Elite and D1 squads lose out to division topping clubs
A tough weekend for Streatham Storm saw the club’s two teams go down to defeat against table-topping opponents in the English women’s ice hockey Elite league and Division One.
The Elite squad travelled to face Solihull Vixens on Sunday following a heavy away defeat to league leaders Bracknell Queen Bees the previous weekend. This time newly-promoted Storm put up a stronger performance but still went down 6-2 as Solihull drew level on points with Bracknell in the battle at the top of the league. Storm remain one spot off the bottom, but with plenty of games left to earn more points.
“These were good lessons from the defending champs, who are a very good team, and Solihull, who are chasing them at the top of the division,” said head coach Sam Nicoll. “We’ve been shown a bar to reach, step by step. We are still adapting to the level of competition in the top flight. This will be a very educational season for us.”
Solihull opened the scoring early on the powerplay and stretched their lead with a second in the 10th minute. Carolyn Scott then pulled one back with an unassisted goal to put Storm back in the game. The Vixens bagged another score to lead 3-1 at the first break, but Storm dug in to hold the hosts to a scoreless second period.
The home side scored their fourth on another powerplay early in the third, but Danielle Hogan replied within two minutes on a Vixen’s penalty, set up by Isabelle Whiteley and Jamie Endrizzi. As the visitors tired, Solihull netted twice more in the final 10 minutes to finish comfortable winners at the end.
“We learned a lot and it should be a good game when the Vixens come down to play us again on Saturday,” said Nicoll.
Storm’s Division One team, determined to battle for a promotion spot this season, suffered a setback at home, beaten 4-1 at home by top-of-the-table Basingstoke Bison Ladies. Despite outshooting the visitors by 43 shots to 32, Streatham could only find the net once, through team top scorer Parris Moore, from an assist by Margaux Cesar.
It was a disappointing outcome, compounded at the end of the game by a baffling ref’s call that saw Sue Parsons given a major penalty for roughing after she had been floored by a two-handed punch from a visiting player as she reached for a rebound in front of goal. Despite video evidence clearly showing Parsons had neither started the altercation nor retaliated, Storm’s protests over the call went unheeded.
The obvious wrong call infuriated the Storm bench but skipper Sorana Churchill insisted it only served to re-double the team’s determination to bounce back when they get back to league business after Christmas. “We’ll come back stronger after this. We can’t wait to go back out there and show we can be contenders.”
Storm Elite’s last home game of the year starts against Solihull at 18.50 on Saturday December 2. Entrance is free. All welcome.
STORM D1 GO TOP WITH CONVINCING HOME WIN
Elite team go down fighting against Guildford
Streatham Storm marched to the top of the English women’s ice hockey Division One (south) on Sunday with a decisive 8-1 home victory over Swindon Topcats.
Following a blow-out 11-0 win against Oxford the previous weekend, Storm D1 have put their narrow opening game loss at Solent well behind them as they go in search of promotion to the Premier league, the national second tier.
But in a home double-header at the Streatham arena, Storm’s Elite league team found life in the top echelon hard going as they went down 3-0 at home to Guildford Lighting despite putting up a battling performance that kept them in the game until the visitors forced their third goal in the dying seconds.
Storm D1 showed lots of promise in another dominant performance, with eight players in the points, some imperious defence from youngster Jessica Preece and a confident showing by netminder Stephanie Wicken.
For the second week running, Parris Moore was top scorer, bagging a hatrick. Her linemate Annette Kerr clocked up three assists as well as scoring a goal of her own.
Sue Parsons, a Storm veteran making a welcome return to the action this season after a few years’ break, opened the scoring in the sixth minute to set Streatham on their way and picked up a second score in the second period.
Young French star Margaux Cesar roofed a terrific snapshot on a breakaway early in the second period to give Storm a 4-0 lead before Swindon pulled one back through Skipper Louise Mason. But Storm rattled in four more goals, with captain Sorana Churchill completing the roster of goalscorers. There were assists from Chrissy Brouillard (2), Briony Marshall, Erika Gatyasova and Cesar.
“It was an excellent all-round performance,” said Churchill. “We have gained a lot of confidence, with everyone contributing.”
Storm Elite fought Guildford all the way in the second fixture but were outshot 51-30 by a team who made their greater experience in the top flight tell. Ruth Cattell in net was in fine form to help keep the home side in the game but, at the other end, the break never came that might have changed the outcome.
Streatham’s transition out of defence too often lacked precision and pace despite some surging runs out of defence by Isabelle Whiteley. But Storm stuck to their task and can take heart from creating some clear chances and forcing Guildford to keep battling to the end. With two points from four games, Storm remain confident of improving as the season progresses.
“Storm D1 are really coming together as a team,” said head coach Sam Nicoll after the two games. “They played very well today and deserve to lead the league.”
“The elite team are competing hard but we need to sharpen up a bit to start taking more points at this level. A number of players have had to miss practice and that showed against a well-drilled Guildford outfit.”
Storm’s next home fixture is D1 against Basingstoke on Saturday November 25. Face-off at 18.50. Entrance free. All welcome.
MIXED FORTUNES AS STORM D1 WIN BUT ELITE STUMBLE
Big home win for D1 team with Parris Moore scoring 5
There were mixed fortunes for Streatham Storm at the Weekend in the English women’s ice hockey leagues with a big win for the club’s Division One team but a tough loss for the Elite league squad.
Storm D1 romped to an 11-0 Home victory over Oxford Midnight Stars that wiped out the disappointment of a 1-0 defeat away to Solent in their first game of the season. It put the team back on course in its aim to contest promotion to the second-tier Premier league this season.
Parris Moore was the star of the game, putting away no less than five goals and bagging an assist in a commanding performance.
But as skipper Sorana Churchill stressed, this was much more than a one star show.
“It was a great night . For the first time we all took shots and played as a team,” she said, adding with a smile: “I got backchecked in the head and back and then she went to punch me , but other than that , a good night.”
Churchill was among the other scorers, with Annette Kerr scoring a pair. Chrissy Brouillard marked her return to Storm after a few years away with a goal and Alina Tuerk and Jessica Preece also found the net.
There were assists for Margaux César (3), Tuerk (2), Kerr, Erika Gatyasova and Agathe Chaigne.
Storm Elite made the long trip to Hull in optimistic mood after their 2-1 Home win against Kingston Diamonds earlier in the month and their tails were up after taking the lead just 8 seconds into the game.
Carolyn Scott scored from an assist by Jennifer Lawrence to give the visitors a dream start.
However, a short bench that saw Melissa Reidelberger having to drop back to defence took its toll. Storm played two way hockey with energy and intensity but that proved not to be enough when all that appeared to be missing was a lucky roll of the puck.
Kingston scores four unanswered goals to skate away with a 4-1 win.
“We worked hard and the score doesn't reflect how competitive it was,” said captain Joanna Li How Cheong. “We had them worried at times but we just couldn't convert our shots into goals. Melissa did great on D but obviously that removes one of our big threats to score goals.”
Both teams are in action again on Sunday Nov 5 in a Home double header. Storm D1 take on Swindon Topcats at 4.30pm followed by Storm Elite vs Guildford Lighting at 6.50pm. Entrance free - all welcome.
STORM CLAIM FIRST ELITE LEAGUE VICTORY
Reidelberger clinches comeback win over Kingston
Streatham Storm came from behind to grab their first English Women’s Elite league victory on Saturday with a tenacious 2-1 win at home over Kingston Diamonds.
The winning goal came on the power play with nine minutes remaining when new club treasurer Melissa Reidelberger cashed in on a pass in front from Storm’s player-of-the-game Sarah Barton to fire the puck into the net.
A tense battle ensued as the Humbersiders fought to get back on terms against the newly-promoted home side, but Storm held out to celebrate their first Elite league points with a noisy band of supporters.
“It was pretty tense out there,” said Reidelberger. “Everyone really put in a big effort to get the result and I was just happy to be able to score the winner.”
After going down by the odd goal in seven in their opening game at Guildford, Storm were keen to get a result against Kingston to show their mettle in the top flight. As in their first match, they came out strongly, going toe-to-toe with their experienced opponents.
But it was Kingston that took the lead in the 10th minute with a neatly worked goal scored by skipper Bethany Scoon.
The second period turned into a battle of the goalies as the visitors, with an away win against Sheffield already under their belt, went after a second goal and Storm pushed to get back on terms. After being outshot in the first, Streatham had more chances in the second but could not find a way past Holly Steeples, while Ruth Cattell, in net for Storm, also kept the shutters down.
