On Saturday evening the Bancroft IDA/Park View Dental Midget Girls Jets team travelled to Peterborough to play the Ice Kats for the start of the playoffs. The Jets played a hard fast paced game exchanging opportunities from end to end against their rivals. Unfortunately despite all of their efforts and determination they lost 2-0. One of the goals was an empty netter near the very end of the game.
On Sunday afternoon the Jets hosted the Ice Kats for their second playoff game and came out on top winning 1-0.
Victoria Shpikula got the rebound from a shot from defensive teammate Natalie Hunter and with a wicked wrist shot put the puck blocker side. The series is tied at two points each. We wish the girls the best of luck as they travel to Peterborough this Wednesday for Game 3.
By Linda Goulet
The Haliburton TimberMart/Haliburton Hockey Haven Sports Camp Novice reps dominated the first two games of their quarter-final matchup against the Shelburne Wolves. Storm’s right winger Henry Neilson was on fire in Game 1 scoring five of the seven Storm goals during Saturday home game. Evan Perrott and Issac Trotter got a goal each. Assisting the scorers were Matthew Scheffee with six Jaxen Casey and Trotter with two and Luke Gruppe Ethan DeCarlo and Neilson each with one. Game 1 ended with the Storm winning 7-1. Game 2 in Shelburne on Sunday was just as exciting. Max Rupnow with the help of Gruppe and Perrott opened up the scoring with a beauty backhand goal late in the first. During the final shift of the period Casey made multiple great defensive plays and kept the puck from reaching Storm goaltender Carter Braun. Early in the second Perrott passed the puck to Gruppe who from a near impossible angle lobed it up and over the Shelburne goaltender to make it 2-0. Using his great face-off skills Rupnow won a draw resulting in a scramble in front of the net where Gruppe jammed it in. With less than a minute left in the second Trotter tried to go high on the Wolves goaltender but a big save was made. First face-off of the third Trotter gets the puck to Scheffee who puts it on net and Neilson picked up the rebound to make it 4-0. An unfortunate communication mix up between Storm players resulted in the Wolves’ lone goal. The Storm take the game 4-1. Throughout both games the Storm worked hard to kill multiple penalty minutes played well both offensively and defensively and put many shots on net. Shelburne will travel to Minden on Saturday Feb. 16 for a 12:30 game where the Storm can take the series.
By Jessica Tomlinson
After having a rare weekend off the Ridgewood Ford and Cottage Country Building Supplies Atom rep team opened up its second round playoff series in Shelburne against the waiting Wolves.The first was off to a heated start and the Highland Storm Atoms kept the play moving away from their net resulting in a hard-fought first goal in the blue paint. The goal was scored by Josh Scheffee and assisted by Liam Harrison and Evan Jones. Once again Storm netminder Chase Winder stood on his head for the team stopping a barrage of shots throughout the game. A late third period goal by McLean Rowden assisted by Parker Simms and Josh Scheffee came as a welcome addition to the effort however it was not enough to match the Wolves scoring who managed to build a 4-2 lead which would be our final score to end this the first game of the series. The Storm Atom rep team is back in action this upcoming Saturday at S.G. Nesbitt Arena at 2 p.m.
By Pasi Posti
On Feb. 8 JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports/Haliburton Family Medical Centre Highland Storm Peewee A travelled to Oshawa to face the Durham Crusaders in Game 6. They dominated this game with a 5-0 win. Goals were scored by Addison St Cyr Colby Coumbs and Austin Boylan. A huge shout out to Ethan Dobson for his second shutout of this series. The Peewee A’s won the first series and moved on to the quarter finals.
On Sunday Feb. 10 the JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports/Haliburton Family Medical Centre Highland Storm Peewee A had to travel to Shelburne to face the Shelburne Wolves in Game 1 of the quarter finals. The first period had a goal by Shelburne late in the period. However at the beginning of the second Addison St Cyr scores a beauty unassisted goal to tie the game. A minute after Copper Coles scored a goal assisted by St Cyr and Mak Prentice. And to end the second period Cheyenne Degeer scored assisted by Coles and St Cyr. Unfortunately the third period was all Shelburne. They scored two goals early in the period to tie the game. With four minutes left Prentice scored after a pass from St Cyr to put Storm in the lead but Shelburne answered shortly after to tie the game and put the game into overtime. Overtime lasted three minutes. The goal was scored by Austin Boylan after receiving a beautiful pass from Kadin Card. The final score was a 5-4 win for the Storm.
JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports/ Haliburton Family Medical Centre Highland Storm Peewee A next game is on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in Minden at the S.G Nesbitt Arena.
By Amber Card
On Saturday Feb. 9 the Peppermill Steak and Pasta House/Dollo’s Foodland Highland Storm Bantams travelled to Shelburne to play Game 3 in their playdown series. The Storm hit the ice strong and fierce giving everything they could but the Wolves scored on a power play at the end of the first to take a 1-0 lead. In the second the Storm battled back with a goal by Dylan Keefer unassisted to tie it up but the Wolves came right back to regain a one goal lead less than a minute later. With both teams determined to win for different reasons the action was intense back and forth hockey. Storm goalie Darian Maddock was outstanding in the pipes keeping his team within reach.
