The Grande Prairie Storm have started a new streak, but not one they want to be on. Fresh off of their eleven straight AJHL wins, the Storm have now dropped two in a row…and to the last place team in the North Division, no less.
After losing 4-1 Friday night in Lloydminster, the Storm weren't any better on Saturday, as they fell 5-1 to the Bobcats. Fairview's Adam Boytinck actually opened the scoring with a powerplay goal early in the second period, but it was all Bobcats after that. It was 3-1 Lloydminster after 40 minutes, before the home side added two more in the third period to round out the scoring.
For the second straight game, Grande Prairie actually held an edge on the shot clock, 26-25. However, like Curtis Skip on Friday, Nick Kulmanovsky didn't have a great save percentage in this game, as he blocked just 80% of the shots directed his way.
Perhaps the most telling statistic right now with this Storm team, though, is the huge difference in their home and away records. While they are virtually unbeatable at the Canada Games Arena, going 13-1, they posses a sub-par record of 4-6-2 on the road. Unfortunately for the Storm, their next three are also on the road, with Drayton Valley coming first on Wednesday. They then come back to Lloydminster on Thursday night.
Storm don't return home until Friday, December 7th, when the Sherwood Park Crusaders pay a visit to the Swan City.
– Story by Don Whiteford of www.PeaceCountrySports.com