Some Big Moments In Win Over Cru

In most games there is usually a moment, the turning point, that shifts the game in favor of one team or the other.

Thursday night in Revolution Arena there were two of those.

The first was a 13 second stretch in the second period.

A goal by Edouard Michaud at 8:23 made the score 2-1 for the Grande Prairie Storm and 13 seconds later Zach Okabe scored to stretch it to 3-1.

After the Crusaders made it 3-2 before the period was out, on a goal by Ryan Cox, the Storm needed another moment to get back in control.

The second moment came while the Crusaders were on the powerplay set to tie the game up early in the third.

That's when the Moon Moment happened. A shorthanded tally by Storm forward Logan Moon. His first of the season and the game-winner in what ended up as a 6-4 Storm win over the Sherwood Park Crusaders.

Veteran forward Justin Bernier also had himself some moments – four of them to be exact.

The Alberta Junior Hockey League scoring leader, with 43 points including 28 assists, had a goal and three helpers Thursday as his line, which also includes Okabe and Michaud, racked up nine points.

Bernier and Sherwood Park's Garrett Clegg traded goals in the first period helping to set up the Michaud-Okabe 13-second quick-hit in the second.

After Moon had scored his shortie, the Crusaders got back into the game on a goal by Cox at 4:40 of the third, but an empty-netter by Okabe with 42 seconds remaining salted it away for the Storm. Bernier gave up a shot at his 16th goal of the season passing to Okabe instead of shooting the puck when the pair broke away for a two-on-one with the open net available to both.

Rookie Storm netminder Ethan Slobodzian got his first home start since September 24 and played well while looking at 22 shots. The Storm fired 27 at Crusader goaltender Bandon Vogel.

The win moves the Storm five points ahead of the Crusaders in fourth place in the North Division.

The two teams battle again Friday in Revolution Arena with a 7:30 p.m. start.