Hugh Nichol from the Haliburton Curling Club will be the team’s coach at the Canada Winter Games Trials in Sault Ste. Marie. From left Jessica Byers Paige Ballantyne Lena Haase Savannah Byers and Hugh Nichol. /Submitted

Tykes strike down Coyotes in tournament

The following are submitted minor hockey briefs.

The Tom Prentice and Sons tyke team had their first tournament of the season on Saturday Dec. 3. Deagan Davison scored in the first period starting their first game off against the Kawartha Coyotes Red team. Henry Neilson scored in the second period with Davison and Vanek Logan scoring in the third period to tie it up and move into a shoot-out. Hudson Horsley played tremendously and saved all shots on him in the shoot-out. Evan Perrot and Logan both scored in the shoot-out to win the game 5-4. The second game was a tough battle against the Whitby Wildcats. Davison scored a hat trick with Logan adding to the scoreboard. The team played amazing and fought to the end of the game. Sadly they lost in the end with a score 10-4. The third and final game against Kawartha Coyote white team was a tiresome battle. It allowed the team to work on their teamwork and moving the puck. Kamahl Russell-Casey raised the puck to score in the first period. The whole team skated hard but wasn’t able to pull out a win. What a great start to the tyke season and hard work by all the players. Go Storm go!

Submitted by Tamara Bain

The Cottage Country Building Supplies/ Ridgewood Ford Highland Storm atoms hosted the Mariposa Lightning at the A.J. LaRue arena on Sunday Dec. 11. This was a close game from the very beginning. Addison Carr was the first to score early in the first period and Avery Degeer scored assisted by Cody Keller two minutes after but with 20 seconds left the Lightning scored their first goal of the game. The second period started with a goal by the Lightning and then another three minutes later. The Storm were down 3-2. Going into the third Cooper Coles scored the first goal of the third tying the game 3-3. However at 4:55 Lightning scored to take back their lead. But Storm were not going down that easy with three minutes left Austin Boylan scored and the game stay tied. The final score was 4-4.
On Dec. 17 the Cottage Country Building Supplies/Ridgewood Ford Highland Storm atoms travel to Huntsville to face the Huntsville Otters at 3:30 p.m.
Submitted by Amber Card

The Storm Midget A team crushed the Muskoka Rock 4-1 in Port Carling Sunday afternoon. The first period offered lots of back and forth action but remained scoreless. Both teams worked aggressively to get on the scoreboard in the second period. The Storm team maintained control of the puck after an awesome rush. Passes from Ryan Prentice and Trevor Turner found the stick of Owen Patterson-Smith. He manoeuvred through the defence and his keen eye found the top corner opening for the first goal. That gave the Storm team a jolt of momentum and they continued to dominate the game. Less than a minute later Greg Crofts made a quick pass from behind the net to the open Owen Gilbert he was in front of the net and ready to slam in the second goal. The Storm continued to push. A few minutes later they successfully duplicated the previous goal. This time it was Nik Dollo who was open in front of the net and ready to score the third goal. The pass from behind the net came from Owen Patterson-Smith. That comfortable 3-0 lead for the Storm midget team ended the second period. It was a fast paced third period and the Rock pushed hard at the Storm. That resulted in a goal and closed the gap to 3-1. Both teams worked hard. As did Greg Crofts when he raced ahead of the Rock’s player and picked up the puck for a breakaway. He rushed to the net but was hauled down resulting in an opportunity for the rare penalty shot. The excitement grew as Greg set off it was a great try and hard shot that just missed. Later Chris Thompson’s tenacious attitude paid off as he fought for the puck maintained controlled while being pestered but still managed a shot and got the goal. A great 4-1 win for the Storm.
Drop in to the Haliburton arena Tuesday at 8:30 for the next Storm midget game against the Mariposa Lightning.
Submitted by Suzanne Haedicke

The Bancroft I.D.A./Red Eagle Family Campground midget B girls hosted Cold Creek on Saturday afternoon in Bancroft. The Jets looked to keep building on their second half of the season focus against the second place Comets in their LLFHL Eastern loop play. Bancroft started the game with an aggressive attack and secured an early first period 1-0 with Kenndal Marsden’s snap shot that beat the Comet tender low glove side. Jules Croskery gave the Jets a 2-0 first period lead finishing off a sweet pass from Katie Funk as she stepped out from behind the Cold Creek net. The Comets gained some momentum in the second when they capitalized on their power play sliding a deflected puck into the net. Both teams battled to find the next marker but both tenders kept the score at 2-1. Great gritty team effort Jets!
Bancroft travelled to Lindsay on Sunday night to face off against the pesky Lynx squad. Jordan Brownlee gave the Jets a late first period 1-0 lead capitalizing on a determined effort in the Lindsay end putting home a loose puck off a scramble in the Lynx goal-mouth. Lindsay evened the score at 1-1 late in the second period with a power play marker from a point shot that went high glove through a maze of players. Both teams tried to find the tie-breaker but could not find the twine at the other
end of the rink. The Jets take on the Keene Wolverines next weekend in a home-and-home battle – Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Keene and then Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in Bancroft. Be sure the tanks are refuelled girls as we focus on the weekend challenge in an effort to maintain first place in our Eastern loop.
Submitted by Dan Marsden

