By Logan Clow, Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
The Grande Prairie Storm’s road woes continued over the weekend, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Whitecourt Wolverines on Friday and losing 6-0 to the Spruce Grove Saints on Saturday.
Ian McLellan scored his second goal of the season on Friday to tie the game at 1-1. The Wolverines, ahead 2-1 in the third period, scored two empty net goals late in the period to secure the victory. Storm goaltender Liam McLeod turned aside 29 shots.
On Saturday, the Storm were shut out for the sixth time this season. The Saints outshot the Storm 38-15 and scored three goals in the first and second period. McLeod played two periods and made 17 saves. Andy Gilker came in relief for the third period and turned aside all 15 shots.
The Storm, who entered the weekend on a two-game win streak, are now ranked last in the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s North Division with a 7-14 record.
Additionally, the squad has allowed the most goals in the AJHL – 79 – and are the third lowest scoring team in the league with 46.
Jade McMullen continues to lead the team with 14 goals and eight assists and is ranked fifth in league scoring.
Higo continues to deal
Kevin Higo, head coach and general manager of the Storm, made two deals on Friday.
He sent defenceman Nathyn Mortlock, who had yet to play for the Storm this year, to the Melville Millionaires of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, in exchange for future considerations.
Higo also traded 19-year-old defenceman Nigel Swab to the Neepawa Natives, of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, for future considerations. Swab had one goal in 14 games for the Storm.
Storm return home
The Storm host the Drumheller Dragons on Friday and the Okotoks Oilers on Saturday at Revolution Arena.
Friday, Halloween, the Storm will also be holding a costume contest with a chance to win prizes.
Game time is 7:30 p.m.