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Saints Slip By Storm
Posted January 7th, 2017 @ 10:40 pm

Before the Grande Prairie Storm host the Whitecourt Wolverines on Wednesday at Revolution Arena they will no doubt have a couple of practice sessions.

Chances are coach/general manager Matt Keillor will have the team working on their shooting.

Saturday night in a 3-1 home loss to the Spruce Grove Saints the Storm could muster only 11 shots and many of those were not of the difficult variety for SG netminder Nolan Kent, who collected his 20th win of the season.

The good news for GP fans is the Storm also played a solid defensive game for almost 50 minutes allowing all three goals in a span of just over 10 minutes in the first period.

Josh Harris (7:20), Conner Lukan (12:12) and Dylan Bourlai (17:27) gave the Saints all the scoring they needed forcing the Storm to play catch-up for the next two periods.

They caught up a little bit at 2:22 of the second when Cruz Cote scored his sixth of the season on one of the three Storm shots in the middle frame to cut the lead to 3-1 and upped the offence a tad (five shots) in the third, but couldn't get any closer.

Storm goaltender Arik Weersink was named the second start of the game. He faced 27 Spruce Grove shots.

The win moves the Saints into a second place tie with the Bonnyville Pontiacs (54 points each) as they try to chase down the Alberta Junior Hockey League North Division leading Wolverines (58).

The Storm loss, combined with a Lloydminster Bobcats 4-2 victory over the Drayton Valley Thunder Saturday, made the race for sixth seventh and eighth a little more interesting.

Grande Prairie sits sixth with 26 points while the Thunder are seventh with 22 and Bobcats eighth with 20. The Thunder have three and Bobcats six games in hand on the Storm.

Wednesday's game against the league leaders goes at 7:30 p.m.

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