On Saturday, Nov. 11, the Highland Storm U13 Rep team continued its undefeated streak against the Millbrook Stars.
The victory came on the heels of a huge tournament win in Niagara-on-the-Lake, over Belle River, to be crowned the Harvest Classic Champions.
Millbrook showed up at the A.J. LaRue arena ready to play. The Stars were able to crack the incredible Storm defensive corps of Henry Neilson, Hawksley Dobbins, Hudson Meyer and Levi Rowe to take a 1-0 lead.
Coaches Scott, James and Marcus provided some midperiod inspiration, leading to the Storm starting the second with extra energy in each step.
Travis Rowe connected twice with crafty assists from Dobbins, Neilson and Cruize Neave, sending the Storm to a 2-1 lead.
Blake Hutchinson made several key and acrobatic saves to shut down the continued Millbrook pressure.
Jaxon Hurd, Tyler Hughes and Lyla Degeer used effective back-checking to generate many chances against a hot Millbrook goalie throughout the game, leading to many cheers from the crowd.
With continued pressure, Brycen Harrison netted back-toback goals, with helpers from Travis Rowe, Dobbins and Neave giving the Storm a 4-1 advantage midway through the second.
The third line of Linus Gervais, Hunter Hamilton and Chase Kerr used their speed to open up the ice and draw a couple of penalties to slow down the Millbrook offence. After many great chances, Neave finally found the net, with an assist from Harrison to extend the lead to 5-1 for the Storm.
The Storm continued with a relentless offensive assault on the strong Millbrook goaltender, drawing oohs and ahs from the stands until Neilson drove home the sixth goal of the game with assists from Dobbins and Gervais. Millbrook added a second goal but couldn’t overcome the Storm, leading to a 6-2 final. Second goalie Marshall Heasman, who had a stellar shutout in Niagara, was ready if needed.