More Power To The Storm

If special teams, like penalty killing,  and goaltending are two of the keys to playoff success over 1,600 hockey fans on Friday in Revolution Place Arena got a sample of what the Grande Prairie Storm are capable of in the post-season.

The Storm PK was better than OK and goaltender Charles-Olivier Levesque was outstanding in a 3-2 Storm win over the Calgary Mustangs.

The Storm killed off eight of nine Mustang powerplays, including a five-on-three situation in the second and third periods, and Levesque made 25 saves – including a stop on Mustang forward Ryan Stoynich at 9:58 of the second period with the game tied 2-2 and the Storm on the powerplay – and refused to yield as the Mustangs battled late to try to force overtime.

The win kept the Storm within a point of the fourth place Sherwood Park Crusaders (44 points to 43) in the North Division of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Jared Power, in his first home game in a Storm uniform,  got his first goal in GP colors and it was a biggie. A Power-play goal no less!

He scored the game-winner at 10:17 of the third on the PP giving the Storm their 20th win of the season and 13th on home ice.

Power shoveled the puck into an open net after a shot by teammate Dallas Comeau had bounced off Calgary goaltender Ashton Abel.

Comeau got the Storm off to a 1-0 lead at 6:27 of the first before a goal by Salvatore Scalise, on the powerplay at 9:30, tied it at 1-1.

Comeau, who was in on all three goals, sent rookie Zach Okabe in alone just 13 seconds into the second and he deked Abel to put the Storm up 2-1.

With 22 seconds remaining in the second the Mustangs tied it at 2-2, on a goal by Ryley Smith, to set up Power's third period heroics.

Comeau was the centre of attention for a different reason late in the game.

He had to get trainer help after being smashed into the boards . . . and his teammates didn't like it.

That resulted in a bit of a melee after the final whistle. A situation that will, no doubt end up in some suspensions.

That means the team could be a little shorthanded when they host the Lloydminster Bobcats at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.