Minor hockey dispatches for the week

The following are submitted hockey dispatches about teams based in the county and area.

Published Jan. 30 2018

Midgets victorious

The Highlander and Smolen Family Dentistry Midget team finished off the Wasaga Stars by winning both games this weekend. An easy first round for the Midgets. The Storm won 5-2 Saturday Jan. 27 and 8-2 Sunday Jan. 28 this sends them to the second round of playoffs. The Storm came on strong from the start Saturday afternoon and took a 1-0 lead. Boice picked up Patterson-Smith’s rebound for the first goal. Shortly after the Stars managed to tie it up. Gilbert took a pass from Morissette

and headed in to expertly top corner the second goal for the Storm ending the first period. Flood snuck one by the goalie in the second period making it a 3-1 game. Shortly after the Stars took advantage of a power play and closed the gap 3-2. The action continued in the third period. Lucas Haedicke won a faceoff in the Stars’ end and made a quick pass to Morissette he easily chipped it in and widened the gap to 4-2. Boice secured the win with an open netter ending the game 5-2. The Storm team came out pumped and confident the next day. It began with a pass from Manning that sent Patterson-Smith on a breakaway for the first goal. Shortly after it was Patterson-Smith’s hard rush that delivered the puck to Boice he eagerly banged in the second goal. The Storm continued to dominate the second period. During a power play Lucas Haedicke worked his way along the boards controlling the puck and sent it off to Boice for another goal. The Stars got away with one making it 3-

1. Hats off to Boice his third goal was a top corner beauty help from Manning. The Storm team kept the pressure on. Jacob Haedicke’s long pass found Patterson-Smith he manoeuvred into the Stars end and made a perfectly timed pass to open Manning now 5-1 for the Storm. Minutes later the Stars diming Manning makes it 6-1. The Stars got lucky with another goal but the Storm answered back with two more. The Haedicke brothers teamed up for the next goal and Flood’s hard slap shot finishes the game a victorious 8-2 win.

Cheer on Atom AE

On Saturday Jan. 27 the G.J. Burtch Construction Atom AE Storm players hosted the Huntsville Otters at the S. G. Nesbitt Arena in Minden for the third game of their playoff series. The Otters opened the game up with two goals in the first period then again another in the second period.

The Storm player put a stop to that though. Jace Mills came rushing in to score the first goal for the Storm team assisted by defence player Evan Jones. A few short minutes later Parker Simms scored a goal of his own ending the second period.

Emotions were high and the pressure was on. Going into the third period the Storm players were ready to go! Simms took a s hot and was reflected off the Huntsville goalie only to be put onto Mills stick for the third goal tying up the game. Both Mills and Simms were able to score another goal before the period was over giving the Storm the much deserved 5-3 win!

On Sunday they travelled back to Huntsville for game 4. Unfortunately they were unable to pull off another win with Issac Lee scoring the only goal for the Storm team in the third period resulting in a 3-1 loss tying up the series with two wins for each team.

Come out to the A.J. LaRue arena in Haliburton at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 3 and cheer for the Atom AE Storm players as they take on the Huntsville Otters in the tie breaking game.

Bantam AE battles Crusaders

The Highland Storm Pepper Mill Steak and Pasta House Dollo’s Foodland Bantam A played the Durham Crusaders on Saturday. The Crusaders were coming into the match with a 1-0 lead in the best of five playoff series. Play was very fast paced throughout the opening period with Storm goaltender Ben Landry making some beautiful saves. Brendan Coumbs put the Storm in front at the end of the first on a power play goal and Desi Davies made it 2-0 early in the second splitting the defence and scoring on a hard low shot. Jackson Gill put the Storm up by three duplicating Davies’ play and splitting the defence as well. The game got interesting in the third when the Crusaders popped two quickies however our boys dug deep and second goals by Davies and Coumbs followed by a Tim Turner goal in the final minute gave the Storm an inspiring 6-2 win and tying the series at one apiece.