Storm faced a big test of character going into the final period to show they could win points in the big league. They didn’t disappoint as they toughed out a sometimes physical game, trading penalties with Kingston. The turning point came five minutes after the restart when Barton, making her debut for Storm, scored the equaliser following some sustained pressure on the net from Storm.
“We’re really pleased to get the points and show we are in this league to compete,” said skipper Joanna Li How Cheong. “There was a real buzz in the changing room after the game.”
Sam Nicoll, head coach, was pleased by a strong all-round performance in which both teams put 37 shots on net. Li How Cheong moved back into defence for the game alongside Jamie Endrizzi, Isabell Whiteley and Meghan Sullivan, with the group consistently managing to keep traffic away from the net, allowing mostly long range shots for Cattell to deal with.
Up front, there was a bright debut for young French newcomer Margaux Cesar, with Fiona King, Tiffany Trood, Chelsea Meaney and Jennifer Lawrence among those offering a threat on goal.
“We can build on this performance,” said Nicoll. “Everyone contributed strongly, our penalty kill was good and it was great to score on the power play. We’re looking forward to the next game.”
Storm pay a return visit to Kingston before hosting Guildford in their next home game on Sunday November 5. There is a double header that day with Storm’s Division One team taking on Swindon Topcats at 4.30pm, followed by the Elite clash at 6.45pm. Entrance free – all welcome!
STORM EDGED OUT BY GUILDFORD IN ELITE DEBUT
Early lead overturned by hosts in close encounter
Streatham Storm rattled Guildford Lightning in their debut game in the English Ice Hockey Association Women’s Elite League on Saturday, before the hosts came from behind to seal a 4-3 victory in a tense encounter.
“It was tough to lose,” said Joanna Li How Cheong, Storm’s new skipper. “But we took the fight to them and really showed we can compete at this level. We will get stronger and we feel optimistic about the rest of the season.”
Storm started the match true to their name, swarming the Guildford goal in the first two shifts and showing little sign of nerves at the step up to the top national league after their promotion from the Premier league last season.
They took the lead in the sixth minute through the ever-energetic Fiona King, firing in from just in front after skating hard to the net with the puck off a feed from Li How Cheong, who tagged the assist.
Streatham’s confidence was bolstered when they successfully killed a minor penalty after Isabelle Whiteley was sent to the box for high sticks.
Charmaine Easton equalised for the hosts after 13 minutes, potting at the back post from a pass across the net from captain Alison Emery. But Guildford were immediately knocked back on their heels when the ebullient Jennifer Lawrence won the face-off to restart the game and waltzed through the Lightning defence to reclaim the lead after just seven seconds.
Storm were well worth their lead at the first break but a series of errors early in the second period saw Guildford score three unanswered goals and take command of the game.
A bad line change let in Bethany Ruth May Hill for the equaliser less than two minutes into the period and three minutes later Jordan Wilshire ruthlessly punished the visitors when she skated away alone from her own blue line after Storm’s defence were caught pinching. At the halfway mark, Louise Adams stretched Guildford’s lead to two with an unassisted goal.
Storm at last recovered their composure and got themselves back in the game less than two minutes later thanks to Chelsea Meaney, a prolific scorer for Storm’s Division One team last season. In a well worked move, she arrived at the back post just in time to slot home a neat pass from defender Jamie Endrizzi, who was named Streatham’s player of the match.
The third period saw Guildford pile pressure on the Storm net as Lightning sought to snuff out any further threat from the now tiring visitors. Streatham were unable to capitalise on two power plays and had to fall back on some gritty defence and a steely showing by goalie Ruth Cattell – who faced 43 shots in the game – to fend off the home team.
Afterwards, head coach Sam Nicoll was philosophical. “We came here for our first Elite game with a mixture of optimism and trepidation. We weren’t disappointed,” he said.
“We started really well but lapses in concentration in the second period cost us the game. Even so, we were in it right up until the end. We had some strong players away this week so we will get better.”
Storm’s first home Elite fixture is against table-topping Kingston on Saturday October 14. Face-off is at 18.50. Entrance is free.
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STORM GEAR UP FOR EXCITING NEW SEASON
Two teams set to contest Elite league and Division One
An exciting new season for Streatham Storm launches on Saturday September 30 with the club’s debut match in the EIHA Women’s Elite League at Guildford.
“We can’t wait to get started after winning promotion last season,” said Joanna Li How Cheong, this year’s new Elite squad captain. “It is going to be a big test for us but we have a real sense of momentum in the club now.”
Last season was a breakthrough for Storm, which for the first time in many years iced two teams, winning the Premier league championship on the last day of the league in a thumping victory at Chelmsford. Meanwhile, the feisty Storm Division One team achieved a very creditable 500 record in their debut season as the club saw a stream of new members take to the ice.
“We are raring to go again and we are setting our sights on promotion to the premier league,” said Sorana Churchill, returning as skipper of the D1 team.
With almost 40 players registered for the two league teams and a healthy number of development players attending practice, the club is determined to build on the achievements of last season to establish Streatham as one of the leading women’s clubs in the UK.
“There is a great buzz around the club,” said Sam Nicoll, head coach who has overseen a real resurgence in the club since he took over three seasons ago. “We have some exciting Elite players, a number of whom have played at College level in North America. We have some returning veterans, some great potential GB prospects and we have a healthy stream of new players.”
The club has had to say goodbye – at least temporarily – to last year’s club captain Hannah Carnegy, who has moved to California. Former Premier team stalwarts Catherine Pinder and Sarah Audsley have also moved elsewhere.
But the vast majority of the Premier league winning squad are back for the Elite team. Ruth Cattell is back between the pipes, former GB star Fiona King is back for another season and skilled UK universities player Meghan Sullivan is back on the blue line.
She’ll be joined in defence by Brit Isabelle Whiteley and Canadian Jamie Endrizzi, strong additions last season who both made a big impact. Up front, Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa Reidelberger and Danielle Hogan are among those vying to lead the goalscoring, joined by exciting British prospect Chelsea Meaney, a prolific goalscorer in Division One last season. New signing Sarah Barton, a Canadian now living in London, also joins the line-up.
The D1 team also has a strong look, anchored by Stephanie Wicken in goal. In a sign of the buzz around the club, veteran Storm stars Sue Parsons and Sue Nicholson are also coming out of retirement to join the team.
Under 18s Shauna Mann, Jessica Preece and Sue’s daughter Jodie Nicholson will be making their mark at the other end of the age scale. There are a number of new signings, alongside stalwarts such as Parris Moore, Kat Procopiou, Agathe Chaigne and Alice Sturgess.
For more info, go to email@example.com. The first Elite home game is on Saturday October 14 against Kingston, face-off at 18.50. D1’s first home stand is against Oxford on Saturday October 28, also at 18.50.
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STORM END D1 SEASON IN FOURTH SPOT
Praise for team despite last-day loss at Basingstoke
Streatham Storm closed out their English Women’s Division One debut season with a battling 5-2 away loss to Basingstoke on Sunday, leaving them in a creditable fourth place in the league and hungry to come back for more next season.
“It was a loss but we played a good game against the team that came second in the division,” said Sam Nicoll, Storm’s head coach.
“Their supporters were full of praise for our team, saying it was one of the best games of women’s hockey they had seen all season.”
Nicoll paid tribute to Sorana Churchill, the team captain, and all the players that participated in a campaign that saw Storm post a neat record of 4 wins, 4 draws and 4 defeats, scoring 62 goals and clocking up a goal difference of plus 22.
In Sunday’s game, Storm shipped an early goal on the powerplay when Hannah Martin found the net, but bounced back five minutes later when Amanda Grout equalized with a short-handed goal off an assist by the season’s top scorer, Chelsea Meaney.
Storm then took the lead in the 13th minute when Meaney, fresh from playing in the Storm premier team's championship winning game two weeks ago, scored from a set-up by Agathe Chaigne, whose battling performances throughout the season have characterized the team’s qualities.
That was to be the last goal of the season for Storm, however, as Basingstoke equalized before the end of the first period through Jodie Attrill. Two further goals for Attrill and one from Aniko Gaal sealed the victory for the home team, but Storm kept fighting to the end, as they have done throughout the campaign.
Basingstoke outshot the visitors 55-28 as Storm goalie Stephanie Wicken put up another great performance, coming away once again with a save percentage over 90.
“It was a great season for a new team,” said Nicoll. “They played with passion and pride all through this game, just as they did all season. We truly did the best we could and we will be back next year aiming for promotion.”
