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Vipers defeat Storm in Atom final preview
andrew brethauer march 19th, 2011

The Chatham Vipers defeated the Mooretown Storm in the final round robin game of the Atom division, with the Vipers winning 4-1.

The Vipers started quickly as Brenden Hunter gets a hold of the puck in close, pulls it back onto his forehand and puts it in the open net to give the Vipers a 1-0 lead.

Mooretown would try and counter with their own attack, but Viper goalie Justice Durocher came up with two huge challenging saves, stopping Keaton Ranger on a poke check and keeping his shutout alive.

The Vipers would come back down the ice on a 2 on 0, but Storm goalie Braiden Shaw would make a pad save, while back the other direction Durocher would make big save himself, keeping it 1-0 after the first.

In the second, the Vipers would again strike quickly. Jacob Cuthburt put a nice deke on Shaw, putting the puck into the open net to put his team up 2-0.

Mooretown would try to cut into the lead as Travis Nicholson had two chances, but couldn't put it passed Durocher. Joseph Kraayenbrink had a chance on a breakaway, but his low shot couldn't solve Durocher. The Storm managed to kill off a powerplay and not allow the Vipers to score again, sending the game into the third still down 2-0.

In the third, Nicholson had another chance but his wrist shot was stopped, as was an extra 2 on 0 chance by Mooretown.

It would prove costly as the Vipers would score on a wrap around goal, increasing the lead to 3-0.

But Mooretown would finally respond and quickly to the Vipers third goal. Kraayenbrink would get a breakaway and his wrist shot would beat the wall of the Vipers, making it 3-1. The Storm would get a few extra chances to decrease the lead, but Durocher would cover up quickly.

Cuthbert would add a fourth goal for the Vipers, deking through the Storm defence and sending a wrist shot into the net for his second of the game.

Mooretown and Chatham will meet in the finals Sunday for the Atom division.


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