Game 3 on Sunday saw the Crusaders jump out quickly to a 1-0 lead but Jake Sisson left alone in front of the Durham goalie made no mistake and fired a rocket to tie the game at one. Brendan Coumbs’ power play goal put the Storm ahead 2-1 however penalties once again put our locals in the hot seat and Durham took full advantage scoring two quickies for a 3-2 lead.

The Crusaders pretty much sealed the deal with two goals early in the third period and despite some close chances the Storm lost 5-2 and are now down two games to one heading back to Oshawa this Saturday for game 4 and facing elimination.

Submitted by Gord Hoenow

Atom A’s defeat Durham

The Cottage Country Building Supplies/Ridgewood Ford Highland Storm Atom A’s travelled to the Whitby Arena to face the Durham Crusaders for game 2 of the playoffs on Saturday Jan. 26.

The first period started with a goal by Addison Carr followed by a goal by Cheyenne Degeer and then the Crusaders scored making the game 2-1 but with one minute left Carr scored his second goal assisted by Mak Prentice. The second period was a battle and early on the Crusaders tied the game up 2-2. The third period the Storm came out for the win. It started with a five- on-three power play goal by Brechin Johnston next Carr scored his hat trick goal followed by an end to end unassisted five

hole goal by Colby Coumbs and finally a fourth goal by Carr to make the final score a 7-2 win for the Storm.

The Highland Storm Atom A’s hosted the Durham Crusaders at the A.J. LaRue arena on Sunday Jan. 27 for game 3 of the playoffs. The Storm needed a win to knock out the Crusaders so they started off the first period hot. Cheyenne Degeer scored the first goal within the first two minutes and Addison Carr scored only a minute after that. It went quiet until the Crusaders scored but this didn’t bother the Storm because Degeer scored her second goal only minutes after followed by a goal by Kadin

Card who scored by a tip in of Austin Latanville’s shot. The game was 4-1 going into the second. The second the Storm continued dominating. The Storm scored early in the period with a beauty goal by Colby Coumbs and another rocket goal by Johnston. Then there were a lot of shots but no more goals until the beginning of the third. The third had just as many penalties as it had goals. Both teams were fighting on all fronts but Aaron Neave was not going to let any more goals in his net and Storm

was determined to put more pucks in the Crusaders net. It started with a goal by Johnston followed by Addison Carr’s first goal next Mak Prentice fired a shot in and finally Carr scored his hat trick goal and with 17 seconds left scored his fourth. The Highland Storm Atom A’s defeated the Durham Crusaders 11-1 and knocked them out of the series in three games. What an amazing accomplishment! Go Storm Go.

Submitted by Amber Card

Peewees win nail-biter

On Saturday Jan. 27 the JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports Haliburton Family Medical Centre Peewees travelled to Whitby to take on the Durham Crusaders in game 2 of their series. The Storm took to the ice with a vengeance to try to even the series up. The Storm came out flying with Kyan Hall scoring early in the first assisted by Cooper Coles and Aiden Perrott.

The Storm kept the pressure on and Hall netted another assisted by Evan Armstrong to put them up 2-0. The Crusaders came back and netted one of their own near the end of the first to cut the lead in half. The second and third periods saw both teams battling hard back and forth the Crusaders gave everything they had but goalie Damon Harris stood tall and kicked out save after save and the Storm held on to the 2-1 lead and tied the series up. On Sunday the Crusaders were back in Haliburton and

both teams were out for the series lead. The Storm were strong and fierce and netted the only goal in the first period with Perrott scoring assisted by Avery Degeer and Cheyanne Degeer to give them a 1-0 lead. Gage Hutchinson scored early in second unassisted to put the Storm up by two but the Crusaders scored right after to put them within one. With the momentum on their side the crusaders netted two more to take a 3-2 lead. Hall scored assisted by Cody Keller to tie the game up at threes

going into the third. The Storm went on the attack and Hall netted three more goals assisted by Coles Keller and Perrott to put the Storm ahead 6-3. The Crusaders took their 30 second timeout rested their legs and went on the attack themselves scoring two making it a real nail-biter the last five minutes but the Storm managed to hold on to their one goal lead and take the game 6-5 and a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 for the Peewees is in Whitby on Feb. 3 at 1:30 p.m. and Game 5 in Haliburton on Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.

