Duchess Storm midget hockey team have punched their ticket to compete for a provincial championship in Sherwood Park March 22-25.
The road to earning a spot in the provincials began with a first round bye. This was followed by a two-game, total point series win against Medicine Hat.
The win pushed the Storm into the provincial qualifying series against the Chestermere Lakers March 3-4.
Game one was played in Chestermere and ended in a 2-1 victory for the Storm.
Assistant coach Tyler Willmott said this was a great game. The score remained 2-0 until the Lakers scored with 45 seconds remaining in the contest.
“It was an interesting last minute of the third period but we ended up coming out with the “W”. It was a great game,” he said.
Willmott said Chestermere was a tough team.
The Lakers and Storm were tied 2-2 going into the third period of Sunday’s second game. Penalties proved to be the difference maker as the Storm used the man advantage to go on and win game two 6-3.
The Storm have been led this year offensively by Carson Becker and Brandon Kasdorf. Both picked up 50 points during the regular season.
The Storm finished the regular season with a record of 17-1-0.
Becker was shadowed by the Lakers throughout the two game series. Kasdorf was also shadowed at times but you can’t do this against both players successfully, said Willmott.
Next up for the Storm is league playoffs. The team earned a bye in the first round but were in action this past weekend for second round play.
Willmott said the Storm could end up playing six games in the next two weeks.