Long Trip Home After CC Loss

 It takes a little over seven hours to drive from Calgary to Grande Prairie.

For the Grande Prairie Storm that road trip no doubt felt a lot longer on Saturday.

A 5-3 loss to the Calgary Canucks ended a four-game road trip. The Storm went 0-4.

Home will look sweet as the team returns to Revolution Arena for games Wednesday (Bonnyville Pontiacs) and Friday (Brooks Bandits).

Despite the four losses in a row on the road the Storm continue to hold on to fourth place in the North Division of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Depending on the outcome of a game between the fifth place Sherwood Park Crusaders and Pontiacs Saturday that lead will be either three, two or one point.

A stretch of just over 10 minutes in the second period did the Storm in on Saturday.

After a scoreless first, the Canucks scored four in a row (Jaxon Steele, Jordan McConnell on the powerplay, Copper Johnson and Zach Russell) starting nine seconds in and ending at 10:57.

The Storm battled back.

Jonathon Harder made it 4-1 at 13:35 and then a shortie by team scoring leader Justin Bernier at 16:07 got it to 4-2 by the end of the second.

A goal by Parker Huebner at 7:51 made it a one-goal game making it anyone's game.

The thoughts of a GP win ended with just 22 seconds left in the game when Hayden Ursulak scored an empty-netter to make it 5-3.

Veteran goaltender Charles-Olivier Levesque started for the Storm allowing four goals on 18 shots and was replaced by rookie call-up Steven Bacovsky from the Airdrie Bisons who didn't allow a goal on nine shots. Erik Gordon went the distance for the Canucks looking at 29 shots.