STORM ROMP TO LEAGUE TITLE AND PROMOTION
Thumping 12-1 victory in decider at Chelmsford caps winning season
Streatham Storm romped to the EIHA Womens’ Premier League title on Sunday with a 12-1 win at Chelmsford that clinched promotion to the Elite league for next season.
There were scenes of delight as the final hooter went, with the team huddling in celebration on the ice and their noisy band of supporters cheering from the stands.
“It feels amazing,” said skipper Hannah Carnegy, who has stuck with the club through thick and thin in recent years to help steer the team back to winning ways. “I think that was the best we have played all season. Everybody played at high intensity from the start right through to the end of the third period.”
The win was the culmination of a breakthrough season for a club with the ambition to build one of the best womens’ hockey outfits in the land. Promotion to the top tier has been secured and the club has been given important depth by the building of a Storm team competing strongly in Division one. The D1 team had its own victory on Saturday, beating Solent 5-1 at home to hold on to third place with one match remaining.
“It’s a great achievement by both teams,” said club head coach Sam Nicoll. “Now we must move on to make sure we are competitive in the Elite league and aim for promotion next year from D1 to the Premier league.”
Storm went into Sunday’s decider needing at least a draw to take the title but knowing a loss would see Chelmsford Cobras skating off with the spoils and the much-coveted promotion. Storm’s only league loss was a 4-3 home loss to the Cobras early in the season. After a less-than convincing 3-3 draw at third placed Milton Keynes two weeks ago, the mood in the Streatham camp was determined but apprehensive going into the game.
Melissa Reidelberger settled Storm nerves on nine minutes with a neat goal off an assist by Rachael Wood. The Cobras had an opportunity to get on the board on a power play four minutes later. But some great penalty killing saw Isabell Whiteley release Joanna Li How Cheong on a breakaway up the left channel. She made no mistake with a snap shot into the far corner of the net, the short-handed goal drawing roars of approval from the Streatham fans.
Less than two minutes before the break a wrister from Whiteley found its way through the crowd in front of the net to make it 3-1. But any thoughts that the traffic was only one way came with just 10 seconds left in the period when Jennifer Bolton pulled a goal back to boost the Cobras going into the break.
The game could have changed when Chelmsford had a second power play just seconds into the new period. Again the Storm penalty kill was up to the task – as it would prove throughout 10 minutes of penalties through the game. Instead, Carolyn Scott fired Storm back into a three goal lead within a minute of the return to even strength with an unassisted snipe that was to be the first of a hat trick for her.
A classy score from Jennifer Lawrence from a pass across the front of the net by Tiffany Trood and another when Danielle Hogan fed for Wood to convert took the score to 6-1 going into the final period. The band of Storm supporters were now in fine voice, sensing glory was only minutes a way.
A tiring Cobras team, missing some regular players and having not played a league match for some weeks, battled on doggedly, but the day was not theirs. Further goals from Jamie Endrizzi, Scott (2), Fiona King, Reidelberger and Wood saw out the game for Streatham. There were further assists for Hogan (2), Sabine Kleining, Trood, King and Chelsea Meaney (the D1 team’s top scorer who potted four against Solent on Saturday evening).
Players and supporters celebrated in fine style on the coach back to Streatham, significantly assisting the profits of various makers of champagne, prosecco and beer.
The team has plenty of time to recover before the play-off trophy weekend at the end of May when the aim will be to add more silverware.
“We have come a long way in the last three seasons,” said Carnegy. “The core of loyal players have worked really hard and we have been able to recruit some great newcomers to the squad. Sam has got us playing proper hockey and there is an excellent spirit in the club. It has been great to be a part of it.”
STORM D1 LOSE OUT TO LEAGUE LEADERS IN HIGH SCORING THRILLER
Meaney scores hat trick in 6-5 home loss to Bracknell
Streatham Storm went toe-to-toe with Womens’ Division One leaders Bracknell Firebees in an enthralling match at home on Saturday, eventually losing by the odd goal in a high-scoring, end-to-end game.
Chelsea Meaney, Storm’s top scorer, was in fizzing form, bagging a hat trick and combining well with Jennifer Lawrence, who herself scored a dazzling solo goal and collected three assists. Bareera Javaid was the other goal scorer and there were assists for Tiffany Trood and Parris Moore as Storm went down by 6-5.
“After holding Firebees to a 2-2 draw at Bracknell a couple of weeks ago, we had high hopes today,” said Sam Nicoll, head coach. “We gave them another tough game, but there were some strange calls that didn’t help us and in the end we just came up short. All credit to the team, though, for a great effort.”
Bracknell opened the scoring through Samantha Phillips after two minutes, which was quickly answered when Meaney opened her account a minute later. The Firebees dominated the period, clocking 25 shots on goal, but Stephanie Wicken in the Storm net was in stalwart mood and Bracknell led by just 2-1 at the break after a goal from Louise Beresford.
Lawrence evened things up early in the second with the individual goal of the game, slaloming down the left wing, then cutting across the goal past two defenders, delaying her shot until the goalie had committed and slotting home at the far post. Firebees snatched back the lead through Beresford to leave the score 3-2 to the visitors at the second intermission.
Storm took the game to Bracknell from the off in the third period. Within a minute Moore and Lawrence combined to set up Meaney in front of goal, who made no mistake. With the bench fired up, Meaney gave Storm the lead two minutes later with another slick goal from a feed from Lawrence.
The fates were not with Storm, however. A minor holding offence in front of goal by Moore turned into a 5+20 match penalty when the Firebees player concerned went down hard and was unable to continue the game. The call was changed to hooking after the game by the officials as the rules don’t allow for a holding call to result in a match penalty, deepening Storm’s frustration.
To make things worse, less than a minute into the powerplay Meaney, working hard on the penalty kill, caught her opponent’s skate as she reached for a poke check and went to the box for tripping.
Phillips made Storm pay with a powerplay goal on the 5-on-3 to level the game at 4-4. Her third and another goal from Beresford put the Firebees up by two with five minutes left. A well worked Storm score, this time by Javaid after good work from Lawrence and Trood in the 57th minute got Streatham back in the groove and had the Bracknell bench shifting back into defensive mode to protect their lead.
Nicoll called a time-out with 30 seconds left, and pulled Wicken for the extra skater as Storm forced a face-off in the left circle with the clock ticking down. A shot crashed off the goalie’s pads but bounced to safety as the buzzer sounded.
The result leaves Storm in third spot in Division One south with two games left.
STORM SET UP PREMIER TITLE DECIDER VS CHELMSFORD
3-3 draw at Milton Keynes takes Streatham to top of table
Streatham Storm set up a nerve-tingling Women’s Premier league title showdown at Chelmsford after a tough 3-3 away draw on Sunday against Milton Keynes Falcons carried the team to the top of the table.
Now sitting one point ahead of Chelmsford at the league summit on 19 points, Storm need at least a draw in both teams’ final match of the season on May 14 to clinch top spot and promotion to the Elite league.
“It’s going to be a terrific game,” said Sam Nicoll, Storm head coach.
The Falcons needed to win Sunday’s clash to stay in contention for the title. A dramatic fightback from two goals down in the last period took them close, but Streatham steadied the ship and were pressing for a winner at the final whistle.
“It was a hard game. We made some errors that let them come back at us, but in the end we’re very happy we got the point we needed,” said Hannah Carnegy, Storm skipper. “We can play better than that and we will be raring to go at Chelmsford.”
After a couple of blow-out wins in recent matches, Storm went on the hunt for goals from the start, clocking up 20 shots in the first period. But the Falcons’ proved gritty in defence. Storm broke the deadlock on 10 minutes when Danielle Hogan won a draw in the right circle and fed Rachel Wood in front who slotted cleanly into the net.
Streatham went two up midway through the second period on a well-worked powerplay goal. Isabelle Whiteley fired in a shot from the point, Joanna Li How Cheong got hold of the puck in the melee in front of the net to send it goalwards and Chelsea Meaney jammed it under the goalie and into the net.
But any Storm hopes that they could go on and take command of the game soon took a knock. A mistake on another powerplay less than two minutes later coughed up the puck, allowing Falcons’ star Rachel Piotrowski to skate in on goal and open the account for the home side with a short-handed pot.
Storm reclaimed a two-goal cushion early in the third when Li How Cheong scored on an assist by Meaney as their line with Fiona King provided much of Streatham’s cutting edge. But the game turned on 50 minutes when Piotrowski pivoted and fired an unstoppable slapshot into the top corner from the left circle.