Submitted by Ron Hall

Shamrocks overpower Storm

The Pharmasave LL Atom 1 team were hosted by Parry Sound Shamrocks 2. With a hard battle at hand the Storm played one of their hardest games yet. With persistent pressure and constant battle Logan Reid opened up the scoring assisted by Eric and Haiden Bird.

But the Shamrocks were a force not to reckoned with and the Storm lost for a total of 8-1.

Player of the game goes to Zach Lowe.

Next game the Storm will be hosting South Muskoka HTC Ins at A.J. LaRue Feb 10 at 11 a.m.

Submitted by Chris McMartin

Bantam LL’s play World Junior Classic

The Total Site Services Bantam local league team travelled to Millbrook for the Bantam World Junior Classic this past weekend. We represented team Sweden. Our first game we saw team Russia in a very well matched game. Russia got the first and captain Reese Casey evened it up with a nice pass from Tyler Martin. We started the third in a power play and Reese scored another beauty with Kiera Casey and Cody Martin getting the assists. 2-1 win for Sweden. Curtis Mulock was player of the game. Game two was against Team North America. With seven minutes remaining in the third Cody had a nice shot that was deflected but Casey tied it up. With seven seconds left and Tyler deked through the other team and his shot was deflected but Nick Phippen took advantage of the rebound winning 2-1 with 2.2 seconds remaining. Phippen and Darian Maddock were players of the game. For Game 3 Sweden was on the board in 12 seconds scored by Casey and assisted by Kolby McGovern.

The Czechs tied it up with one minute remaining in the first. But with a nice play between McGovern and Phippen helped us start the second with a 2-1 lead. Cody and Phippen were both able to add to that in the lead. 4-1 win for team IKEA! Kolby McGovern was player of the game. Game 4 vs Switzerland. This was a tough one for the team final score was 4-0 for Switzerland and Jackson Wilson was the Player of the Game. Game 5 vs Team Europe. Europe got things started and then Cody opened the second with a slapper from the blue line but quickly followed by and goal from team Europe. We had been out shot almost all of our games and if it hadn’t been for our fearless defence Keira Casey Haley Boylan Hunter Winder and Tyler Martin and amazing goalie Darian Maddock who stopped so many shots. He has amazing agility and coordination just can’t say enough about his performance this weekend. Haley Boylan was player of the game. Game 6 vs Switzerland (again) in

the bronze medal round. This was an intense game the cheering went to a whole new level we found ourselves in a 4-0 situation and then Phippen got one Wilson accounted for two more and we were back in this game but ran out of time and it ended 5-3 for Switzerland and Jackson was player of the game. Great team bonding weekend and we are all so very proud of compliments we received from the reffing team as we were the more sportsmen like and easy to ref team. Congrats Total Site Services Bantam LL Team.

Submitted by Kathy Martin

This weeks playoff schedule:

Atom AE vs Huntsville Otters

Game 5: Saturday Feb 3 @ 3:30 p.m. in Haliburton

Game 6: (if required) Sunday Feb 4 @ 1:15 p.m. in Huntsville

Atom vs Shelburne Wolves TBD

Peewee vs Durham Crusaders

Game 4: Saturday Feb. 3 @1:30 in Whitby

Game 5: (if required) Sunday Feb. 4 @ 2 p.m. in Haliburton

Bantam vs Durham Crusaders

Game 4: Saturday Feb 3 @ 8 p.m. in Whitby

Game 5: (if required) Sunday Feb 4 @ 12:15 in Oshawa

Midget vs Shelburne Wolves TBD