Mar 21, 2023
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Mar 21, 2023
Feb 27, 2023
The Storm finish the Nova Scotia U15 Major Hockey League regular season in second place with 77 points in 33 games with a record of 23-5-2-1-1-1 and will take on the 11th place WearWell Bombers in a best of 3 playoff series. The series gets underway Saturday afternoon at 3:30 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre in Westville, NS.
The second game will be held at The Eye of the Storm (Cole Harbour Place Scotia 1), Sunday, March 5th at 11:00am. There will be a gift card basket raffle, 50/50, Candy Bag sales, and Chuck-A-Puck with all proceeds will go to Special Olympics Nova Scotia.
The third and final game, if necessary, will be Wednesday, March 8th at The Eye of the Storm. The winner of the playoff series will be punch their ticket to the NSU15MHL Provincial Championship being held at the Rath Eastlink Centre in Truro, March 16-19.
The 2022-2023 Storm set club records for:
Most Wins: 26
Fewest Losses: 7
Goals For: 165
Goals Against 81
Feb 27, 2023
Feb 26, 2023
The Storm capped off their regular season in Antigonish on Saturday with an 8-1 win over the Novas and finished second place in league standings! The Storm finished the regular season with a club record 26 wins! The official record is 23 regulation wins, 5 regulation losses, 2 OT wins, 1 OT loss, 1 SO win and 1 SO loss.
Scoring was led by Cole MacLeod, who scored five (yes five!) times plus one assist! Aiden O’Donnell had a five point day with two goals and three assists and took the league’s goals and points titles! River Welsh scored once to take the lead in the rookie scoring race and Owen O’Donnell had three assists and took the league’s assist title. Claire Sanford and Maddock Lopez had two apples each and Mack Clements had one. Goaltender Will Cole turned away 20 of 21 shots faced with the only goal coming on a PK at 4:59 in the 3rd after battling through close to seven straight minutes of PK.
The Storm will be on the road next weekend to start the playoffs against either the Valley Wildcats or the WearWell Bombers (they play this afternoon) in a best two out three game series with the series winner moving onto Provincials.
This season, the Storm and the players broke many club and league records and many individual club and league records plus several notable achievments. Later this week, we will go through them all.
Feb 26, 2023
January 19, 2023, Cole Harbour, NS - There was a buzz in Scotia 1 arena at Cole Harbour Place. The anticipation was palpable.It was Minor Hockey Night last night for the Storm’s Wednesday night home game vs the Truro Bearcats and saw the “home” side of the stands full of minor hockey jerseys from around the area. The stands were packed...electric. But, it wasn’t just because of all the minor hockey jerseys from around the area.
To say there was a lot riding on this game would be an understatement. With a win, not only would the Storm sweep the regular season series with the Bearcats, but they would also move up to second in the league standings, two points ahead of rival Halifax. It also wasn’t just anticipation of revenge after the Bearcats defeated the Storm 2-0 in playoff action at the East Coast Ice Jam Saturday morning. No, it was something more. This Storm was trying to make history. They were trying to break the club’s all-time regular season win record. The previous record was set at 18 during the 2014-2015 season. They were tied with that group with 18 wins after winning their previous five games and 9 of their last 10.
It was expected to be a close game with a possible goaltending duel between Storm second year netminder, Will Cole and Truro rookie, Sam Berthiaume, with the two meeting three times previously (twice regular season, once Ice Jam).
Maddock Lopez opened the scoring at 6:12 in the first; Lopez’s first goal of his NSU15MHL career. Lopez was assisted by Defencewoman and Assistant Captain, #12 Claire Sanford and #10, Nate Bourdreau.
Storm rookie, #18 River Welsh scored his 10 goal of the season at 3:17 in the second period, assisted by Captain Aiden O’Donnell and Mack Clements to put the Storm up 2-0.
At 8:34 in the second, Truro goalie, Sam Berthiaume received a two-minute Delay of Game penalty for knocking the net off its moorings to put the Storm on the McPower Play. 45 seconds later, Griffin MacEachern received a tripping penalty to put the Storm on a 5-on-3 McPower Play. 49 seconds later, Assistant Captain, #17 Cole MacLeod, buried one in the back of the net to put the Storm up 3-0. MacLeod was assisted by Aiden O’Donnell and Mack Clements.
With 15:57 left in the game, Owen O’Donnell scored the Cluett Insurance Goal assisted by Cole MacLeod to put the Storm up 4-0, which ended up being the final score.
At the buzzer, the team rushed goalie, Will Cole and they celebrated. They celebrated bouncing back after a defeat to the Bearcats in the Ice Jam. They celebrated sweeping the Bearcats. They celebrated the shutout. Most importantly, they celebrated this group breaking the New Scotland Storm’s all-time regular season win record with 19 wins with eight more games to play in the regular season.
Jan 19, 2023
Dec 21, 2022
Storm head into the Christmas break on a strong note after finishing 2/3rds of their regular season.