Children's author Stella Grasso will be reading from her book Five Busy Beavers at the Lions Club's Stories in the Park event on July 8. Grasso is a Halls Lake cottager. Photo courtesy of Stella Grasso

Storm wins Matt Duchene Fall Classic

Over the weekend the Joanne Sharpleys Source For Sports Highland Storm Peewee A boys hosted the Matt Duchene Fall Classic and won the tournament championship going undefeated in the process.
In the first game of the round robin the Storm were facing a familiar foe in the Sturgeon Lake Thunder.
The game was a tightly contested battle with the two teams skating away with a 2-2 tie.
Goal scorers were Alex Little and Joe Boice both goals unassisted.
The second game of the day had the Newcastle Stars slated as opponents. The Storm were victorious running away with this one with an offensive supernova destroying the Stars 9-0. The score says it all in this matchup as the Storm had three times as many goals as the Stars had shots.
In the third and final contest of the day the boys were matched up against a very well rounded Mariposa Lightning team with lots of fire power. Our boys scored two goals a period and stellar goaltending from Darian Maddock turned away all but one of the Lightning numerous grade A scoring chances. Leading the way in scoring were Joe Boice with two goals and an assist Tyson Clements with a goal and an assist Dylan Keffer with a goal and an assist Jake Sisson and Alex Little with a goal each Cole Prentice and Colin Glecoff added an assist each as well.
In the semi-final game the Bancroft Jets had the pleasure to contend with our powerhouse Storm. The Jets never scored until the third period after a plethora of opportunities but the game was out of reach as Joe Boice already scored four of his own to take this one 4-1. Cole Prentice gain an assist on all of Joe’s goals and finished with four points. Aiden Neave and Colin Glecoff added assists.
The championship game was a rematch with the Mariposa Lightning and subsequently was a goaltending battle with our boys sealing the deal with a 2-1 victory.  Congratulations to the Joanne Sharpley’s Source for Sports Highland Storm Peewee A Matt Duchene Fall Classic Champions.
Submitted by Trevor Maddock

Midget A Storm hosts Flames

Friday  night was the home opener for Dollo’s Foodland and Smolen’s Dentistry Highland Storm Midget A team as they hosted the Penetang Flames. The first period had the home side in penalty trouble for most of the time frame with the visiting club jumping out to a 3-0 lead as the segment ended. Owen Patterson-Smith notched the first tally of the night for the hosting club on a power play of their own making it 3-1 and three minutes later he scored again both on feeds from Jadon Wood to bring the score within a goal but the visitors quickly rebutted to end the second period at 4-2. In a tight checking third period the Storm scored first midway through the time frame on a goal by Mac Rider pulling within one but the Flames scored two more shortly after to jump out to a 6-3 lead as the Highlanders applied a flurry of pressure over the last four minutes they could only score one more by Patterson-Smith giving him three on the night alas ending the game as a 6-4 defeat. Jaydon Wood had three assists on the night; Kyle Lavergne had two with Jacob Haedicke and Jon Morrison one each.
For the second game of the weekend the Dollo’s Foodland and Smolen’s Dentistry Highland Storm Midget A team took to the ice against the Almaguin Ice Devils in Sundridge  on Sunday afternoon Oct. 18. The team unfortunately was still down to two lines due to injuries but a lively squad took to the ice against the home team finishing the first period down two to one the first goal of the night was scored by Chris Thompson. The second period proved to be the best they’ve played this season where the Storm ravaged the Devils scoring four goals; a natural hat trick for Jaydon Wood with the other tally by Owen Patterson-Smith the period finished with the visitors having a 5-4 edge. Period 3 was a see-saw battle the home team tied it up quickly but the Storm answered with the go ahead goal halfway through. The first win of the season was in sight until a controversial Devil’s goal with two seconds left on the clock tied it up and the game finished 6-6. Within seconds of their first victory of the season a spirited effort from the entire squad was made and we look forward to the Cody Hodgson Midget Fall Classic tournament next weekend in Minden.
Submitted by Katie and Dave Howe

Bantam A Storm takes on Shamrocks
The Highland Storm Bantam A had a busy week with three games resulting in one win and two losses. It began Tuesday Oct. 13 in Haliburton against the Parry Sound Shamrocks.  The Highland Storm grabbed a 9-2 victory.
The Highland Storm team was on fire in the first period scoring five goals leading 5-2 after 15 minutes of play. Lucas Haedicke started it off by chipping it in past the goalie minutes into the game with help from Noah Black and Braeden Robinson. Minutes later Braeden Robinson snuck in close for the second goal passes from Shawn Walker and Nikolas Dollo.  Shamrocks reacted quickly to tie it up but not for long. Lucas Haedicke rushed up the boards and manoeuvred nicely toward the net and found the opening assisted by Noah Black. The Highland Storm took the lead once more. It was Braeden Robinson that got the next goal a nice pass from Shawn Walker while on a power play. Nearing the end of the period a hard rush by Lucas Haedicke a pass onto the stick of Zach Morissette and he made it 5-2.
The momentum continued in the second period. The Highland Storm dominated the play.  Passes from Tanner Crang and Billy Walker found James Alexander alone in front of the net and he banged in the sixth goal. Late in the second Austin French got a power play goal with help from Nigel Smith and Noah Black ending the second. The Highland Storm continued to push another rush by Lucas Haedicke a pass off to James Alexander who found the stick of Zach Morissette and he put it away for the eighth goal. With less than two minutes remaining in the game Shawn Walker started the rush to centre he found James Alexander who passed it to Nigel Smith and he scored the final goal. Great job boys!
The Highland Storm Bantam A team met with the Penetang Flames and suffered a 9-0 loss Friday Oct. 16 in Haliburton.
Saturday Oct. 17 the Highland Storm Bantam A team travelled to Huntsville to play the Otters and returned with a 4-2 loss. The first period ended with the Highland Storm down 2-0. It was Owen Gilbert who got a breakaway and put the Storm on the scoreboard in the second. Although the third period was full of penalties Isaac Little’s pass gave Shawn Walker a breakaway which he capitalized on nicely. All the boys played really well.
Join us this weekend for the Cody Hodgson Fall Classic Tournament in Haliburton.
Submitted by Suzanne Haedicke