Minor Hockey for the week ending Dec. 9 2018

This past weekend the Ridgewood Ford/Cottage Country Building Supplies Atoms travelled through whiteout conditions to Norwood for the NDMS 2018 Hockey Tournament. Our opening game versus the hometown Hornets squad would catch us off guard with a 7-4 loss. Storm goals by Jace Mills and Josh Scheffee with a pair a piece weren’t enough to secure a win. Assists by Austin Latanville Jace Mills and Owen Sisson. Saturday evenings matchup versus Campbellford was full of excitement as both teams battled for the win. Two goals by Austin Latanville kept the Storm in the picture but it was Jace Mills creative bank shot off the net minder that gave us the win. Assists by Jace Mills and Evan Jones on the Latanville goals. Game 3 vs. Orono was a healthy rematch from our October loss to the Leafs on home ice. This was Josh Scheffee’s time to shine popping all three goals from the far right side to stun the Orono team with only his third goal needing two helpers from Owen Sisson and Parker Simms. A massive save by Chase Winder was the difference maker flashing his glove to snare a hard wrist shot in the first period proving our potential in the opening frame. The final game on Sunday night opened up with two quick goals from Evan Jones helped by Toby Posti’s breakout pass up the middle and Austin Latanville from Parker Simms. A third goal by Josh Scheffee from Austin and Evan kept the Storm ahead by 1. Parker Simms found himself going to end to end twice once hitting the top bar and then resulting in Josh Scheffee picking up his rebound for what would be the game winner.

The Storm saw a real comeback style goaltending performance from their goalie Chase Winder who looked sharp through all three periods despite numerous shots and traffic in the paint. His positive energy and no-quit attitude was evident as he sent Hornet shots to the corners and away from the net. The 4-3 final earned the Storm its first tournament win of the season with Jace Mills and Austin Latanville sharing the games MVP honours. Before heading into the Christmas break you can catch the Storm Atoms on the ice at A.J LaRue Arena on the 15th at 2 p.m. vs. the Ennismore Eagles.

By Pasi Posti

On Friday the Highland Storm Pepper Mill Steak and Pasta House and Dollo’s Foodland Bantams hosted the Sturgeon Lake Thunder. The Storm were down one in the first when Dylan Keefer responded. Then early in the second Jackson Wilson found the net assisted by Keefer. Shortly after Kain Brannigan scored assisted by Wilson and Hall making it 3-1 Storm. The Thunder came back quickly tying the game up 3-3 midway through the second. Late in the second period Kyan Hall scored assisted by Brannigan bringing the Storm ahead once again however the Thunder responded quickly in the third with three more goals. Making the final score 6-4 Thunder.

On Saturday the Storm travelled to Norwood to play in the Norwood Bantam Rep Tournament. First off the Storm faced the West Lincoln Wrath. The game was scoreless in the first. The Wrath scored in the second period which was quickly answered by a short handed goal by Dylan Keefer. With nine seconds left in the game Kyan Hall scored from behind the net winning the game 2-1 Storm.

The second game of the tournament was against the Leeds Chargers. Our lone goal of the game was a hard shot from the blue line scored by Dylan Keefer. Even with Darian Maddock’s skilled goaltending and our quick defenders we were unable to hold back the Chargers 3-1.

On Sunday the Storm advanced in the tournament to play Muskoka Rock. The Rock came on fast in the first period putting two on the scoreboard. In the second period Cooper Lloyd delivered one in the net assisted by Jackson Wilson and Kyan Hall putting the Storm back in the game. However after multiple attempts neither side were able to find the net making the final 2-1 Muskoka.

Next up the Storm face the Lindsay Muskies Friday night in Minden at 7 p.m. Come on out and support the team.

By Jessica Lloyd

On Saturday Dec. 8 the Haliburton TimberMart/Haliburton Hockey Haven Sports Camp Novice Reps travelled to Ennismore to battle the Ennismore Eagles. In the first period the Storm marked a point after fumbling over a loose puck in front of the net. The second period was scoreless but the Storm put three more in the net in the third. The Storm took a 4-1 win with goals by Henry Neilson (2) Evan Perrott and Luke Gruppe.

