SATURDAY - Bloomfield Hills, Michigan - The 07 Storm PeeWee A hockey team traveled to Metro-Detroit for a pair of weekend divisional matchups, and skated away with two impressive victories.
In the first game, the 07 Lapeer Storm took on the USA Eagles at the Detroit Skate Club in Bloomfield Hills. The Eagles jumped on the 07 Storm quickly, scoring on the first shift to take an early 1-0 lead. Not long after, #91 Timmy Stull crashed the net and buried a rebound, to even the score at 1-1. A few minutes later, #2 Cory Hall rushed the puck up the ice from his defensive position, and let a quick wrister fly beating the Eagles goalie to make it 2-1. The Eagles answered with a pair of goals, to take the lead 3-2 after one period of play.
Following some end to end action to start the second period, Brennan Bernard found #5 Jordan Davis for a pair of goals, to once again gain the lead for the 07 Storm, and go into the 3rd period with a 4-3 lead. The Storm held the one-goal advantage until midway through the 3rd, when USA picked up a Storm turnover and knotted the game at 4-4 with five minutes to play. With 2:33 to play, the USA Eagles found themselves on a power-play, but the Storm answered the penalty killing bell. #19 Brennan Bernard picked up a loose puck and fired a shot from the slot that was steered aside by the Eagles goaltender, but Jordan Davis was crashing the net and buried his hat-trick goal to put the Storm up 5-4 with 1:47 left to play. A little over 1 minute later, while still killing the penalty, Brennan Bernard broke up an odd-man break and found a streaking Spencer Orange who flipped it into the empty-net to ice the contest 6-4.
Dylan Callan and Josh Eager shared goal-tending duties, and each made key saves during the game to keep the Storm chances alive. Brennan Bernard led the way offensively with five assists and Jordan Davis collected a hat-trick and one assist. The customary hard-hats for hard work were rewarded to #21 Devon Grote who led the way defensively for the Storm and #71 Spencer Orange who played a fantastic all-around hockey game.
SUNDAY - Wyandotte, Michigan - Fresh off a strong performance the night prior, the 07 Storm traveled to Wyandotte, to take on divisional foe the Wyandotte Warriors. In this contest, it was clear which team came to play.
Early in the first period, #8 Jon Whited found the back of the net after some fierce fore-checking in the Warriors zone, to put the Storm up 1-0. A few moments later, Whited again found the back of the net on a great pass from #83 Nick Hoffman to go ahead 2-0. Following some intense pressure from the Storm, #19 Brennan Bernard took a great pass from #5 Jordan Davis and re-directed the puck top-shelf to put the Storm up 3-0.
With a 3-0 lead going into the 2nd period, Jon Whited took a beautiful pass from #12 Cade Doud and buried his hat-trick goal to make it 4-0. The Storm continued to pressure the Warriors throughout the second period, and entered the 3rd period with a commanding 4-0 lead.
In the 3rd, the Storm picked up where they left off and scored goals on the first two shifts of the period. Storm defense-man #83 Nick Hoffman broke up a potential scoring opportunity in the Storm zone and took it end-to-end, beating the Warriors goalie with a wicked wrister off the post on the short-side to put the Storm up 5-0. Just moments later, Jordan Davis took a pass from line-mates Brennan Bernard and #77 Jakob Barton to give the Storm a 6-0 lead. The Warriors added a late tally to make it 6-1.
The dynamic duo of Dylan Callan and Josh Eager split goal-tending duties and steered aside 12/13 shots faced. The Storm had strong performances by both #91 Timmy Stull on defense, and #87 Logan Larsen at center throughout the contest. The customary Storm hard-hats were awarded to Jon Whited for his hat-trick and his line-mate #97 Avery Cook for adding two assists and his dominating performance on the fore-check.
The 07 Storm will enjoy a bit of break over the next few days, and get back into action as they host the Sylvania North Stars on Sunday, January 6th at the Polar Palace in Lapeer, Michigan.