On Saturday Dec. 10 the JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports/Haliburton Family Medical Centre Highland Storm peewees headed to Port Carling to face the Muskoka Rock. The Storm opened the scoring with a wrap around goal by Nick Phippen unassisted. With both teams battling back and forth the Storm scored again with a goal by Dylan Keefer assisted by Ty Mills. The Muskoka Rock scored one at the end of the first to put the score at 2-1 for the Storm going into the second. The Storm took control in the second period scoring three more goals. Goals scored by Keefer assisted by Kyan Hall Keefer unassisted and the third goal by Colin Glecoff unassisted putting the Storm up 5-1. The third period the Storm kept control of the game scoring three more goals. With goals going to Keefer assisted by Mills Glecoff assisted by Hunter Winder and Evan Armstrong and the final goal scored by Keefer assisted by Hall and Ben Robinson. Great goaltending by Darian Maddock giving the Storm the 8-1 win. The Storm’s next game is Saturday Dec. 17 at 4:10 in Huntsville against the Otters.
Submitted by Ron Hall

The Leveque Brothers/Rock Breakers peewee girls played a double header in Peterborough on Sunday to take on the Ice Kats. The first game saw some great end-to-end action with outstanding saves by both goalies. The Ice Kats proved they were an improved team as they challenged the girls on every play. The Ice Kats had a one-goal lead in the third period but the Jets tied the game with 33 seconds left. Goals scored by Avery Coens and Ava Smith. Assists to Trista Young (2) and Olivia Villamere (2).
The second game of the day the Jets came out wanting the full two points. With good defensive plays to keep the puck out of our end the forwards capitalized on the opportunities and netted three goals giving Bella Smolen the shutout on the game with a final score of 3-0. Goals scored by Mackenzie Hudder Emma Tidey and Ava Smith. Assists going to Coens Villamere Megan Jenkins (2) Yound and Tidey.
The girls will play their final home game in Haliburton Saturday at 6 p.m. before the holiday break. Come cheer on the Jets.
Submitted by Melissa Armstrong

The Haliburton Timber Mart/Canadian Tire Highland Storm novice team had a full schedule this past weekend starting on Friday Dec. 9 when they travelled to Oakwood to play against the Mariposa Lightning. The Storm came out flat in the first period and found themselves trailing by three early. Shortly into the second the Storm found their stride and the scoring streak began. The Storm continued their offensive pressure for the remainder of the game leading to a 7-4 win for the Storm. Goals were scored by Brechin Johnston Jace Mills Josh Scheffee and Liam Harrison. Excellent defence and goaltending sealed the deal for the Storm.
On Saturday Dec. 10 the Haliburton Timber Mart/Canadian Tire Highland Storm novice team were off to Parry Sound for a double header in league game action. The first game was a battle from start to finish. Brechin Johnston scored the first goal of the game and put the Storm on top. Excellent defence by Brady Burtch Evan Jones Caleb Manning and Parker Simms minimized the scoring power of the Shamrocks. Hard checking by MacLean Rowden and Austin Latanville led to many turnover opportunities for the Storm and Josh Scheffee capitalized with another goal. The Storm were victorious with a 2-0 win.
In the second game of the double header the Storm didn’t quite have the same speed and precision and found themselves down early to the Shamrocks. Excellent goaltending by Chase Winder kept the Storm within reach but they just couldn’t develop any offensive pressure. The Storm skated well and fought hard but dropped this one 4-0 to the Shamrocks.
After some much needed rest the Haliburton Timber Mart/Canadian Tire Highland Storm novice team were back on home ice in Haliburton on Sunday Dec. 11 squaring off against the Sturgeon Thunder. The Storm pressured early but found themselves behind after two periods of play. The Thunder were relentless in their offensive pressure and had a 4-0 lead with minutes remaining in the third period. Brechin Johnston netted a goal just before the buzzer to end the game with a 4-1 loss for the Storm. Another good weekend of hockey for the Storm. The novice team is back in action on Saturday Dec. 17 when they host the Mariposa Lightning in Haliburton. The puck drops at 11 a.m. See you there.
Submitted by Janice Scheffee

Players among the three Junior County League teams joined together to represent Highland Storm in the Atom AE Silver Stick Regional Tournament on Dec. 3 and 4 this past weekend.
With only two weeks to prepare a team and two practices co-ordinated by Craig Smith along side with head coach Cory Simms assistant coach James Raposo and trainer Chad Russell they all worked hard to turn a great group of players into a team.
Fifteen players set out on the ice early morning Saturday to play the first game against Beeton Stingers and Highland Storm was defeated 12-0. Highland Storm were also defeated in the second game 15-1 against the Lindsay Muskies. Sawyer Boutin got the lone goal.
The final game was against Ingersoll Express what a nail biter that game was with only 25 seconds left on the clock Ingersoll Express tied up the game with a final score of 5-5. Sawyer Boutin got two goals and Isaac Lee got a hat trick.
While every single Storm player should be mentioned for their amazing effort and talent out on the ice it was Carson Simms our Highland Storm goalie that was the huge star of the day making countless saves and an all round outstanding player.
While Highland Storm may fallen short of top standings these 15 players never felt an ounce of defeat. Their voices could be heard echoing across the arena cheering each other on from the bench. Their enthusiasm and love for the game was seen and heard by all. We are all thankful for the opportunity to play in such an elite event and only hope that they can have the opportunity to compete in several other tournaments before the hockey season ends.
A huge thank you goes out to Craig Smith who gave our team the opportunity to come together and represent Highland Storm.
Submitted by Angela Russell