The team played a double header against the Almaguin Ice Devils on Sunday in Haliburton. The first game the Highlander Game of the Week was the fourth time the Storm met the Ice Devils this year and they anticipated another strong win however the Ice Devils were out to prove them wrong. The Ice Devils started the scoring by putting in a goal in the first 40 seconds of the game. Luke Gruppe put the first goal in for the Storm by picking up Evan Perrott’s rebound. In the second the Ice Devils snuck in another goal during a three-on-five power-play taking a 2-1 lead. Matt Scheffee Isaac Trotter and Henry Neilson continued to set up great passing plays inside the offensive zone. Jack Tomlinson took some powerful shots from the blue line while his defense partner Ethan DeCarlo held the line constantly anticipating where the puck was heading. The Storm found their stride in the third period. Tomlinson shot the puck to Gruppe who then passed it to Evan Perrott who tied the game 2-2. Max Rupnow then intercepted an Ice Devils pass and took a shot on net. Luke Gruppe picked up the rebound and fired it in. Neilson took a pass from Trotter and scored with a hard backhand shot. The Ice Devils put in a third goal on a powerplay. Easton Burk and Jaxen Casey continued to prove they are a powerful defensive duo with aggressive back checking and firm passes. Rupnow Perrott and Gruppe stormed down the Ice together which resulted in Gruppe’s hat trick goal. Tomlinson then fired a shot up to Neilson who put in the last goal for the Storm. The team’s hard work in the third period and excellent goaltending by Carter Braun earned them a 6-3 win.

In the second game the team proved their strength. They held their positions and set up great passing plays. Storm goalies Carter Braun and Landon Simms earned shutouts and made several considerable saves as the Storm took a 4-0 win. Goals were scored by Evan Perrott Henry Neilson Isaac Trotter and Matt Scheffee. The Novices play next Saturday in Haliburton and Sunday in Lindsay.

By Sarah Gruppe

The JoAnne Source for Sports/Haliburton Family Medical Centre Highland Storm Peewee A’s traveled to Wasaga Beach to play in a weekend tournament. The first game was on Saturday against the Parry Sound Shamrocks. Unfortunately the Storm lost 5-0. The second game was against the Elmvale Coyotes. This was a nail biter game. The first period Cheyenne Degeer scored the first goal however Elmvale answered. In the second Addison St Cyr scored and Elmvale answered again. It was a tie game going into the third. Unfortunately Elmvale scored early and the final was a 3-2 loss for the Storm.

On Sunday Dec. 9 the JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports/Haliburton Family Medical Centre Highland Storm Peewee A versed the Wasaga Beach Stars. The first period started with a goal by Addison St Cyr however Wasaga quickly answered. The second period began with a short handed goal by Austin Boylan. There were a couple more penalty kills and than we were going into the third. The third started with an early goal by Cooper Coles. Storm killed another penalty. However with two minutes left Wasaga pulled their goalie on a power play but Storm shut them down and came out with a 3-1 win to end the tournament.

The next upcoming game is on Friday Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the A.J. LaRue arena verse the Bracebridge Bears.

By Amber Card

The Highlander and Ed Smolen Family Dentistry Storm Midgets travelled to Parry Sound to participate in the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Midget Classic tournament Dec 7-9. They returned home with a 1-1-1 record. The Midgets had a splendid start Friday against the Six Nations Blackhawks winning 2-1. The Storm ignited in the first period and showered the goalie with shots. Late in the period the Storm capitalized on a power play. Haedicke controlled the puck behind the net then fed Gilbert and he snapped a top corner shot for the first Storm goal. The action continued in the second period and the Blackhawks tied it up. With just a few seconds left Walker took a point shot the Storm closed in on the net for the rebound and Smith found the opening. It was a nail biter third period with end to end action Sisson stood strong in net and the Storm took the game 2-1. The next day the Storm met with the Stayner Cyclones. The Storm took advantage of a power play late in the first period. Robinson took the puck from behind the net and back-handed in the only Storm goal. Just seconds later the Cyclones tied it up. The Storm Midgets had a multitude of opportunities however this game ended in a 1-1 tie. Later on Saturday the Storm midgets met with the Caledonia Thunder. It was a tough go from the start and the Storm team struggled in both ends. The Thunder’s defence held the Storm at bay and dominated offensively. The Storm Midgets worked very hard however they lost 3-0 against the Thunder. The Storm team should be very proud and their accomplishments at the tournament.

By Suzanne Haedicke

The Tom Prentice and Sons and Walker’s Heating and Cooling Tyke Team travelled to their first Jamboree in Campbellford. They played three games taking on during this day tournament.

Nixon Ecclestone lead the team with goals scoring 29 throughout the day Kelson Bagshaw racked up six Brady Burke scored three Matthew Mueller and Nash Wilson both put up two and Cooper Gilbert and Blake Hutchinson each had one. Rowan Johnson was key in setting up many of the storms attached and goalie Jackson Robichaud stopped several shots during each game. The team had a great day and were all so proud to each receive a well earned medal!

