Monday, February 17, 2014

2014 KIJHL champions

The Storm clinched the overall league championship on Saturday night.  The Storm with 81 points could not be caught in the overall standings. A win on Saturday in Lillooet just added icing on the cake.  The Storm hosted the 100Mile House Wranglers in Lillooet as a neutral site game. The Storm won 3-2.  The winning goal scored by Lillooet native Brett Watkinson in double overtime.  The crowd went crazy, as the hometown hero made it a show that won't soon be forgotten.    

What is next for the Storm  first a makeup game Wednesday in Sicamous and then they are going to the NHL (rink that is). MacArthur island has two rinks the Storm's normal rink is the Olympic, the other is called the NHL.  This Saturday they will finish the regular season with a special promotion  KMHA, and Papa Johns pizza will give the first 500 paid adults a coupon for a free Papa johns pizza. One coupon per family.  It will be a special night on the NHL rink, the banner as league champions will also be presented.  The Storm will go back to the Olympic ice for playoffs starting Tuesday February 25 and Thursday February 27 th when they will start a best of seven series against the Sicamous Eagles. All games will be at 7 pm  

The Storm have only lost 8 times this season, 2 against, 100 Mile House, 2 against North Okanagan, and once to Golden, Chase, Creston and to Sicamous.  Sicamous was the last loss the Storm suffered to date a 7-5 defeat on January 31.  Playoffs will be a war as the Storm don't take losing easy and they will want to finish the Eagles quickly.  So far the teams have met 7 times.  In September it was 3-2 kamloops in overtime.  October was a 6-3 win.  November 5-3, December a 4-0 shutout.  January a 6-3 win then on January 31 the loss in Kamloops 7-5. The Storm rebounded in February with a 3-1 victory.  In the seven games so far with one game to play, the Storm have scored 32 times and given up 19 goals.  Sicamous have one of the top defensive teams and compete by working hard and relying on solid goaltending.  The Storm counter with great offence and are fighting for the league lead in fewest goals scored allowed.  It should be a good series but GO STORM.  

Come out and catch some great hockey action as the Storm look to go a long way in playoffs. Tickets for the playoffs are on sale only $10 for exciting hockey action.

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