Feb 12, 2013
North Vancouver Storm Midget A1 – Waiting on Hollyburn Tilt
The Storm had an an exceptional year in Midget A1 last year, finishing first in the Lower Mainland with an 11-4-3 record, and 40 points. But it’s proved to be a tough act to follow. This year’s squad finished 5-10-3, with 31 points, in seventh spot, nine points behind #1 NSWC and #2 Coquitlam who were tied with 40 points.
The team did excel in one category however, gathering 18 of 20 possible sportsmanship points, and putting up just 156 PIM, about half the league average. Only Surrey were less penalized, with just 150 PIMs. Staying out of the penalty box could prove to be a big advantage going forward.
Storm received a bye in the first round of playoffs, and then faced off against 11th place Abbotsford in their first playoff game, prevailing 5-3. The loss relegated Abby to the Presidents Series.
The Storm now wait for the start of the four point third round.
Match-ups hinge on the outcome of the Feb 13 game between Ridge Meadows (4) and Hollyburn (13).
If Ridge Meadows wins, the Storm will face #3 Seafair (323 PIM). If Hollyburn upsets the favorites, the Storm will play Surrey (6). Surrey finished just one point ahead of the Storm, with 31 points, and an almost identical record, 5-8-5, 17.
Ridge finished fourth in Tier 1, with a record of 12-5-1, 13, for 38 points. Hollyburn finished first in Flight 2, 11-3-4, 13, for 39 points.
The Storm will no doubt we pulling for their North Shore rivals in the blue and green on Friday night.
A win by Hollyburn is by no means out of the question. The Huskies lost to #1 NSWC and #3 Seafair by a single goal and tied #2 Coquitlam 3-3 in tiering.
However, even if Ridge wins and the Storm draw the tougher Seafair matchup, anything can happen in a short playoff series, especially in midget hockey, and the Storm’s hopes of salvaging a season to rival to last year’s will still be alive.
Just ask Richmond (11-4-3), who were eliminated by Chilliwack (5-11-2), on Monday night.