Peewee girls head to provincials
The following are dispatches for the Highland Storm and the Jets.
The Leveque Brothers/Rock Breakers peewee girls secured their spot in the provincials with their 6-0 win Saturday over the Ennismore Eagles. Elyse Ives fired one by the Eagles’ goalie just a minute into the first period setting the tone for the remainder of the game. Assists going to Hailey Hudder and Peyton Armstrong. Not long after the first goal, Armstrong followed it up with one of her own assisted by Ryan Rupnow. Before the first period ended Olivia Villamere increased the Jets lead by three with the assists going to Trista Young and Ava Smith. The last two periods saw some more action at the net with three more goals added to the total. Goals scored by Rupnow (2) and Megan Jenkins, assists to Smith (2), Armstrong and Villamere.
With the security of top place in our pool the Jets headed to Frankford to take on the aggressive Cold Creek Comets. It had been a few months since these two teams met and the girls were not going into the game lightly. In what proved to be a very fast paced, body contact style game the Jets finally broke the 0-0 tie midway through the third with a beautiful unassisted goal by Emma Tidey. The Jets managed to hold onto the one-goal lead and win 1-0 to give them the undefeated playdown season.
The girls will face the Lindsay Lynx Tuesday and Thursday for a best two out of three series for playoffs and a spot in the Lower Lakes Championship Weekend.
Submitted by Melissa Armstrong
Midget girls advance to playoff finals
The Bancroft I.D.A./Red Eagle Family Campground midget B girls advanced to their LLFHL Eastern loop playoff finals on Saturday night with 1-0 win over the Keene Wolverines. The second round win was a gritty game two tilt with both teams battling the Jets trying to win to take the four-point series in two games – and Keene trying to win to force another do-or-die game three. After a scoreless first period, Kenndal Marsden finished off a nice feed from Tori Shpikula with a quick snap shot from the slot that eluded the Wolverine tender midway through the second period. The goal proved to be the difference in the game as Katie Hoover stopped all Keene attempts to try and tie the game. The 1-0 hard-working shut-out win advanced the Jets into the third round eastern loop playoff finals where they will take on the Cold Creek Comets who eliminated the Lindsay Lynx. Keep up the focused efforts, Jets, as you work towards your goal of the LLFHL championship weekend the end of March, in combination with your advancement into the all-Ontario provincial championship the first weekend in April stay focused and keep working hard, girls!
Submitted by Dan Marsden
Storm loses to Muskies
On Saturday, March 4, the Cottage Country Building Supplies/Ridgewood Ford Highland Storm atom travelled to Lindsay to face the Lindsay Muskies in an exhibition game. The Storm played hard but lost 6-1. Goal was scored by Aiden Perrott. The Atom team’s next game is March 11 in OPS at noon against the Kawartha Coyotes.
Submitted by Amber Card
Bantam girls celebrate six points in three play-down games
On Thursday evening, the Jets played on home ice against the Peterborough Ice Kats and won the game 8-0.
Starting off the scoring blitz for the Jets was Olivia Martin and Carling Pepin, both goals unassisted. Also adding singles were Marissa Cannon, Kendra Bandy, Hannah McMann, and Emma Neuman. Assists went to Paige Billings, Beth Brownlee, Mackala O’Connor and Haley Goulet. O’Connor scored two more goals before the final buzzer with both assists going to Bandy. Courtney Semach earned the shut out minding the net for the Jets.
Saturday saw the team travel to Keene to challenge the first place Otonabee Wolverines. The game was fast paced with a great display of hockey skills from both teams.
Early into the first period, and the first goal of the game was scored by Paige Billings with a sharp shooter shot from the blue line, assisted by Beth Brownlee.
Halfway through the first, Haley Goulet added to the scoreboard and found an opening in the five hole, assisted again by Brownlee. Hannah McMann had the final goal of the game when she snapped one off of the bar and in, assisted by Emma Neuman.
Shutting down the Wolverines with an excellent array of goaltending skills was Courtney Semach who minded the net for the Jets, securing a shutout. Final score Jets 3, Wolverines 0.
Sunday afternoon saw the team host the Wolverines for another nail-biting match on home ice. Both teams skated hard exchanging chances at both ends of the rink throughout the first and second periods. With the game being even going into the third, and with the fans on the edge of their seats, Mackala O’Connor pumped the first goal of the game past the Wolverines’ goalie, assisted by Beth Brownlee. Both teams once again then battled back and forth and with a minute and a half on the clock, the opponents pulled their goalie in an effort to tie the game. With 24 seconds remaining, Olivia Martin got hold of the puck, skated and scored with an empty netter giving the Jets a 2-0 win over Otonabee. Courtney Semach once again made some amazing saves and shut down the opposing team earning another shutout.
In an effort to secure a spot at provincials, the Jets will travel to Ennismore to face the Eagles, Tuesday at 6 p.m. and on Wednesday, to Apsley to play the Cold Creek Comets in a late night 9 p.m. game. Good luck, Jets!
Submitted by Linda Goulet
Tykes take on the Rocks
Saturday, March 4 was a back-and-forth match against the Muskoka Rocks tyke team. The Highland Storm team kept putting pressure on their offensive lines to keep the puck out of our end. Starting the goals off was Henry Neilson, assisted by Deagan Davison in the first period. The Rocks came back with two goals ending the first period up. Vanek Logan started the second period off with an amazing goal, assisted by Leighton Nesbitt. Scoring soon after was Davison, assisted by Jaxen Casey. Kemauhl Casey-Russell ended off the period adding another point, assisted by Davison. The tykes went into the third period tied to the Rocks 4-4. Evan Perrot, assisted by Nesbitt, scored right away in the third period. Ending the game with two minutes left Davison scored on a breakaway. Taylor Mulock played net for the first time and played tremendously. The tykes were unable to come out with a win and ended with a score of 8-6.
Right back at in on Sunday, March 5, the tykes played the Huntsville Otters. The defence played their best game yet, always putting pressure of the Otters’ offence causing them to make mistakes. Zach Prentice, Evan Perrott, Ethan DeCarlo and Matthew Scheffee shined throughout the whole game. Vanek Logan, assisted by Kemauhl Casey-Russell put the Storm on the scoreboard in the first period. Going into the third only one point behind, the team played hard. Skating and putting pressure on the Otters, Logan, assisted by Prentice scored in the middle of the third period. Taylor Mulock played another amazing game in net and sure showed her dedication to the tykes. Way to go, Storm. Make sure to come out to their home Bernie Nicholls tournament on March 11 and 12 at the Nesbitt Arena at 8 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. to cheer the tykes on. Go Storm go!
Submitted by Tamara Bain