Wolverines Blank Storm

Home, Sweet Home!

It's the title of a song and a movie and also something the Grande Prairie Storm are no doubt saying following the team's latest stretch of games on the road.

The three game series away from Revolution Place ended Tuesday with a 6-0 loss to the Wolverines in the Scott Safety Centre in Whitecourt. The team had also lost to the Spruce Grove Saints and Camrose Kodiaks on the weekend.

A pair of games in the friendly confines of Revolution Place could be just what the doctor ordered for the Storm as they try to erase memories of the latest road swing.

The team is 5-4-2 at home so far this year having collected 12 of their 16 total points while maintaining a good grip on sixth place in the North Division of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

They host the Brooks Bandits on Friday and the Okotoks Oilers on Saturday in Revolution Place. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.

In Whitecourt on Tuesday, the Wolverines potted five goals in the second period to turn what was a close 1-0 game after 20 minutes into a six-goal lead.

Justin Young opened the game's scoring late in the first period and then the five goals in less than 11 minutes of the second salted the game away for the Wolverines.

Two of those came off the stick of Mitch Lipon, both on the powerplay, while Morgan Messenger, Estian Coetzee and Cody Laskosky netted singles.

Xavier Burghardt was in the Storm net facing 39 shots and earning Away Star of the Game honors while Whitecourt netminder Pierce Diamond, who was the Home Star of the Game, blocked all 17 fired his way while picking up the shutout.

The win moved the Wolverines into sole possession of first place in the AJHL North with 39 points. The Storm continue to hold down sixth place with their 16 points, which is six more than the Drayton Valley Thunder and nine up on the Lloydminster Bobcats.