As time winded down and the pressure was on the Storm bench called a timeout at 59 seconds left in the third.
The boys regrouped and headed out for the final push. The Storm took control and pulled the goalie for the extra attacker. With Kyan Hall battling behind the net he managed to tap it out front to Nick Phippen who buries it in to tie the game with 22 seconds left. As the clock wound down the buzzer rang and we were headed for a 10 minute overtime. The Storm were giving everything they could to try to bring the series back to Haliburton for Game 4 but with six seconds left the Wolves scored and the Bantams season ended. Thanks for a great season Bantams you guys were great!
By Lisa Delisle
The Highlander and Ed Smolen Family Dentistry Storm Midgets continue with the second round of playoffs against the Stayner Cyclones. They headed to Stayner for Game 2 Saturday Feb. 9 and brought home a 2-0 shutout victory. It was a slow start for both teams with scoreless first and second periods. The Storm team picked up the pace and went on the attack midway through the third. MacNaull’s hard work and determination kept the puck in the Cyclones’ end he passed it to Walker and he snapped in the first goal. Seconds later the Cyclones still stunned Storm on the attack Haedicke picked up a pass from Morissette and snapped it in. That ended the game and gave Sisson a well earned 2-0 shutout. Next day they met with the Cyclones in Haliburton for Game 3 a do or die game for the Cyclones. This game was action packed from the start. Both teams working aggressively hard. Cyclones got lucky with a screen-shot late in the first. Shortly after the Cyclones got a breakaway and made it 2-0. The second period was filled with penalty minutes. Late in the second the Storm took advantage of a power play Walker passed it over the Smith and he top cornered the first Storm goal. That ended the second period 2-1. The Storm came out strong in the third period dominating the game. Walker worked hard to hold the line and made a pass to Gilbert he snapped it in to tie the game 2-2. The end to end action continued however it was the Cyclones that scored next. The Storm team did their best but folded 3-2. That puts the series at 2-1 for the Storm Midgets.
By Suzanne Haedicke
Novice 2 LL
The Dewayen Simms Construction LL Novice 2 travelled to Huntsville on Sunday Feb. 10 to battle the Huntsville Davicor.
The Storm started off slow and were down 2-0 at the end of the first.
They kicked things up in the second and had many chances but just couldn’t sneak one past the Davicor goalie. Davicor was able to sneak another in halfway through the second making the score 3-0. But with a minute and a half left Mason Latanville put Storm on the scoreboard!
Forty seconds into the third Davicor snuck another in making the score 4-1. Latanville answered back with not one but two more goals earning himself another hat trick this season! The Storm wasn’t done there. With lots of back and forth action the Storm was able to tie the game up as McCartney Saunders buried one. Next up was Layla Degeer as she landed the game winner into the net! Final score 5-4 Storm.
The LL Novice 2 is back in action on Saturday Feb. 16 as they travel to Bracebridge to take on the South Muskoka Envotek at 9 a.m.
By Stephanie Harrison
Peewee 1 LL
The Walkers Home Hardware Peewee Storm LL took on the South Muskoka on Sunday in Minden. The Bears opened the scoring at the six minute mark. Storm’s Alex Hendry evened the scoring assisted by Weston Bowker at the two minute mark. The Bears came ahead by one before the end of the first period. Bears scored again one minute into the second but Storm took charge and tied game with two unassisted goals by Hendry and # 19 Wyatt Raposo. Bears scored again in third at the three minute mark and Storm sealed the win with Hendry scoring a hattie assisted by #10 Emery Bagshaw and Bowker scoring with 20 seconds left assisted by Nathan Harrison and Mikayla Sisson. Storm took the win 5-4! Walkers Peewee #1 team travels to Burk’s Falls Saturday Feb. 16 to play the Amalguin Ice Devils
By Marita Bagshaw
The Tom Prentice and Sons and Walker’s Heating and Cooling Highland Storm Tyke took on the Huntsville Otters this past weekend. These teams battled back and forth for throughout the entire game. Nixon Ecclestone led his team to victory with a final score of 7-6! The Tykes will participate in the Bernie Nichols Round Robin this weekend in Haliburton come out and cheer them on!
By Marita Bagshaw
On Saturday Feb. 9 Brightwoods Landscaping Highland Storm Novice LL team took on Dewayne Simms Construction Highland Storm Novice LL team. Brightwoods started out slow and quickly found themselves down 2-0. The first goal came from Cole Morrison assisted by Lyla Degeer and Mason Latanville. The second was scored by Latanville assisted by Caleb Graves.
