Bounce Back Game For The Storm

Make the winning streaks long and the losing streaks short. Follow that recipe and you're bound to have success, no matter what your sport.

Following an eleven game winning spree, the Grande Prairie Storm dropped a pair in Lloydminster this past weekend to match their longest slide of the year. Wednesday night in Drayton Valley, the Storm made sure that slump did not hit three games, as they doubled up on the Thunder 6-3.

Gus Correale led the way offensively on the night for Grande Prairie with a goal and two assists. For Correale, it was a return to the form which garnered him AJHL player of the week honours earlier in November, before slowing down as of late. Ryan Matthews (1-1), Sam Lawson (0-2) and Tyler Haiste (0-2) also had multiple point games for the Storm, with Davin Stener, Tanner Labbe, Marc-Etienne Drapeau and Mike Forsyth getting the other goals on the night.

Penalty killing would likely be the one area where coach Blaine Bablitz wouldn't be happy about, coming out of this one. The Thunder scored all their goals on the powerplay, going 3-for-11 in the game. Grande Prairie, meanwhile, was just 1-for-10.

It was the second meeting of the season between the two clubs, as the Storm atoned for a 5-2 loss back on September 18th to the Thunder at the Canada Games Arena. That setback was the lone blemish thus far on home ice, where Grande Prairie is 13-1.

Storm now set their sights on a bit of revenge with Lloydminster, as they travel to the Border City for a Thursday meeting with the Bobcats. The two clubs are currently 2-2 against each other this season, with their final match-up set for December 14th, back in Grande Prairie.

– Story by Don Whiteford of