A bust-up in front of the net as the goal was scored saw Storm’s feisty defender Jamie Endrizzi and Falcons’ Aiyana Moran sent to the box for roughing. Milton Keyes proved quicker to adjust to the ensuing 4-on-4 and Piotrowski escaped to even the game up a minute later.
The home crowd were jubilant, roaring on their side for a winner, but Storm showed their maturity by riding out the tempest. Not content with sitting back to protect the draw, they went in search of a winner, aided by a final powerplay with just over two minutes to play. Streatham outshot their hosts by 50-31 over the game as a whole. But it was not to be and the game ended with honours even.
“This team has come a long way and they have now given themselves a chance to win the league,” said Nicoll. “Milton Keynes were tough opponents but our players felt sure afterwards that they can play better than they did tonight. They are in a very determined mood and we’ll go to Chelmsford fired up for the decider.”
STREATHAM D1 EARN TOUGH DRAW AT BRACKNELL
2-2 result keeps Storm in third spot
Streatham Storm went toe-to-toe with a strong Bracknell Firebees team in their latest away fixture on Easter Sunday, coming away with a hard-fought 2-2 draw against the English Women’s Division One (south) leaders.
“The game showed how far we have come and how good we can be,” said Sam Nicoll, head coach. “It was as close as the score showed against good opposition and an established organization. I’m really pleased.”
After two big wins against Oxford and Solent, Bracknell posed a much tougher challenge, having lost just once so far this season as they set the pace in the division. But Storm proved themselves well up to the task in a sometimes bruising encounter.
Bracknell were left in no doubt that they were in for a battle when Isabell Whiteley gave Storm the lead in the fourth minute from an assist by Alice Sturgess. That was enough to send Streatham into the first break with the lead, despite being outshot during the period by 10-7.
Home skipper Louise Beresford evened things up in the second period, converting a set-up from Milan Giogi as Bracknell piled on the pressure. Then with a player from each side in the penalty box, Marguerite Lafitte, assisted by Samantha Phillips, broke the deadlock for the Firebees with less than a minute remaining before the second interval to make it 2-1.
Storm were far from broken, however. Goalie Stephanie Wicken, who stopped a total of 25 shots, helped keep the visitors in the game with a series of saves. Streatham then came out strongly in the final period, outshooting the hosts as they battled to take something from the game.
Their reward came with five minutes remaining when Katherine Procopiou fed the puck to Whiteley who made no mistake as she evened up the game.
The result kept Streatham in third place in the league with three games left to play, a highly creditable position for a squad that was newly formed in September.
“Considering they had 4 GB players, it was a great result for us. We worked as a team, we have made great progress and I’m really proud of this group,” said Sorana Churchill, team captain.
STORM D1 CRUISE TO VICTORY AT SOLENT
11-1 win boosts Streatham to third place
Streatham Storm took a further step up the standings in the EIHL women’s league Division One (south) on Sunday with another big win away from home, this time dispatching Solent Amazons 11-1.
After a 10-0 win at Oxford the week before, Storm D1 returned to action in the mood to score more goals – and they did so in style. Top scorer Chelsea Meaney returned to the line-up after missing the Oxford game and showed no sign of ring-rust as she chalked up three goals and no less than five assists.
But the performance was high-level across the lines, with 11 players in the points altogether, an encouraging feature that the Storm Premier league team has also been showing lately.
“This was a united, focused and determined team,” said skipper Sorana Churchill after the game. “The results speak for themselves.”
The win left Streatham in third spot in Division One, with four games left to play. A huge game awaits on Easter Sunday when the team travel to Bracknell to take on the league-leading Bracknell Firebees.
Storm took a while to assert their full authority against Solent, taking just a 1-0 lead into the first break thanks to a powerplay goal by Tiffany Trood, assisted by Meaney and Isabell Whiteley.
The goals began to flow in the second period, which was just two minutes old when Meaney potted her first of the evening, set up by Katherine Procopiou. Less than a minute later Bareera Javaid banged in another powerplay goal helped by Meaney, who then helped herself to a shorthanded mark, sent on her way by Natasha Whitehead. Whiteley, assisted by Alice Sturgess and Meaney, was next to net, followed by a second for Javaid, again assisted by Meaney, to send the team into the second break up by 6-0.
With the game now in their pocket, Storm kept up the pressure in the third period. Parris Moore and Ashleigh Howard combined to set up Whiteley for goal number seven. Shauna Mann netted unassisted and there were also goals for Moore and Churchill, with assists from Whiteley and Meaney, before Meaney notched her hat trick with just over a minute left on the clock, thanks to a bit of help from Javaid.
Solent’s only reply was an unassisted powerplay goal by Linda Cloutman in the third period.
Head coach Sam Nicoll was well pleased – but he had a warning that both the D1 and Premier teams need to keep their skates on the ice despite their recent rampant performances. “It was a great all-round performance. There have been some great games of hockey lately, but I expect things to get tougher from here,” he said.
STORM TEAMS ROMP TO BIG VICTORIES
Premier title bid boosted by crushing 24-2 win
D1 skate to 10-0 shutout at Oxford
An incredible 34 goals in two games was the tally after a pair of dominant displays away from home by Streatham Storm premier and division one teams at the weekend.
The D1 crew kicked things off with a majestic 10-0 shutout against Oxford City Midnight Stars on Saturday that lifted the team into fourth place in the league.
Then the premier gang rolled into Nottingham on Sunday evening with their game faces on and proceeded to flatten their hosts by an astonishing 24-2. They left for home knowing victory in their last two games would win the league and propel them into the Elite division next season.
“It was an ace weekend across the board,” said Hannah Carnegy, club captain. “We know not every game will be like these, but we really feel the club is going places now.”
Storm D1 went to Oxford without Chelsea Meaney, their top scorer, but didn’t miss a beat. With barely a minute on the clock, Isabell Whiteley opened the scoring and the goals flowed from then on. Two more goals from Whiteley and a brace from Tiffany Trood made it 5-0 after the first period. Alice Sturgess, Agathe Chaigne, Ashleigh Howard and netminder Stephanie Wicken chipped in with assists to put Storm firmly on the road to victory.
Trood, Annette Kerr and Whiteley hit the back of the net with unassisted goals in the second period, with Natasha Briggs, assisted by Trood, and Kerr taking the score into double figures in the final stanza. Wicken faced 26 shots in chalking up her shutout. The game was played over 3x15 minute periods, leaving skipper Sorana Churchill speculating what the score might have been over a full-length match.
“It was an awesome performance and we showed true teamwork,” she said. “A big congratulations to all the players.”
The premier team faced all sorts of distractions in the run-up to their game against Nottingham Vipers. An overnight email from the home team suggested the game might have to be called off because of players injured or on international duty. Then when Storm arrived at the rink a power cut threatened to shut down the game. The officials had been sent home, along with a number of Viper players, and had to be recalled.
By the time the puck finally dropped, Storm were in no mood for mercy, fired up by what one source close to the dressing room said was an inspirational pre-match pep talk from head coach Sam Nicoll.
Nottingham took the lead in the eighth minute on a powerplay goal by Olivia Bennett. But Storm levelled within 20 seconds when Jennifer Lawrence set up Isabell Whiteley for the equalizer. From then on, it was one way traffic as Storm went for the jugular, clocking up a remarkable 120 shots on goal.
It was 7-1 at the first break, a further six unanswered goals rattled in during the second period, followed by 11 more in the last. Another power play tally for the Vipers in the last 10 minutes was the only consolation for the home team.
Whiteley finished with five goals, Fiona King had 4 and there were three each for Lawrence and Carolyn Scott. Melissa Reidelberger, Danielle Hogan and Rachael Wood scored two each, while Carnegy, Tiffany Trood and Joanna Li How Cheong chipped in with one apiece. There were assists for Trood (4), Li How Cheong (4), Lawrence (3), Reidelberger (3), Hogan (2), Wood (2), Scott (2), Whiteley (2) and Jamie Endrizzi.
“We know Nottingham were not at full strength, but as the old saying goes, you can only beat what is in front of you,” said Carnegy.
The team has gelled and gained in depth since the signing of the experienced Endrizzi, Trood, Whiteley, Scott and Lawrence. Lesser-sung stars such as Meghan Sullivan and Sabine Kleining on defence have been able to show their class, while the forwards have enjoyed the jump in scoring opportunities.
“We just don’t have any weak lines and the team is playing really well, with everyone contributing. After all the pre-match frustrations it felt good to score like we did,” added Carnegy.
Both teams have much to play for in the final weeks of the season, with D1 – who travel to Solent on Sunday - still in the mix at the top end of the table. The premier team are braced for a much tougher test at Milton Keynes in the next game at the end of the month, knowing that if they win they will go to the last game at Chelmsford with a chance of the title.
