Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sharks defeat Storm again

The powerhouse Storm team was virtually knocked out of Playdowns with a second consecutive defeat to the Scarborough Sharks. Give the Sharks credit for sticking to their game plan that prevent the Storm from taking advantage of their strengths. The Sharks continued to dump the puck deep in the Storm end and check relentlessly. In their own end they formed a wall in front of their inexperience goalie to cut off most scoring chances.

At the end it was almost a repeat of last night's game. It was a scoreless game until midway through the third period when the Sharks scored yet again on a scramble in front of the net. With just over 2 minutes remaining in the game Amanda drove towards the next off her wrong wing to finally beat the goalie. Sheri took a roughing penalty with 98 seconds remaining and with a man short Mari almost scored the winning goal. But with time running out on the clock the Sharks scored to sweep both games of the round robin.

The results were disappointing but it doesn't take away from the outstanding season this team has had. Two tournament championships proves this team can win in the clutch despite what happened this weekend. We should all be proud. And the season is not over. The LLFHL playoffs are just underway which provides the Storm with an opportunity to redeem themselves.