Brightwoods Brody Hartwig answered back late in the first period assisted by Zach Prentice and Hawksley Dobbins. The second and third period saw end to end action with great defence on both sides. Hartwig went on to score four more unassisted goals for Brightwoods. Maccartney Saunders added one more to Simms Construction in the third with assists going to Degeer and Colten Simms but it wasn’t enough and the Final Score ended 5-3 for Brightwoods.
On Sunday Feb.10 Brightwoods Landscaping Highland Storm Novice LL team played their last game of the regular season against Near North Huntsville. Late in the first period Storm opened the scoring with Benton Lloyd getting his first goal of the season assisted by Brody Hartwig and Vincenzo Condro. Midway through the second Hartwig landed his first with his awesome stick handling skills.
Third period Hunter Hamilton rushed the puck end to end to go five hole and find the back of the net.
Hartwig finished the third with two more goals to complete his hat trick. Assists going to Matthew Fairey Hawksley Dobbins Oakley Craftchick Lloyd and Hamilton. Final score 5-0. Coaching staff are extremely pleased with the hard work and effort each and every player showed this weekend winning back to back games ending their regular season with a 9-6-1 record.
By Cheryl Smith
On Saturday the GJ Burtch LL Atoms hosted the South Muskoka Middaugh Masonry Atoms at the S.G Nesbitt arena in Minden. In an exciting first period that saw chances traded at both ends of the rink it was South Muskoka that struck first in the final minute of the first.
Although South Muskoka would win the opening faceoff to start the second Isaac Borgdorff quickly stripped the puck drove the net and buried the puck tieing it at one just eight seconds in. That goal seemed to ignite the Storm as they began to swar m the South Muskoka net. All the hard work paid off late in the second Taylor Mulock pounced on a rebound to make it 2-1 assist to Eric Mueller. Then with just over a minute left in the period Jacob Davis got Brody Hartwig the puck who made no mistakes as he raced up the rink making it 3-1 to end the second.
In the third it was Hartwig’s relentless pursuit of the puck that led to a South Muskoka turnover and Hartwig broke away making it 4-1 Storm.
Jacob Mantle had another solid game blocking shots patrolling the blue line and his ability to find the open man set Hartwig up for his third of the game. Jacob Davis earned himself the hard hat rebounding after having the wind knocked out of him. Minutes later he would return to the ice back-check retrieve the puck earning an assist late in the second. Excellent effort. Final 5-1. Next up the Storm has Family Day weekend off before closing out the regular season on Feb. 23 in Minden against South Muskoka Wes Finch.
By Jamie Lloyd
Atom 2 LL
With our final game upon us the LL Atom #2 TD Canada Trust where hosted in Huntsville against the Huntsville McDonald’s this past weekend.
Our Storm players knew they had to keep their heads up and play hard. As our defence were skating hard to keep the puck in Huntsville’s end however they opened up the scoring. During the second period Brian Robichaud and Zach Lowe put on a good display of scrambling and awesome goaltending but Huntsville were able to add another goal. With tons of shots being robbed by either Huntsville’s goaltender or the posts the TD Canada Trust refused to give up which resulted in Logan Burke passing a beauty shot up to an open Kamauhl Cassey-Russel to score our first and only goal.
It was a great season for the Atoms TD Canada Trust. The Atoms will finish up their year in a few weekends when they attend the year end tournament in South Muskoka.
By Chris McMartin
Last Thursday the Pharmasave LL Midget Highland Storm played rivals Highland Storm Total Site Services for their third meeting of the season. Sam Hoenow opened the scoring for Pharmasave on a lovely two on one using teammate Brenden Newhook as a decoy. Total Site Services tied the game early in the second when a player was left wide open in front of Nate Miscio who had no chance stopping the puck. Total Services took the lead for the first time stealing the puck in the neutral zone and scoring on a pretty bar down wrist shot. Paul Turner tied the game near the end of the period after some strong forechecking by Pharmasave. Jake Sisson gave Pharmasave the lead once and for all early in the third period. Brody Prentice with his first of the season and another by Brenden Newhook sent Pharmasave off to a solid 5-3 win and remaining unbeaten against the Total Services team.
By Gord Hoenow
On Saturday morning the Highland Storm LL Canadian Tire Peewee Team faced off against Parry Sound Gibson H&C in Gravenhurst. The Storm players were battling it out all game but Parry Sound had the upper hand. Carson Simms did everything he could to stop the shots on goal but Parry Sound came strong. The Highland Storm Canadian Tire Peewees lost with a score of 5-1. On Sunday afternoon the Highland Storm Canadian Tire Peewees travelled to Huntsville to face off against the Huntsville Bears Main Street Dental Team. This game was a back and forth goal scoring game. Highland Storm had two goals scored by Jamie Crowe and Faysal Wiso but the Huntsville Bears came back and won the game 3-2. This was a great game with strong team effort from all players. The Highland Storm LL Canadian Tire Peewee Team plays their next game on Feb. 23 in Gravenhurst at 12:30 p.m. against the Parry Sound Harry No Frills team.
By Shawn Guild