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More Power To The Storm
Posted January 19th, 2018 @ 10:37 pm

If special teams, like penalty killing,  and goaltending are two of the keys to playoff success over 1,600 hockey fans on Friday in Revolution Place Arena got a sample of what the Grande Prairie Storm are capable of in the post-season.

The Storm PK was better than OK and goaltender Charles-Olivier Levesque was outstanding in a 3-2 Storm win over the Calgary Mustangs.

The Storm killed off eight of nine Mustang powerplays, including a five-on-three situation in the second and third periods, and Levesque made 25 saves - including a stop on Mustang forward Ryan Stoynich at 9:58 of the second period with the game tied 2-2 and the Storm on the powerplay - and refused to yield as the Mustangs battled late to try to force overtime.

The win kept the Storm within a point of the fourth place Sherwood Park Crusaders (44 points to 43) in the North Division of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Jared Power, in his first home game in a Storm uniform,  got his first goal in GP colors and it was a biggie. A Power-play goal no less!

He scored the game-winner at 10:17 of the third on the PP giving the Storm their 20th win of the season and 13th on home ice.

Power shoveled the puck into an open net after a shot by teammate Dallas Comeau had bounced off Calgary goaltender Ashton Abel.

Comeau got the Storm off to a 1-0 lead at 6:27 of the first before a goal by Salvatore Scalise, on the powerplay at 9:30, tied it at 1-1.

Comeau, who was in on all three goals, sent rookie Zach Okabe in alone just 13 seconds into the second and he deked Abel to put the Storm up 2-1.

With 22 seconds remaining in the second the Mustangs tied it at 2-2, on a goal by Ryley Smith, to set up Power's third period heroics.

Comeau was the centre of attention for a different reason late in the game.

He had to get trainer help after being smashed into the boards . . . and his teammates didn't like it.

That resulted in a bit of a melee after the final whistle. A situation that will, no doubt end up in some suspensions.

That means the team could be a little shorthanded when they host the Lloydminster Bobcats at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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