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Storms are a brewing

Published Oct. 30 2018

On Saturday Oct. 27 the Dewayen Simms Construction LL Novice 2 took on the Brightwoods Landscaping and Consulting LL Novice 1 Team.
The Dewayen Simms Construction team took an early lead on an unassisted goal by McCartney Saunders but the lead was short lived when Brightwoods answered back a minute later on a goal by Cruz Neave. Mason Latanville beat Brightwoods goalie Carter Knapton late in the first giving the Dewayen Simms Construction team a 2-1 lead going into the second.
The second period was an eventful one as the Brightwoods team took the lead on two quick goals by Gideon Borgdorff and Brody Hartwig. Not too be out done the Dewayen Simms Construction team battled back with two tallies of their own by Saunders to take back the lead. With two minutes left in the second Brightwoods put the pressure on with a pass from Hunter Hamilton to Brody Hartwig for his second goal of the game and to tie the game going into the third period.
The start of the third was back and forth action. The Dewayen Simms Construction team struck first with two more goals by McCartney Saunders. Mason Latanville and Lyla Degeer assisting on the first and Mason Latanville and Gabriel Loney drawing the assists on the second. The action didn’t end there as both teams turned up the pass and with that Brightwood’s goalie Carter Knapton and Dewayen Simms Construction goalie Landyn Simms did the same making save after save. In the final seconds of the game Brightwoods stormed back with Brody Hartwig’s hat trick goal he drew Brightwoods within one. With 26 seconds left and goalie pulled Brightwoods fought forward to try and tie the game but fell just short in this hard fought battle between the Storm teams. Final score was 6-5 for Dewayen Simms Construction.
Submitted by Cory Simms

On Saturday Oct. 27 the Peewee LL Home Hardware team travelled to Gravenhurst to take on the Muskoka Bears. The Bears came out strong and scored the only goal during the first period of the game. The fought back when Wyatt Raposo tied up the game with an unassisted goal. The third period was action packed with storm pulling ahead with a goal at 13 minute mark by Alex Hendry assisted by Cayden Russell and Adam Davis.The Bears were not giving up and retaliated tying the game. Nathan Harrison took control scored an unassisted goal giving storm a 3-2 lead. The Storm continued to battle and Emery Bagshaw scored her first goal in a Storm jersey assisted by Davis and Hendry. The Bears kept up the pressure with another goal at two-minute mark. Harrison scored another beauty with one minute left in the game assisted by Russell and Raposo giving Storm the win 5-3. The next game will be Saturday Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. in Minden where they taken on the Almaguin Ice Devils.
Submitted by Marita Bagshaw

The Haliburton Timber Mart and Haliburton Hockey Haven Sports Camp Highland Storm Novice Rep team travelled to Parry Sound on Sunday afternoon for a match against the Parry Sound Shamrocks. Isaac Trotter led the scoring by deking out three Shamrock players then placing the puck in the net. Matt Scheffee played a strong game and scored the second goal for the Storm with a quick pass just off the face-off. With only 15 seconds left in the second period Parry Sound got one in the net. In the third Ethan DeCarlo continued to make great passes up to the forward line. Henry Neilson fired the third goal in for the Storm for a Storm 3-1 win. Good luck to the team next weekend as they play two games against the Almaguin Ice Devils on Saturday and face the Mariposa Lighting on Sunday.
By Sara Gruppe

The JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports/ Haliburton Family Medical Centre Highland Storm Peewee A’s Hosted the Matt Duchene Peewee Rep Tournament in Minden on Oct. 27.The Storm played the first game of the tournament versus the North Bay Trappers. The two teams were evenly matched but Storm’s Addison St Cyr scored the first goal late in the first. Taking it end to end. The second period was again back and forth. North Bay scored and the Storm answered with a beautiful top shelf goal by Mak Prentice. The third period was all North Bay. They scored two back to back goals making it 3-2 but with a minute left St Cyr scored and tying the game for a 3-3 final.
The Peewee A’s second tournament game was against the Pembroke Kings.
This game was a game of a lot of chances and great saves. Addison St Cyr scored the first goal with 45 seconds left of the first on a power play. Than he scored another goal early in the second on another power play and the third and final goal was scored by Austin Boylan with one minute left on a power play. The final score was 3-0 win for the Storm. The Peewee A’s faced the Stayner Cyclones for their third and final game.
The game started with a goal by Austin Boylan but Stayner answered with two back to back goals. The second period Addison St Cyr scored the tying goal and it was a 2-2 hockey game going into the third. The game stayed tied up until the last minute and than Stayner scored two goals. Winning the game and knocking the Highland Storm out of the finals.The next upcoming games for The JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports/Haliburton Family Medical Centre Highland Storm Peewee A’s is on Nov. 10 at 4:30 in Parry Sound verse the Shamrocks.
By Amber Card

The Highland Storm Pepper Mill Steak and Pasta House and Dollo’s Foodland Bantam team had a busy weekend. Starting off Friday night the Storm faced the Orono Leafs at home winning 7-1. Goals were scored by Dylan Keefer (2) Kyan Hall Mathias Lee Ryan Rupnow Jackson Wilson and Nick Phippen. Excellent goaltending by Darian Maddock. On Saturday the Storm hit the road and headed to Astorville to play the East Ferris Vipers. At the end of the first period the Storm were leading 3-2 with goals scored by Dylan Keefer Nick Phippen and Matthew Wilson with his first goal of the season. The second period passed with no goals for either side. The Vipers tied the game up halfway through the third period. With five minutes left in the game Evan Armstrong scored making it 4-3 then with a minute left in play Dylan Keefer passed the puck to Jackson Wilson who took it alongside the net to pass back out front to Dylan Keefer who scored making the final score 5-3 Storm. On Sunday the Storm travelled to Parry Sound to verse the Parry Sound Shamrocks. Goals were scored by Dylan Keefer with two and Gage Hutchison. Assists by Ryan Rupnow Kyan Hall and Evan Armstrong. The Storm had a hard time containing the Shamrocks offence with their home crowd behind them. The Storm were unable to finish off the weekend with a win. Next game is Thursday Nov. 1 in Little Britain to face the Mariposa Lightning.
Submitted by Jessica LLoyd

The Highland Storm Highlander and Ed Smolen Family Dentistry Midget team travelled to Powassan Oct. 28 and met with the Hawks. It was a fast paced aggressive game that ended 4-4. Both teams came out strong in the scoreless first period. The Storm team pressed hard offensively however it was the Hawks that got the first goal in the second. Minutes later the Storm answered back Davies made a quick pass to Robinson who was in front of the Hawks net and he deked out the goalie for the tying goal. Shortly after a defensive error led to a giveaway goal making it 2-1 for the Hawks. The Storm took advantage of a four-minute power play and took the lead. Haedicke controlled the puck behind the net then fed Gilbert the perfect pass to find the opening for the tying goal. With the Storm still dominating the power play Walker took a shot from the point and Davies deflected it in the Storm took the lead 3-2. Late in the second the Storm team pressed on Robinson stole the puck and quickly chipped it in and grabbed a two-goal lead. The Hawks turn came with a five on three power play and they took full advantage of it and tied the game. The last minutes of the third period was action filled and entertaining. Both teams aggressively trying to score. The Storm had a extra man advantage with seconds left however the Midgets returned home with a 4-4 tie. On Nov. 2 the Midgets will be travelling to Millbrook to take on the Stars.

On Saturday Oct. 28 the TD Atom LL 2 travelled to Gravenhurst to take on the Parry Sound Marshall Black Atoms. During the first period Zach Lowe kept the scoring to a minimum with some amazing saves. Parry Sound kept the pressure on throughout the game. By the third period the team started to come together and Ayden Chapman chipped the puck after a hard battle in the corner to pass it up to Eric Bird who skated fast up the boards taking a shot on net which was stopped by the goalie but using his quick reflexes Kamauhl Casey-Russel was able get the rebound and score. A couple of minutes later the duo of Logan Reid and Casey-Russel passing back and forth to bring the puck forward in Parry Sounds zone Casey-Russel took a shot and Carson Jones was on top of his game out front grabbing the rebound and scoring his first goal of the season. Parry Sound was proved to be a tough team and ultimately won with a score of 8-2.
By Chris McMartin

On Saturday the GJ Burtch Atoms hosted the Canadian Tire Bancroft Jets at the Keith Tallman arena in Wilberforce. Then they went to Bancroft Sunday in a home and home exhibition series. What the Storm gave up in size they took right back in work ethic and determination. Eric Mueller set up Isaac Borgdorff for a one timer to tie the game at one halfway through the first. After Bancroft got two quick goals in the third Mueller answered with a goal of his own. This time it was Tavia Harris’s work in her own end that earned her and Maxime Little the assists. Despite their effort the Storm lost 4-2. Sunday the Storm again kept the Jets in their own end a lot. Goals scored by Brody Hartwig assisted by Olivia Gruppe and Sadie Evans-Fockler and a second goal by Eric Mueller unassisted. The Storm however could not seem to stop one kid from Bancroft losing this game as well 4-2. For the fans Sunday’s game went to a shootout regardless of the score. The Storm would win the shootout 2-1. Goals were scored by Jacob Davis and Benton Lloyd. Jacob Lloyd made some thrilling saves as he stopped 12 of 13 shooters from Bancroft. Saturday the Storm hosts South Muskoka in Minden at 1 p.m. and plays Parry Sound in Bracebridge at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
By Jamie Lloyd

This past weekend the Ridgewood Ford and Castle Cottage County Building Supplies Atom A team took to their home rinks hosting the annual Matt Duchene Tournament. The Storm opened up the tournament with an early start applying consistent pressure leading to a 3-0 win over the visiting North Bay Trappers. Goals by Josh Scheffee (2) and Jace Mills assisted by Deagan Davison and Parker Simms. The Atoms hit the ice again at noon versus the Ennismore Eagles and they had a solid first period dominating the play. A goal by Deagan Davison assisted by Brady Burtch got the Storm on the board however the momentum shifted in favour of the Eagles proving difficult to come back from. This game featured some incredible goaltending from young Chase Winder holding the score to a 2-1 final in favour of the Eagles. The Storm faced the Sturgeon Thunder team for their third game of the day and back in winning form goals from Caleb Manning Jace Mills assisted by Brady Burtch and another pair from Josh Scheffee assisted by Jace Mills and Austin Latanville. With no goals coming from Sturgeon Lake a 4-0 finish left the Storm ready to head to the semifinals in the morning. Game 4 of the tournament was against the Lindsay Muskies. The game was off to a heated start with end to end action just as expected with the Muskies opening scoring halfway through the first period. McClean Rowden answered back with a goal assisted by Austin Latanville and Brady Burtch. Chase Winder stood on his head stopping a multitude of shots along the ice. Josh Scheffee would go on to score his first of the game assisted by Toby Posti putting the Storm ahead by one only to get tied up heading in the third. The Muskies took the lead in the third however with only 24 seconds remaining the game Jace Mills found the back of the net. Into overtime with only 33 seconds to go in three-on-three play Josh Scheffee got a beautiful stretch pass from Evan Jones 100 feet away putting it short side stunning the Muskies goalie. The final game saw the Storm struggle to repeat the performance yet putting in a solid 35 minutes of play only being able to score once by Austin Latanville on the tournament champion South Muskoka Bears ending in a score of 3-1. A solid coaching effort lead our Atom A’s to their strongest showing of the season so far and we commend them for their dedication to the hockey team. Up next please come out and watch on Friday night as the Atom team takes on the Sturgeon Thunder at 6:30 p.m. at the A.J. LaRue Arena.
By Pasi Posti