Submitted by Bob Couch
Assistant coach, Stettler Storm atom Cs
With a dramatic last-minute goal, the Stettler Storm atom Cs took home the bronze medal in Iginla Division at the Tournament of Champions on Easter weekend at Innisfail.
The team arrived in style in a limo, with a ride that featured many laughs and lots of singing and dancing to songs played in the dressing room all season long.
In its first game, Stettler played hard. Unfortunately, with just more than a minute left and the game seemingly headed to overtime, Shaw Meadows scored the winner with a hard shot from the left circle to take a 2-1 decision.
With that loss, Stettler moved into the B division and a date with Brooks. That game once again showed just how far the Storm have come this season, with several great plays.
Two goals by Randon Ross led Stettler offensively, while possibly the game-saver came from defenceman Quentin Gall as he swiped a seemingly sure goal off the line as a Brooks player was about to tap in the puck.
Stettler kept the lead and came away with a 4-3 win. That victory vaulted the Storm into the final against the Airdrie Red Necks.
Colton Ansorger gave the Storm an early lead, scoring on a hard wrister from the blue-line.
Brooks tied the score late in the first period.
After that, the goalies were the stars at both ends of the rink. The Stettler net was manned equally by Lane Coenen and Zach Bryson, who took over midway through the game.
It was a great third period that saw both teams get chances, only to be foiled by great goaltending. But with time running out in the third period, defenceman Sydney Kobi picked up a loose puck at the Stettler blueline and raced down the ice. As she drove to the net, she tried to bring the puck back to the middle, but was met with a hard check from a Brooks defenceman.
Fortunately for the Storm, Brooke Laisnez quickly picked up the loose puck and with six seconds left on the clock, she snapped home the winning goal.
That gave the Stettler club a hard-fought 2-1 victory and the top of the B division.
The Storm extends special thanks to Grandma Ross for her healthy snacks between periods. They gave the players that extra boost.
The coaches also can’t say enough about how hard the team has worked.