More often that not, when a team gets 60 shots on the opposition net they leave the ice with 2 points. That was not to be this night as the Storm held the lead all game until just under two minutes remaining when the Saints tied it up. The Storm peppered PAC goaltender, Christian Francis, with 60 shots but could only manage to get 2 by him. Storm Head Coach Ryan Allen thought his club could have put themselves in a better position. "We carried most of the play and generated chances so with the amount of shots we had, to only score two goals was not good enough".
The GPAC team struck quickly, just 3:35 into the game when Bowen Grycan scored with the assist going to Luke Scheck. 9 minutes later, Brock Robertson put the Storm up 2-0 with Bowen Grycan earning his second point of the evening with the helper.
Storm goaltender Karson Bradford stopped 30 of 32 shots directed his way. Over all, Coach Allen was happy with the team's energy. "For the first game of the year, we had a great effort and we'll take the point" he said.
After selecting their team in August, coaches Ryan Allen and Paul Therrien were extremely pleased with how deep the team looked, both in overall skill and skating ability. That depth was on full display with 13 players contributing on the scoreboard in a convincing 8-1 win against the Saints. The Storm took a 1-0 lead to the dressing room after one period thanks to a goal by Keets Fawcett (assist to Dylan Hoath). "We made some adjustments after the first in terms of faceoffs and D-zone and we challenged everyone to be better" said Coach Allen. Those adjustments paid off in a big way. The Storm broke the game open at the start of the second when the team scored 4 goals within a span of 6:03; Eric Giesbrecht (assist to Reis Nyland), Billy Barbarich (Dylan Hoath, Brock Robertson), Bowen Grycan (Korban Knezevich), Casey Leavens (Jackson Ward) had the Storm up 4-0 before the game was half over. The Saints scored what would be their only goal of the game at 6:23. Reis Nyland (unassisted) chipped in with just 26 seconds left in the middle period to put the Storm up 5-1 after 2. As in the second period, the Storm started the third with a flurry, scoring 3 goals in 3:21. Eric Giesbrecht, with his second of the game (assist to Reis Nyland), Nyland on the power play, with his second (Luke Scheck and Jackson Lee) and Camden McNaughton (unassisted) put the game out of reach as the team glided to an 8-1 win. With Nyland leading the way with 4 points, Coach Allen was also impressed with the first year players. "It's a big jump from PeeWee to AAA", said Allen, "and Gauchier, Giesbrecht, and Walker were really noticeable."
Overall, of the 10 goals scored over the weekend for the Storm, 9 were at even strength, something which again, illustrates the depth of the squad. At the other end of the ice, goalies Karson Bradford and Keagin Kelln held the fort . "Both goalies were solid and gave us a chance to win both games" said Allen.
Next action for the U15AAA Storm is Saturday, October 24 at the County Sportsplex against the same PAC Saints.