Jacob Suppes has had a great seat most nights, watching Nick Kulmanovsky sparkle between the pipes for the Grande Prairie Storm. Saturday in Calgary, Suppes had his turn in the spot light.
Suppes blocked all 34 shots he faced on the evening, as the Storm blanked the Canucks 2-0. For Suppes, it was his first shut out as a member of the Storm and earned him player of the game honours.
The two clubs skated through the first forty minutes without any scoring. Stephen Doane finally notched the only goal Grande Prairie would need, with an unassisted tally at the 1:49 mark of the third. Jordan McTaggart would add an empty-netter with just 24 seconds left in the game to ice the victory.
Storm end up taking five of eight possible points on the southern swing. All in all, not a bad conclusion, considering they were playing their fourth game in five nights. With a 500 record of 13-13-2, Grande Prairie is now just two points behind Lloydminster for fourth place in the AJHL North Division standings.
Storm are back home this coming Friday and Saturday against Bonnyville. Gametime each night at the Canada Games Arena is 7:30.
– Story by Don Whiteford of www.PeaceCountrySports.com.