STORM DO THE DOUBLE OVER SLOUGH
Big away win keeps up promotion pressure
Streatham Storm kept up their promotion challenge in convincing style on Sunday, completing a back-to-back victory over Slough Phantoms in a 7-2 away win that maintained the pressure on EIHA women’s Premier league leaders Chelmsford.
As predicted, Slough proved a tougher nut to crack on home ice than the weakened side that Storm dispatched 13-0 at Streatham last month. The Phantoms took an early lead in the second minute through Nicola Bicknell as the visitors got off to a tentative start on the relatively small surface of Slough’s temporary rink.
But Streatham gradually found their feet. After a few alarms as the Phantoms looked to get quickly in behind the defense on the cramped ice, Storm found their rhythm and reverted to the relentless, up-tempo, forechecking style that has been a feature of their recent performances and which eventually wore down Slough’s gritty defence.
“We had practiced for the smaller surface but it took a little time to adapt,” said head coach Sam Nicoll. “Then we started to chip and chase and crash the net and just kept up the pressure right through the game. The whole team played really well and I’m very pleased with the result.”
A slapshot from the left point by skipper Hannah Carnegy leveled the game in the 10th minute and restored some confidence after the slow start. Slough turned up the heat on a powerplay two minutes later that turned into a 5-on-3 when Jamie Endrizzi inadvertently incurred a delay-of-game penalty as she cleared up a dangerous situation in the corner.
Storm successfully killed off the two penalties and stepped up their own pressure on Slough’s defence. With just a second left before the buzzer, Tiffany Trood and Cat Pinder worked the puck to Isabell Whiteley, who was imperious throughout the game on defence. She whipped in a sharp goal at the back post to send Storm into the first break with a 2-1 lead.
Streatham began to take command in the second period, outshooting Slough 22-5 and clocking up two more goals that would have been more without a series of terrific saves by Michaela Walker in the home net. Danielle Hogan was on hand to make it 3-1 in the 24th minute after great work from linemate Melissa Reidelberger and Storm veteran Sabine Kleining. With four minutes left in the period, Carolyn Scott grabbed the puck on a great forecheck as she chased the puck into the offensive zone. She fed Pinder who passed in front for Endrizzi to bang home goal number 4.
In the third period, there were tallies for Trood, Scott and Fiona King to complete the scoring as Streatham kept up the pressure, eventually outshooting Slough by 72 to 33. There were further assists for Carnegy, King and Bareera Javaid. The Phantoms kept going and pulled one back with a minute to go with a goal for Laura Byrne, but by then the game was lost.
“It was a real team effort,” said a well-satisfied Carnegy afterwards. “We had seven different goalscorers and almost everyone was in the points. It is a great sign that everyone is really contributing.”
The result leaves Storm two points behind Chelmsford with two games in hand in the race for top spot and promotion to the Elite league. Next up are away games at Nottingham and Milton Keynes, before a potential decider at Chelmsford in early May.
“Basically we have to win all our games now,” said Carnegy. “It’s going to be very tough, but we are full of confidence.”
BLOWOUT WIN FOR STORM PREMIER TEAM
GUTSY FIGHTBACK BY STORM D1 FALLS SHORT
Streatham Storm sent an emphatic signal of their promotion ambitions on Sunday, running up a 13-0 home victory over Slough Phantoms in their most commanding performance in the Premier league so far this season.
Slough were missing a number of their regular line-up, but Storm were impressive from the first drop of the puck to the final whistle, playing at high tempo and with a clear hunger for goals. The team rattled up 72 shots on goal, with a total of 13 players in the points.
They were cheered on by the Storm’s Division One team, who themselves had staged a gutsy fightback in their earlier game against Cardiff Comets, coming back from four goals down to go down 4-2 to the unbeaten table-topping visitors.
Fiona King, former GB captain, led the way for the Premier gang with a stunning 5-goal performance, including one coast-to-coast solo effort at the start of the third period that had Storm supporters whooping with delight.
The result left Storm two points behind league leaders Chelmsford with a game in hand and the two teams still to meet in what could be a final-day showdown for promotion to the Elite league.
“With a full squad including our final signings before the transfer deadline, this was probably the strongest team Storm has ever iced,” said delighted skipper Hannah Carnegy after the match. “We know the return leg against Slough will be much tougher, but this result has given us confidence that we can deliver.”
Head Coach Sam Nicoll said he was pleased by the way new signings Jennifer Lawrence and Isabell Whiteley, both former American college league players, blended into the line-up. Other recent newcomers Carolyn Scott and Jamie Endrizzi have also added zip, allowing longer-standing members of the squad to show their quality.
Whiteley and Scott bagged two goals apiece, Lawrence had a goal and two assists, while Endrizzi kicked off proceedings with the opening goal of the game.
Catherine Pinder and Melissa Reidelberger completed the scoring and there were assists for Carnegy (2), Scott (2), Joanna Li How Cheong(2), Danielle Hogan, King, Sarah Audsley, Alina Tuerk and Rachel Wood.
“It was good to see established and new players getting along so well – it’s such a great team to work with,” said Nicoll. “The most impressive thing was that our focus, pace and effort never dropped. That will be needed for our remaining games.”
He also had warm words for the Division One team, which had racked up a double-digit win of their own the previous weekend away at Peterborough. “Every player played their best. We got stronger as the game went on and I’m sure the momentum will continue.”
Storm went 4-0 down by the middle of the second period, but dug in to “win” the final period with goals from Skipper Sorana Churchill and Kirsty Horan. Parris Moore, Annette Kerr and team top-scorer Chelsea Meaney also asked big questions of the Cardiff defence as the team rallied. Cardiff held on in large part thanks to a big performance from their goalie Gemma Davies. The shot count was just 35-34 in Cardiff’s favour.
Meaney, Kerr, Katherine Procopiou and Shauna Mann all chalked up assists.
STREATHAM STORM IN THUMPING D1 WIN
Streatham Storm claimed the first victory of their debut Division One season with an emphatic 11-0 away win over Peterborough Penguins on Sunday.
Chelsea Meaney, the team’s top-scoring player, rattled in five goals as Storm took sweet revenge for a 10-1 defeat at the hands of the Penguins at Streatham earlier in the season.
Storm D1, who also have three draws under their belt, have now moved into the top half of the table. With Storm’s Premier league squad pressing for promotion, the result was a further boost for the club, which has more than 40 registered players on its books going into the business end of the season.
Storm welcomed new signings Natasha Whitehead and Briony Marshall into the D1 side and leant heavily on netminder Stephanie Wicken in a tough first period that saw Streatham go into the break just one goal ahead, thanks to Meaney’s first tally, assisted by Tiffany Trood and Amy Durling.
“It was a hard-fought first period as our new players got settled in,” said head coach Sam Nicoll. “Steph shut the door, stopping several early breakaways.”
The game turned in the second period as Meaney (2), Trood and Annette Kerr found the net, with assists for Marshall and captain-for the-day Bareera Javaid.
The one-way traffic continued through the third stanza. Kerr chalked up her hat trick, Trood got her second, Meaney bagged her fourth and fifth and Parris Moore wrapped up proceedings with a goal in the final minute. There were third period assists for Meaney, Trood (2), Shauna Mann and Javaid. Wicken skated off with a well-deserved shut-out.
“The offence poured it on in the last two periods,” said Nicoll. “It was a well worked, deserved win for the team and a long time coming. Now we are fully focused on our next game.”
That comes on Sunday Feb 12 against Cardiff at home. The two teams drew 3-3 in the away fixture. The game (face-off 4.30pm) is followed by the Storm Premier league team match against Slough.
STORM CLOSE IN ON LEAGUE LEADERS WITH 3-2 VICTORY
Streatham Storm completed the double over Widnes Ladies on Sunday with a battling 3-2 away win that kept them hot on the heels of leaders Chelmsford in the English Premier league.
Satisfaction at bagging both points was compounded when news came through that Chelmsford had been held to a draw at Nottingham, leaving Storm just one point behind their promotion rivals with both teams having played seven matches.
“It was the second hard-fought game against a good team who were a constant threat on the counter-attack,” said head coach Sam Nicoll, pleased to have followed up Storm’s 5-1 home victory against Widnes the week before with another victory.
Storm opened the scoring with an unassisted tally in the 14th minute from Fiona King, the former GB captain who is enjoying a lively season as one of Streatham’s highly-valued veterans. Two minutes later Carolyn Scott set up new signing Jennifer Lawrence to score on her debut and give Streatham a clear lead going into the first break.
