Unless the Storm team can pull out a victory (and do so
while winning by a couple of goals) then their tournament may be
ending with this evening's contest. As only the top four teams (out
of six) make it to the playoffs, this is the last chance for the '05
Storm to fight their way in.
Unfortunately this game got off to the same slow start as the
first two for the Storm, as offense continued to be their downfall.
Once again they went scoreless in the first period of today's
action, though they were able to keep themselves in the game with
some concerted effort on defense, finding themselves down just a
single goal when this period ended. They struggled through the
second period again, falling behind by three goals before they
finally ended their scoring drought with a late goal to bring them
to within two goals going into the third. The final period was a
struggle offensively once again, as they once again gave up a goal,
returning the Brooklyn Sharks three goal lead. That was the deficit
when the game ended as well, as the Storm wrapped up this game (and
in turn the tournament) with a 4-1 loss.
There was a couple of things that we learned through this
tournament - one being that some of the teams that we faced were
'04-'05 teams, while the Storm is an '05 team with a couple of '06's
on the roster as well. That doesn't make the losses any easier to
take, but perhaps makes them a little more explainable. The other
thing about this tournament was that it marked the beginning of the
seemingly inevitable move to defense for Drew. He played a few
shifts in the second game of the tournament there, and exclusively
in this game. As could be expected, he had his moments of struggle,
but also a few positive moments as well. Plus, he really hustled
Although this wasn't the outcome we wanted this weekend, it was
an entertaining three games of hockey. Go Storm!