Submitted by Lorne Langevin
Over the course of the season, the Kemptville Storm Peewee Team played three tournaments, travelling to North Bay in November where they met up with girls’ teams that play regular season against boy’s teams due to the long travelling distances between communities of girls teams. Storm ended this tournament with a 1-1-1, not enough to move on. In December, they played 5 games in the Gloucester Cumberland Tournament where they brought home the Gold Medal! In February, the Storm Team travelled to Port Elgin to play in the Saugeen Shores Silver Stick finals. Saugeen Shores was a satellite site for International Women’s Hockey Weekend in Canada hosting the OWHL Toronto Fury v. Boston Blades game. It is not often girls have the opportunity to watch a women’s hockey game. The Storm Team were able meet many of the Fury team who were on site for the weekend as mentors and providing autographs. What an opportunity this group of 11-12 year old girls. The Silver Stick results were 1-2-1, again, not enough to move on.
Once home, the Kemptville Storm Peewee C team ended the regular league games season with a 15-3-2 of 20 games, putting the peewee team in second place for the season. Top 6 teams play a playoff round robin series. Going into their last playoff game, the Peewee Storm team needed not only a win but to win with a goal differential of using the tie breaking formula as set out in the ODWHA formula (Highest ratio of total goals for divided by goals against (goals for + goals against)) of .6 or better to beat out Carleton Place and Ottawa Valley for a chance at league title. At the end of the third period, although the team was winning 4-2, it would not have been enough to move on. They needed another goal! Head Coach Jamie Desormeaux decided to pull the goalie and put out another player. The team pulled together and were able to score, placing them in first place overall after playoff games, forcing the penalty minute tiebreaker between Carleton Place and Ottawa Valley Thunder.
Championship Day found Kemptville Storm up against Carleton Place for the League title. Kemptville and Carleton Place both wanted league title and the Championship game ended in a 0-0 tie, forcing sudden death overtime period followed by a shootout. The first three shooters for both teams were held off by the outstanding goal keeping until simultaneous goals were scored by both teams fourth shooters. With the tie still unbroken, defenseman Jordyn Quesnel was up next for the Storm team and scored! Kemptville Peewee Storm declared league Champions!.
With league title under their belt, the Kemptville Storm Peewee C team headed to Toronto to compete in the Ontario Provincial Championships. The girls went in with a storm, playing well and competing hard to win all three round robin games with a goal differential score landing them in third place over 20 Ontario teams going into the quarter final round. Kemptville Storm met up with a team from home in the quarter and won over Gloucester 3-1. They went on to play the semi finals against the 2014/15 Ontario Provincial Champions the TCDMHA Rebels, a team they had played at the Silver Stick finals and lost. Kemptville Storm could not pull off a win, putting them up against Timmins Kings, who lost their semi final game after seven 10-minute periods of overtime, to play for the bronze medal. Both teams fought hard and ended in a tie at the end of the third, forcing a 10 minute sudden death overtime period to the clock. Timmins came out of nowhere and scored in the first couple minutes of play, after 7 periods of overtime in their semi final, they were not going home empty handed.
Congratulations Peewee C Storm on a fantastic hockey season and placing 4th overall in the Province of Ontario!
Kemptville Peewee C Storm ended the 2015/16 seasons with 48 games played and a record of 34-11-3. The coaching staff is extremely proud of this group of highly committed hockey players and wish them all the best of luck in their next season.
Photo: Coaching Staff (right to left) Kerry Craig (A.C.), Jamie Desormeaux (Head Coach), Scott Mather (AC), Melissa Halsey (Trainer), Vanessa Grue (Manager)