselves on the penalty kill once again giving the Ice Devils every chance to catch up but two short handed goals were telling of the dominance. Caleb Manning assisted Liam Harrison for one more goal to end the third period with a final score of 6-1.
On Sunday the undefeated Durham Crusaders faced our Storm at A.J LaRue for the first time this season. Their quick forwards slid a puck under Chase Winder on a two-on-one. The Storm found themselves in the penalty box with four consecutive offensive zone penalties with one coming on a penalty kill. Storm defenceman Toby Posti fed the puck up the ice four times in a rally to get the play moving with his fifth pass connecting with Austin Latanville who then gifted Caleb Manning the perfect pass right at the doorstep to put the Storm on the board. Another quick rebound by Brady Burtch following up a Jace Mills wrist shot went in as the go ahead goal. With a minute to go Chase Winder froze the puck yet and while patiently waiting for the whistle the Crusaders stormed the net dislodging it for their tying goal. Not to be outdone, a quick timeout by coach Andrew Burtch resulted in a man advantage game winner as Austin Latanville stormed the net with 27.9 seconds remaining. Storm took the win with 3-2 final. The Storm Atom A’s are off to Pembroke this weekend for Atom Silver Stick tournament.
By Pasi Posti
On Saturday the GJ Burtch Construction Atoms hosted the South Muskoka HRC at the S.G. Nesbitt Arena in Minden. Despite their efforts the Storm found themselves pinned deep in their own end for most of the first. It wasn’t until late in the second that the Storm found the net. In a great display of grit and teamwork Taylor Mulock and Olivia Gruppe battled deep in their own end to retrieve the puck and send Eric Mueller off on a breakaway. Mueller made no mistakes beating South Muskoka’s goalie and getting the Storm on the board. As the third period drew to a close Mueller was streaking towards the net. He got knocked off the puck at the blueline and Isaac Borgdorff was right there to pick up the puck and put it behind the goalie with six seconds remaining. Unfortunately the Storm was unable to contain HRC’s offence and would drop this one 7-2.
Sunday the Storm travelled to Bracebridge to battle Parry Sound’s McNabb Home Building Atoms. The Storm played well, doing a lot of the little things right. Layne Robinson’s hustle would be a big part of him earning player of the game. The Storm however had a hard time finding Parry Sound’s net, losing the game 4-0.
Next weekend the GJ Burtch Atoms travel to Burk’s Falls to face off against the Almaguin Ice Devils at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
By Jamie Lloyd
The Bancroft IDA/Parkview Dental Midget girls Jets team had a win and a tie over the weekend.
On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Jets headed to Cobourg to face the West Northumberland Wild. The team was awarded a win for their hard work and fast paced play. The final score was 2-1. Gabby Burnett scored the goals and Liv Martin assisted on both.
Sunday, Nov. 4, saw the Jets host the Otonabee Wolverines on home ice. Both teams exchanged opportunities going end to end the entire game. The end result was a tie 2-2. Burnett started off the Jets early in the first period with a pass at centre ice from teammate Drew Rupnow. Burnett then came off the wing, into the centre and fired a shot five hole against Keene’s goalie. In the second period, Gillian Rosik made a stick to stick pass to Victoria Shpikula who then was able to come through the centre and put the puck into the top corner of the opponent’s net.
Chloe Burnett was solid and consistent minding the net for the Jets and made some incredible blocker saves throughout both games.
Come out, help celebrate and cheer the Jets on next Saturday, Nov. 10 at Girls Hockey Day at the NHCC as they face the Peterborough Ice Kats at 4:30 p.m.
By Linda Goulet