The U11 Up Right Roofing Highland Storm ran riot in their final regular season game Feb. 25, defeating the Huntsville Otters 10-1 at A.J. LaRue Arena in Haliburton.
The Storm put a lot of pressure on the Otters – the only team in the division to beat them this season – early in the fist, keeping them hemmed in their own end, but couldn’t find a way past the impressive visiting goalie. They maintained the forecheck and increased puck possession in the offensive zone during the second, tiring the Otters. Rowan Little took advantage, finding some extra room to work early in the second period, firing in the go-ahead goal.
The Storm would go on to score an additional nine times, from six different players before the final buzzer: Reed Brown helping himself to a hat-trick, Liam Milburn netting two, and Jaxon Demerchant, Callum Merritt, James Gooley and Corbin Elliott also scoring.
The Otters were only able to get the puck past the solid Bobby Walker once through three periods of play.
The constant forecheck and tough battles won along the boards from Kora Reid, and the fantastic puck distribution of Maddex Reynolds, who had five assists, propelled the Storm to victory. The win solidified first place for the local team, who head to their end-of-year championship series in Parry Sound this weekend