Lawrence, most recently captain of the Oxford University team, is a Canadian who played for Yale University in the NCAA. She was joined for the Widnes game by compatriot and fellow debutante Tiffany Trood. “It was great to see the debut of Tiffany and Jenn, who fitted in well with our existing players,” said Nicoll.
Widnes fought back in the second period, with skipper Charlene Chapman pulling a goal back in the 33rd minute. Leen De Decker then tied things up with just six minutes to go, setting up a tense finale.
Knowing they could not afford to let a point slip, Storm piled on the pressure. The visitors outshot Widnes by 53 to 28, but Stephanie Jade Drinkwater was in stubborn form in the home net.
The decisive breakthrough came with just over four minutes left on the clock when Melissa Reidelberger banged in the winner from a setup by Danielle Hogan and skipper Hannah Carnegy. Widnes called a timeout in the 59th minute to tee up a last effort to find an equalizer, but Storm held on to take the spoils.
“It was a really tough game,” Carnegy said afterwards. “We were very pleased to get the points.”
Storm now have a few weeks to prepare before home-and-away games against Slough, with the first match at Streatham on February 12.
The squad should be at full strength for those fixtures and is due to be strengthened further by the addition of Isabell Whiteley, a Brit returning from the US where she played college hockey for Boston university. She is set to sign before the end-January deadline – in time for the promotion battle run-in.
STORM START YEAR WITH 5-1 VICTORY
Streatham Storm came from behind to beat Widnes Ladies at home on Sunday to move into second place in the English Women’s Premier league.
Two goals each from Monica Suchanek and Carolyn Scott helped seal a 5-1 victory that put Storm back in contention for promotion as the league moves into the second half of the season.
“We went a bit flat through the middle of the game but managed to put them away in the third period when they tired,” said skipper Hannah Carnegy. “It was a good win, but we’ll have to be better to make sure we win the return game at Widnes on Sunday and keep the pressure on league leaders Chelmsford.”
Storm were coming off a 4-3 home loss to Chelmsford just before Christmas and fell behind in the 11th minute when Leen De Decker scored for the short-benched visitors. But it was the wake up call Streatham needed. Scott equalized six minutes later from an assist from Annette Kerr and just before the first break Suchanek put away a power play goal, assisted by Chelsea Meaney, to grab the lead.
Widnes were in no mood to roll over, battling hard through a scoreless second period. It was not until the last six minutes that Storm were able to pull away. Suchanek potted her second in the 55th minute, Bareera Javaid scored the fourth a minute later and Scott added the finisher with less than four minutes left on the clock. Sarah Audsley, Fiona King and Scott were credited with assists.
“The team worked hard to overcome a tough opponent,” said Sam Nicoll, Storm head coach. “It was a good game of hockey that was entertaining right to the end.”
Nicoll said he was especially pleased with the performances from Division One players, notably Meaney and Kerr, who stepped up to fill the gap left by a couple of missing Premier squad regulars. Streatham also enjoyed another fine show between the pipes by Ruth Cattell, who stopped 30 shots.
With six games played, Storm lie two points behind Chelmsford on nine points.
STORM PREM TOP TABLE; CLUB STRETCH UNBEATEN RUN
Streatham Storm's strong start to the season continued with a table-topping win for the Premier league team and a hard-fought draw for the Division One squad in an exciting double header fixture at home on Sunday.
"Both teams performed to their best and the club is still undefeated on the season," said Sam Nicoll, head coach. "Both teams are improving and progressing nicely."
First up were Storm D1 who fought out a see-saw 4-4 draw against Oxford City Midnight Stars - a repeat of the score in their first game last month.
Oxford raced out to a 2-0 lead just eight minutes in through goals from Lucy Donnington and Laura Moran, both assisted by Charlie Clements. But Storm hit back in the ninth minute with a great solo effort by Chelsea Meaney, one of a valuable handful of players from Invicta 'guesting' for Streatham this season.
Clements was on hand to stretch Oxford's lead early in the second period. Storm were unfazed, however, hitting three unanswered goals to take the lead. Meaney grabbed her second from an assist by Annette Kerr, who also set up Bareera Javaid for Storm's third. Then Kerr put Streatham in the box seat with an unassisted goal of her own.
But the Midnight Stars were still shining and hit back in a tense final 10 minutes to even the score through a second strike for Donnington from an assist by Natasha Feddery.
Storm Premier, knowing they could top the league with a win, followed with a convincing performance to defeat Kingston Diamonds 4-1. After four games, Streatham now lead with seven points, one ahead of Milton Keynes. A lot of tough games lie ahead, but captain Hannah Carnegy was in bullish form after the game.
"It was a really solid performance. We led throughout after our first goal and only conceded on the power play when we were up 4-0. We have a lot of work still to do but we are getting goals from all our lines, which is great," she said.
Melissa Reidelberger opened the scoring after 13 minutes, set up by Jamie Endrizzi. Storm consolidated their lead in the second period with further goals from Rachael Wood, Joanna Li How Cheong and Danielle Hogan.
Reidelberger notched up assists on the strikes by Wood and Hogan. Fiona King, Hogan and Sarah Audsley also collected assists.
A solo power play goal by visiting skipper Bethany Anne Barwell three minutes from time avoided the shutout for Kingston and completed the scoring.
Storm led the shot count by 31-22 and look to have banished last season's frustrating habit of outshooting opponents but without sufficient potency to bury the puck. In net, Ruth Cattell was in her customary strong form despite narrowly missing out on the shutout.
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STORM SNATCH DRAW IN COMEBACK THRILLER
Streatham Storm roared back from a three-goal deficit to rescue a home draw against Milton Keynes Falcons in an action-packed women’s Premier league game on Saturday.
The 4-4 result left the Falcons sitting on top of the league with six points from four games, with Storm hard on their heels with five points from three.
Relieved Steatham coach Sam Nicoll praised his side for the comeback after a strong Milton Keynes had taken command of the game. “The spirit and resilience of the team was excellent. These players really care for each other and fought for each other all game.”
Streatham opened the scoring with less than five minutes on the clock with some neat passing from Melissa Reidelberger and Danielle Hogan setting up Rachael Wood to knock the puck past Kayliegh Doyle.
But a well-organised Milton Keynes side soon banished any Storm complacency, showing some solid defence and their potency up front when Rachel Poitrowski ripped a wrist shot into the net after 16 minutes from an assist by Elizabeth Archer.
The second period began with some prolonged pressure in the Falcons’ zone, but Streatham struggled to find a killer punch in front of goal. When Milton Keynes swept up the other end on a rapid breakout on 32 minutes, Kirsten Noble was on hand to convert Samantha Payne’s pass.
It was the start of a nightmare two minutes for Streatham as Poitrowski combined twice with Noble to score off the Falcons’ next two shots. Poitrowski’s hat trick goal was on a short-handed breakaway, leaving battered Storm facing a mountain to climb.
Nicoll took his players into a tight huddle behind the bench in the second break to plot the fightback, mindful that in their last game at Kingston the team had scored four unanswered goals in the third period to overturn a 2-1 deficit.
As the period started, it was clear Storm believed they were still in the game as they piled pressure on the Falcons’ defence. The turnaround finally came with just seven minutes left when Jamie Endrizzi slammed home a powerplay goal from an assist by Hogan to claim her second goal in her first two games for the club.
With their tails up again, another minute had barely elapsed when Aneta Syposz, now a real threat with her speed and grit, took a pass from Catherine Pinder and reduced the deficit to one with a cool shot into the net.
Storm supporters were on their feet as Falcons called a time-out to try to halt the momentum. But Storm kept their heads and evened up the game on their next shot as Fiona King used all her experience to stuff the puck over the line in a goalmouth scramble, with Joanna Li How Cheong providing the assist.
The last five minutes were a nail-biting affair as both teams sought a winner, but had to settle for what had been a hard-fought draw. Streatham were left in no doubt by a tough opponent that it will be a big battle to fulfill their promotion ambitions.
“It was a well-earned point,” said Nicoll. “Progress was made and we are all keen to see it continue.”
Captain Hannah Carnegy added: “That spell in the second period was bad, but it was really good to claw it back in the third – it almost felt like a win.”
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AWAY WIN EARNS STORM PREMIER TOP SPOT
A hat trick by Joanna Li How Cheong powered Streatham Storm to victory over Kingston Diamonds on Saturday as four unanswered goals in the third period swept the visitors to an early season perch at the top of the EIHL women’s premier league.
“We worked hard all game, wore them down and got the reward,” said a highly satisfied Sam Nicoll, Storm’s head coach. “There wasn’t an off tempo shift.”
The result followed a 9-1 home win over Nottingham Vipers earlier in the month and put Storm in pole position in the league, albeit after just two games.
Victory did not come easy against tough opponents at Kingston, who iced a number of young stars from their Elite league team and twice took the lead in a physical match. Home skipper Bethany Anne Barwell opened the scoring in the 4th minute in a clear signal to Streatham that battle was joined.
Li How Cheong replied early in the second period from an assist by Meghan Sullivan, who has become a vital pillar of Storm’s defence. But the Diamonds regained the lead within a minute with a goal from Shannon Rae Jones and held the advantage going into the second break.
The game turned on the first shift in the final period. Former Canadian college player Jamie Endrizzi, making her debut for Storm, rifled an equaliser into the roof of the net from a shot from Li How Cheong and a second assist from captain Hannah Carnegy. “It was an awesome one-timer,” exclaimed Carnegy, who was sent sprawling from a check as she made the pass.
“Sam had gently told us off during the break that we hadn’t shot enough as a line,” said Li How Cheong. “I heard his wise words in my head and just shot the puck. Jamie skated into the high slot at full speed and effortlessly shot it in.”
Endrizzi was to win the player of the game award after an impressive debut playing out of position at centre. Her goal set the scene for a decisive third period. With six minutes left, Danielle Hogan got the all-important go-ahead goal, with assists from Monika Suchanek and Alina Tuerk.
Li How Cheong made it 4-2 in the 57th minute and completed her four-point game with a hat trick goal with 45 seconds to go, from assists by Rachael Wood and Sabine Kleining.
It was a good test for Storm who will now look to build on a morale-boosting away win. In a sometimes bruising encounter, Aneta Syposz recovered well from a big hit midway through the third period that earned Diamond’s Rae Jones a game penalty.
“We played with spirit and class. It was a good team effort,” said Sam Nicoll.
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FLYING START TO SEASON FOR NEW-LOOK STORM
Streatham Storm got the 2016-17 season off to a flying start on Sunday with a pulsating draw for the new Division 1 team and a commanding victory for a Premier League outfit setting its sights on promotion.
Expectations were running high at the Streatham arena ahead of the double-header home fixture after a busy off-season that saw a big expansion of club membership and the launch of the D1 side to complement last year’s Premier team.
The D1 gang, led by skipper Sorana Churchill, got things going against Basingstoke Bison Ladies and were quickly into battle as the visitors took the game to the home side.
Netminder Stephanie Wicken, one of five Invicta players who are guesting for Storm this season, was quickly under pressure, but she was to keep Streatham in the game as the team got used to playing together for the first time.
Basingstoke opened the scoring in the 5th minute. But Chelsea Meaney, another of the Invicta crew, levelled things up with the first of what was to be a great hat-trick, notching the equalizer off an assist from Amy Durling.
Storm slipped 3-1 behind before Amanda Grout pulled one back in the 27th minute with Meaney claiming an assist. Meaney evened the score with her second goal early in the 3rd period, this time Grout providing the assist, before Basingstoke slotted in a fourth. But Streatham were not finished. Meaney had the last word in the 45thminute, slotting in an unassisted equalizer.
Next up were the Premier team looking to improve on a strong showing last season when they reached the play-off finals. Up against a Nottingham Vipers side handicapped by a short bench, Storm were in ruthless form, wracking up a 9-1 victory.
Aneta Syposz led the way with a hat-trick as she and her Polish line mate Monika Suchanek got back into their high-scoring ways. Suchanek was in selfless form, providing two assists for Syposz.
Ahead 3-1 after the 1st period, Streatham were in suitably storming mood, rattling off 63 shots in the game. Danielle Hogan notched up two goals and an assist and there were also goals for Fiona King, Bareera Javid, Meghan Sullivan and captain Hannah Carnegy. Sarah Audsley chalked up 2 assists and Joanna Li How Cheong’s assist completed the account.
With a shortage of goals sometimes a problem last season, the scoring surge against the Vipers was a potentially important confidence boost for the rest of the campaign.
Head coach Sam Nicoll, who masterminded both games on the Streatham bench, was very happy with the evening’s work.
“It was a great start to the season,” he said. “This is an exciting time for the club and we are really looking forward to the next games.”
The Premier team next play away at Kingston on September 24 and then come back to Streatham to take on Milton Keynes on Saturday October 8. The D1 side are away to Peterborough on October 8.
STORM IN BUOYANT MOOD AS NEW SEASON STARTS
Streatham Storm launch their 2016-17 season at home on Sunday September 11 in buoyant mood, icing two teams after a summer during which club membership jumped to record levels.
“We are very excited about the new season,” said head coach Sam Nicoll. “We have a strong group of players and lots of enthusiasm for the coming campaign.”
Club captain Hannah Carnegy added she was full of optimism, with some 35 players now registered to play for London’s only senior women’s ice hockey team. “Our last training session on Monday evening was fantastic. We had 30 players on the ice – I’ve never seen so many women on the ice at one time here and the atmosphere was excellent.”
With the surge in membership, Storm have entered two teams in the EIHA women’s league after finishing runners-up in last season’s Premier league play-off final. Promotion to the Elite league is the aim for a largely unchanged Premier league side this year while Storm will also be out to take scalps in Division One South with a new team that is full of promise.
Carnegy will lead the Premier team that welcomes back Polish forward pair Monika Suchanek and Aneta Syposz, who will be looking to take their scoring rate to new heights. Fiona King, Danielle Hogan, Joanna Li How Cheong will also be leading the rush to the net, while Meghan Sullivan and Sabine Kleining are among the troops marshalling the Storm defence. Anchoring the team will be netminder Ruth Cattell, who was a stalwart of the last campaign, notching up three successive shut-outs towards the end of the season.
The D1 team will be led by Sorana Churchill and includes an exciting mix of experienced players, newcomers and up-and-coming juniors. Look out for prospects such as Jessica Preece, who has joined from the Streatham junior club, where she has clocked up impressive performances playing alongside the boys in the Under18s.
A special welcome is also due for five players who have signed on from Invicta – where they lacked the numbers to register a league team this season. Amy Durling, Kirsty Horan, Stephanie Wicken, Chelsea Meaney and Linnea Sawe-Johansson will all be wearing the Streatham jersey.
“Their presence is a huge boost for Storm and the club is thrilled to have them on board,” said Hannah Carnegy.
The D1 team get the season started against Basingstoke Bison Ladies at 4.30pm at Streatham ice arena on Sunday, September 11, followed by the Premier team, who take on Nottingham Vipers at 6.30pm.
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CATTELL SHUTOUT ANCHORS 2-0 STORM VICTORY
An outstanding 31-shot shutout by netminder Ruth Cattell anchored Streatham Storm to a gritty 2-0 home victory over Chelmsford Cobras on Sunday.
Cattell, deservedly player of the game for the home team, was imperious in fending off a 16-shot onslaught in the third period as the visitors battled to get back into the game, including several one-on-one chances when a goal could have turned the match.
Goals in the first and second periods won it for the Storm, who have now chalked up three victories on the trot and lie in third place in the Premier league going into their last two games of the season.
With the lines running more smoothly in the early stages than earlier in the season, Streatham broke the deadlock after 19 minutes when Bareera Javaid tipped in a shot from the high slot by skipper Hannah Carnegy, the puck looping behind Cobras netminder Cherry Hambleton and into the net.
A hard fought second period saw Storm extend their lead in the 34th minute. With Tereza Plankova in the penalty box for the visitors, Streatham stalwart Fiona King, a lively threat throughout the game, was on hand to ram the puck home on the rebound from an assist by Monika Suchanek.
Storm went into the final period looking to wrap up victory, but the Cobras were far from finished, creating a series of chances as they pushed to get something from the game. But Cattell stood strong, helped out by some stout defending and spirited backchecking, to enable Streatham to claim the two points.
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FIGHTBACK RESCUES POINT VS WHITLEY BAY
A battling third period comeback rescued a home point for Streatham Storm on Saturday in an exciting 3-3 draw against the Whitley Bay Squaws.
The visitors showed little sign of the effects of a near seven-hour journey to south London as they notched up two goals in the first period from captain Amy Campbell and Stephanie Towns.
They ruthlessly punished two turnovers with a swift offensive transition to take a firm grip on the match in the early stages, with Streatham again taking a while to find their poise – a feature that has marked several of their games this season.
Things looked even bleaker when Campbell combined with an assist from Towns in the 23rd minute to leave the Storm with a big task in front of them to rescue something from the game.
The home team finally began to mount some sustained pressure and got on the score sheet in the 32nd minute with a well worked goal when Streatham stalwart Fiona King got in front of the net to slip the puck past the keeper off a neat pass from the left from Joanna Li How Cheong.
With confidence restored and the Squaws’ short bench beginning to tire, Storm came out for the last period determined to get back on terms. Danielle Hogan supplied the necessary in the 44th minute with a sharp goal from an assist by Melissa Reidelberger. Four minutes later, Hogan was again on hand to convert another assist from Reidelberger and the scene was set for a grandstand finish.
The Squaws were giving nothing away as the game went end to end in an exciting last 12 minutes, with neither team settling for a draw and both goalies called on to make several key saves. Streatham thought they had it won when Li How Cheong stuffed the puck into the net in a goalmouth scramble, but it was waved off by the officials for interference with the goalminder.
A draw was probably a fair result, though the visitors will be disappointed that a gritty, disciplined performance did not yield full points after taking a 3-0 lead. Streatham, meanwhile, were relieved to take a point after falling so far behind – but will rue the lack of bite in their offence in the early stages. “We’re getting lots of shots on goal, but we really need to work on the quality of our shooting,” said coach Sam Nicoll.
Captain Hannah Carnegy commented: “It was a tough game and in the end it was a great comeback. It felt more like a point saved than a point lost.”
The result leaves Storm in fourth place in the Premier league on seven points from seven games, two points ahead of the Squaws in fifth.
Streatham Storm got back to winning ways on Sunday with a 4-3 away win against Chelmsford Cobras that boosted the visitors up to fourth place in the English premier league.
Breaking a bad habit of slow starts in their last few games, Storm were quickly out of their blocks, taking the lead in the fifth minute with a goal by Joanna Li How Cheong from an assist by Fiona King.
Within two minutes, Aneta Syposz doubled the score by finishing a move involving Catherine Pinder and Monika Suchanek, who both picked up assists as Streatham took charge of the game.
Playing three 15-minute periods, Bethany Ruth May Hill pulled a goal back for the home side six minutes into the second stanza. But Storm reasserted their grip on the game with another brace of quickfire goals in the 23rd and 24th minutes. Syposz was again on target from an assist by Suchanek, underscoring the potency of this talented Polish pairing in the Storm line-up. Then Danielle Hogan rattled in the fourth goal, with Pinder notching up her second assist of the game.
Streatham should have been home and dry, but the hosts came back strongly in the final period, first with a second goal from May Hill, followed by a score by Lucy Jarvis with three minutes left on the clock.
When Syposz was sent to the penalty box with two minutes remaining, Streatham were suddenly under the cosh to hang on to a game they earlier looked like winning comfortably. Over the match, the Cobras outshot Storm by 30 shots to 18, but with netminder Ruth Cattell in her usual fine form, Storm held firm to take a morale-boosting away victory.
“We were in control for most of the first two periods, and it was good to make a strong start for once,” said captain Hannah Carnegy. “We lost our grip in the third with some panicky defence and too many penalties, which broke our rhythm. But it was a good win in the end.”
The victory ended a run of two defeats and leaves the Storm with three wins after six matches played. The next game is at home at Streatham Ice Arena against Whitley Squaws on Saturday February 20 at 6.30pm.
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STORM - SWINDON MATCH REPORT
A pair of turnovers early in the second and third periods doomed Streatham Storm to a frustrating defeat last Sunday in a home clash with undefeated Swindon Topcats.
After being heavily outshot in the first period but trailing only 1-0, Storm were eager to get back on terms. But a bad mistake in the neutral zone less than a minute into the second period saw Swindon pounce, doubling their lead through an unassisted goal by Rebecca Osman.
It was 3-0 ten minutes later when the Topcats eased a spell of sustained pressure from the home team by stretching their lead through captain Rebecca Inker. Storm were not out of it, however, outshooting the visitors 14-7 in the period and ending on a high note when Fiona King converted with less than a minute remaining on the clock from an assist by Caelin Berek.
Hopes were high for a famous comeback in the third, but an overeager Storm coughed up the puck once again in mid-ice just two minutes in. Topcats were in no mood to waste the chance, with Anne-Sheralie Chilcott converting. Streatham continued to press, but were unable to find the net, with Osman netting a fifth for Swindon to seal their win.
Coach Sam Nicoll was sanguine after the game, in which the Storm had been competitive in many spells during the match, notching up 33 shots. “Our breakout was good, but we now need to work hard on improving our scoring chances. We have to up the quality of our shots on goal.”
Storm now have two wins and two defeats for the season, placing them fourth in the Premier league table. The next game is away at Slough on December 19.
STORM - SLOUGH MATCH REPORT
A three goal blitz in less than two minutes in the second period carried Streatham Storm to a confidence-boosting 3-1 home win over Slough Phantoms on Sunday night.
After going behind to a goal by visiting skipper Samantha Bitmead in the sixth minute, Storm exploded into life after the first interval. With coach Sam Nicoll running a deep bench, quick line changes and some strong puck possession saw the Storm camp in the opposition end, heaping pressure on a Phantom team that was caught off balance by the sudden offensive surge.
The dam finally broke in the 30th minute when Storm debutante Aneta Syposz rifled in a rebound from a shot by Monika Suchanek. A minute later former GB skipper Fiona King was on hand in front to knock the puck into net after some strong work by Joanna Li How Cheong, who bagged the assist.
The cheers from home supporters had barely subsided before Suchanek, last season’s top scorer, fired in the third goal, converting a rebound from Syposz as the two friends rekindled a partnership built playing together in their native Poland.Slough, with a short bench, did well to recover their composure, ending the period with several minutes of sustained pressure of their own, but were outgunned over the period by 20 shots to eight.
In the final period, Streatham could not manage quite the same intensity. But a team with a number of new players added to the roster from last year had begun to settle into a promising rhythm in their third match of the season, anchored by another fine performance by netminder Ruth Cattell, who faced 24 shots.
“This was a come-from-behind win over a good team and everyone was involved,” said Nicoll. “I was very pleased with the effort, attitude and the result of tonight’s game.”
Captain Hannah Carnegy was happy to notch a victory over a team that is always a tough opponent. She had praise for a strong defensive performance, but also noted the boost the team had from a new pre-match warm-up designed by Bamn Fit, a dynamic personal training service in south and west London.
Storm are now sitting equal top in the Premier League after two wins and one loss.
Next up is Swindon who visit the Streatham arena on Nov 29th. Face-off at 6.45pm. Entrance free – all welcome.
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STORM – WIDNES MATCH REPORT
Streatham Storm went down to a 3-1 defeat on Sunday in a hard-fought premier league battle at home against Widnes Ladies.
The visitors, winner of the Northern League last season, arrived late at the High Road after getting stuck in London traffic, but they showed no sign of road rust as they piled on the pressure in the first period.
Storm were set back on their heels as 22 shots rained in on Ruth Cattell and they had their netminder to thank for escaping the period just one goal down, a solo effort from Catherine Bowen Fell.
A powerplay goal in the 28th minute from Bowen Fell, after a slack line change by Streatham, and another even-strength score five minutes later by Rachel Cartright, put well-drilled Widnes firmly in the driving seat.
But Storm at last got their wheels in gear. With the bench strengthened and lines shuffled after the season-opening 9-4 win over Nottingham, the team began to show its character. Monika Suchanek, a growing offensive threat, led a 3 on 2 charge into the Widnes end, got behind the net and threw the puck out out front in Peter Forsberg style. She found Caelin Berek advancing in from the point and Berek whipped a wrist shot through traffic into the net with a minute left before the second interval.
With confidence boosted, Storm went toe-to-toe with Widnes in a tense third period. The pressure forced a Widnes time-out with less than two minutes remaining, but Storm couldn’t find the second goal that would have made a grandstand finish.
Both goalies took the respective player of the game awards, with Cattell stopping 48 shots, while Stephanie Jade Drinkwater turned away 28 for Widnes.
Frustrated captain Hannah Carnegy felt Storm could have got more out of the game.
“We didn’t play as well as we could have. But they are a good team and we got better as the match went on.”
Coach Sam Nicoll added: “We allowed way too many shots on goal. We’ve got to sort that, but we battled well and we will definitely improve from here.”
Streatham Storm got their 2015/16 season off to a terrific start on Sunday, beating visitors Nottingham Vipers 9-4 at the Streatham arena.
Despite missing several top players, including former GB captain Fiona King and last season's top scorer Monika Suchanek, