Double trouble for bantam Jets
The following are minor hockey dispatches for the past week.
On Saturday afternoon the Parkview Dental/Canadian Tire Jets travelled to Keene to take on the first place Otonabee Wolverines.
Early into the first period, Hannah McMann scored a beautiful five hole goal and was assisted by Kendra Bandy.
Both teams played hard and battled back and forth during the second period which ended with no goals scored for either team.
The third saw similar play as in the second period, with both teams determined and applying pressure. The Wolverines evened the score and then added a second goal on a power play. The Jets pulled their goalie in an effort to score and unfortunately the Wolverines secured the win with a final goal at eight seconds. Good effort for the Jets and Courtney Semach who minded the net resulting in a score of 3-1 in favour of the Wolverines.
Sunday morning saw the Jets hit the road again, this time to Oakwood to face their opponents the Lyndsay Lynx.
Again, the Jets skated and played hard throughout the game, ending in a tie 1-1.
Olivia Martin scored the lone goal for the team. Semach played a strong and consistent game between the pipes.
The team will be hitting the ice to practice for the upcoming playoff/playdown games. The first playdown game will be Feb. 5, in Peterborough against the Ice Kats.
Submitted by Linda Goulet
Tykes play busy tourney
On Saturday, Jan. 28 the tyke team split themselves into two teams of seven and played in a three-on-three tournament in Parry Sound. Playing six games each in such a short timeframe allowed every player to demonstrate their spectacular stamina. Each team had five wins and one loss at the end of the tournament. Goaltending was shared among Taylor Mullock, Evan Perrot, Vanek Logan and Leighton Nesbitt. Every member on the team contributed 100 per cent of their effort and we couldn’t be more proud. They each came out as winners of the tournament in the A division and had to play each other for the finals. The finals consisted of a tie and left each team a winner for the Highland Storm. Awesome day, tykes!
Make sure to come out next Sunday, Feb. 5 for the tyke game in Haliburton at 10 a.m. Go, Storm, go!
Submitted by Tamara Bain
Novices strong against Stars
On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Haliburton Timber Mart/Canadian Tire Highland Storm novice team rolled into Newcastle to take on the Stars in Game 3 of the playoffs. The Storm scored in the first minute of the first period, setting the tone for what was to come. By the end of the first period the Storm were on top 4-0 due to excellent passing, skating and offensive pressure. The Stars came back with two goals of their own in the second but the Storm answered with another of their own. The Storm played an excellent defensive third period with strong checking, solid positional play and superb goaltending sealing the deal and earning the Storm a 5-2 road victory. Way to go, team, on a great game!
On Sunday, the Haliburton Timber Mart/Canadian Tire Highland Storm novice team hosted the Newcastle Stars for Game 4 of playoff action at the A.J. LaRue Community Centre. The Storm were looking to end the series with a win on home ice. From the opening puck drop the Storm were relentless in their offensive pressure and attack, scoring first and often. Excellent defensive pressure minimized the scoring opportunities of the Stars and led to more turnovers for the Storm. The final tally was 10-1 for the Storm, sending them on to round two of the playoffs. A strong offensive performance by McLean Rowden helped the Storm seal the deal. Way to go, Storm, on advancing to the next round. Another great team performance with all players contributing to the weekend success. The Haliburton Timber Mart/Canadian Tire Highland Storm Novice team will face the Sturgeon Thunder in round two with dates and times to be announced.
Submitted by Janice Scheffee
Atoms advance in playoffs
On Jan. 27 The Cottage Country Building Supplies/Ridgewood Ford Highland Storm atoms hosted the Durham Crusaders for the first playoff game. The first period was fast with both teams playing hard. The Crusaders scored the first goal halfway through the period but the Storm came back with Kadin Card scoring a goal at the front of the net and then he scored a stellar breakaway goal and the game was 2-1. The second period was quiet until with two minutes left Austin Boylan scored his first goal. The game was 3-1 going into the third. It started with a hat trick goal by Kadin Card, followed by a second goal by Austin Boylan. The Crusaders got their second goal right after. Next Logan Tripp took a slap shot and Aiden Perrott tipped it in for a goal. Next Austin Boylan scored two back to back making four goals for the game and the score is 8-2. But then things started to fall apart and the Crusaders scored four goals in four minutes and the score was 8-6. Aiden Perrott got an empty net goal and the final score was 9-6. Shout out to Taylor Consack on his excellent goaltending.
On Jan. 28 The Cottage Country Building Supplies/Ridgewood Ford Highland Storm atoms travelled to Whitby for the second playoff game versus the Durham Crusaders. The first period started off slow but with 25 seconds left Austin Boylan scored the first goal of the game. The second period start with Aiden Perrott dangling the puck past the goalie making it a 2-0. Followed by a wrap around goal by Addison Carr. And with only one second left in the period Austin Boylan scored his second goal and the score was 4-0 going into the third. The third period started with Kadin Card making a pass up to Aiden Perrott while getting tripped by a Crusader player but before the refs could make the call Perrott scored his second goal and the score was 5-0. Halfway through Addison Carr scored his second goal of the game and then scored his hat trick goal with three minutes left and made the final score 7-0. Taylor Consack saved 27 shots on his first shutout of the season! Way to go, Taylor!
On Jan. 28 The Cottage Country Building Supplies/Ridgewood Ford Highland Storm atoms hosted the Durham Crusaders for the third playoff game. This game was a nail biter. The Storm were the first to put a goal on the scoreboard this goal was scored by Kadin Card. But the Crusaders answered back and at the end of the first period the score was 1-1. The second period both teams did not let up. The Crusaders scored their second goal, followed by their third. However Storm wasn’t giving up. Addison Carr scored his first goal followed by his second and the game was tied 3-3. By now everyone was on the edge of their seat, just waiting to see who was going to be the first to score. And that team would be The Crusaders, but the Highland Storm wanted the win. So with five minutes left Avery Degeer wound up and shot the puck from the blue line, and scored right top corner to tie the game and with only a minute left Addison Carr scored his hat trick goal to win the game and advance his team into the next round of playoffs. Way to go, Aaron Neave, on a good game in net and Congratulations Cottage Country Building Supplies/Ridgewood Ford Highland Storm atoms on advancing into the next round.
Submitted by Amber Card
Midget girls first in eastern loop
The Bancroft I.D.A./Red Eagle Family Campground midget B girls hosted the gritty Keene Wolverines Sunday afternoon in Bancroft to wrap up their last regular season game. The Jets had already secured first place in their eastern loop and a first round bye in their league play-offs but still wanted to finish with a strong performance. A slow start by both squads kept the game close, and scoreless until late in the first period when Sara Switzer broke the goose egg tie with a low shot and deflection past the Keene tender. The Wolverines battled back and capitalized on some sloppy defensive play by the Jets in the second period and netted two markers to take a 2-1 lead. Bancroft continued their pressure on the Wolverines in third, trying to find an answer to the Keene net-minder. With just 0.1 seconds left on the clock, Danielle Sunstrum tied the game at 2-2 with a wrister that snuck through the Keene defence and past the Keene goalie. The tie gave the Jets a regular season record of 15-2-5, first place in their eastern loop and a first round bye in their league play-offs. The Jets will play the winner between Keene and Ennismore in their second round of league playoffs starting sometime after Feb. 19. Bancroft is also working on finalizing their provincial playdown schedule against Cold Creek, Ennismore and West Northumberland. Good luck, Jets, in your second half of the season.
And a special good-bye to Ashley Challinor as she embarks on a student exchange to Spain. We wish you a wonderful experience! Send postcards and follow us online.
Submitted by Dan Marsden
Peewee girls undefeated
Leveque Brothers/Rock Breakers peewee girls finish the regular season undefeated with a 4-0 win over the Ennismore Eagles on Saturday. Having watched Ennismore greatly improve over their season the Jets had to be in game mode from the start. With three minutes left in the first period Elyse Ives opened the scoring for the Jets with a quick shot, assisted by Avery Coens. Before the period ended Olivia Villamere gave the Jets a two-goal lead going in to the second, assisted by Trista Young and Emily Alexander. With lots of pressure in the Eagles end the Jets kept coming hard and were not willing to let up. Peyton Armstrong scored a pair of goals to put the Jets up 4-0 going into the third, assists going to Coens, Ives and Alexander. Ennismore pressured back but Bella Smolen turned away their shots to secure herself the shutout for the last regular season game. The Jets get a bye for first round of playoffs and will await the winner of Cold Creek vs Lindsay but they will start their playdown games at home on Saturday Feb. 4 in Haliburton at 1 p.m. Come cheer the girls on as they drive for a berth in provincials.
Submitted by Melissa Armstrong
Midget A boys had strong season
The Highlander/Smolen Family Dentistry Storm midget A team played Game 3 of the first round of playoffs in Parry Sound Saturday, Jan. 28. This was a do-or-die game for the Storm and they played exactly like it was, but Parry Sound sealed the series with a 3-1 win.
The game began fast-paced and action-packed. The Storm team worked extremely hard offering some entertaining back-and-forth hockey. Luck just wasn’t on their side and they gave up three goals, one in each period and all while killing off a penalty. The Storm team did everything they could to score and never gave up hope. Their efforts were clear, as they kept pushing. With nine seconds left in the game and series, Andrew Hall brought the puck into the Shamrocks’ end and passed it to Owen Patterson-Smith. He moved in and went behind the net to attempt a wrap around, shot after shot, Matt Manning finally got it in with nine seconds left in the game. It was a respectable end to the series, with the Storm losing 3-1. A huge thanks to all the players for a great year, for some boys, it was their last year playing for Highland Storm. Thanks to the bench staff for all their time and effort, coach James Reilly, assistant couch Jamie Dollo, trainer Greg Turner, assistant trainer Monte Miscio, and manager Shannon Walker. Last, thanks to the parents for their time and dedication to the game of hockey and to their kids.
Submitted by Suzanne Haedicke