By Marita Bagshaw

The Highland Storm LL Peewee Canadian Tire team travelled to Bracebridge to face off against the Muskoka Bears Saturday Dec. 8. This game was amazingly close in Bracebridge this weekend. Highland Storm came out with three goals this game scored by Jamie Crowe Ethan Megrah-Poppe and Faysal Wiso.

The Highland Storm Canadian Tire team was down a few players this weekend but they played strong. The game was tied up in the third period but unfortunately with four minutes left in the third period the Muskoka Bears scored their fourth goal ending the game 4-3 with the win for them.

Carson Simms played an amazing game with 29 saves.The Highland Storm LL Peewee Canadian Tire Teams next game is Saturday Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. in Minden against the Almaguin Ice Devils.

By Shawn Guild

This past weekend the Highland Storm Pharmasave LL Midgets participated in the Regional Silver Stick Tournament in Minden. The team faced off bright and early Saturday morning against the Sturgeon Thunder. The Thunder scored four minutes into the game the goal which would ultimately be the winner in a 3-0 loss for the Storm. Storm goalie Nate Miscio was spectacular throughout the game giving his teammates the opportunity to remain competitive. The closest was s fine passing play between Sam Hoenow and Jake Sisson with Sisson hitting the post. Brenden Newhook was a constant threat as well whenever he was on the ice.

Game 2 was versus the Manver Mustangs. Miscio continued with hi-light saves and Newhook using his speed provided some scoring chances but it was the Mustangs that would open the scoring before Tim Turners sweet wrap around goal tied it up. Unfortunately it’s as close as the Storm would end up losing the match 4-1.

For their final game the Pharmasave Midgets faced off against the Apsley Flames. The first period saw balanced action but neither team was able to score. The Flames did take the lead early in the second however the Storm tied it up shortly after when Newhooks efforts finally paid off setting up Paul Turner beautifully from behind the net. The Flames scored once more midway thru the final period and held on for a 2-1 win.

By Gord Hoenow

On Sunday the Dewayen Simms LL Novice 2 team hosted the Huntsville Davicor in Haliburton. It was a slow start to the game with a lot of back and forth action but nothing landing in the net. Huntsville started the scoring four minutes into the second. Storm answered back one minute later as McCartney Saunders buried one assisted by Jacob Manning. Huntsville took the lead at the start of the third. Storm was able to tie the game up as Mason Latanville landed one in the net assisted by Levi Rowe. With only 24 seconds left of the game Cambell McCracken took off down the ice on a breakaway and made a drop pass to Latanville. Latanville took a shot and Saunders jumped in on the rebound taking the lead. Storm win 3-2.

By Stephanie Harrison

The TD Canada Trust Atom Highland Storm team took on the Parry Sound McNabb Home Builders in what we knew would be a tough game. Parry Sound came out strong and were able to defeat the TD Atoms with final score of 9-0. Player of the game goes to Kamauhl Cassey Russel. Come cheer on the TD Atoms next weekend as they take on South Muskoka.

By Chris McMartin

Storm’s Novice Local League Brightwoods Landscaping and Consulting took to the ice in Huntsville on Saturday Dec. 8 vs. Huntsville Near North for an early morning game. Brody Hartwig landed the first goal of the game with only seconds left in the first period assisted by Jacob Sutton and Zachary Prentice. The second period showed no movement on the scoreboard with some great defensive playing from Prentice Hawksley Dobbins Gideon Borgdorff and Duncan Evans-Faulkner.

The Storm came on strong in the third period scoring eight goals. Hartwig landing six additional goals with assists from Prentice Sutton Evans-Faulkner and Matthew Fairey. Cruise Neave scored two of the goals with assists from Tyler Hughes and Benton Lloyd.

The team was looking to keep the well deserved shut out going for goalie Carter Knapton until Huntsville snuck one in the net with only 12 seconds left ending the game in a final 9-1 score. Be sure to come out to our next home game on Dec. 15 in Minden at 11 a.m.

By Cheryl Smith

The Bancroft IDA/Park View Dental Midget Girls Jets travelled to Peterborough on Sunday Dec. 9 to face the Ice Kats.

Both teams exchanged opportunities end to end throughout the game with the end result being a tie 1-1.

Near the end of the first period Haley Goulet got control of the puck skated into the opponents zone and made a beautiful back pass to Gabbey Burnett. Burnett took a shot on net which rebounded and resulted in a scramble in front of the net. Liv Martin jammed the puck in scoring the only goal for the Jets.

Come out and cheer the Jets on this coming weekend at their home games at the NHCC. Saturday Dec 15 vs the Otonabee Wolverines and Sunday Dec. 11 vs the Ennismore Eagles. Both games are at 4:30 p.m. Go Jets Go!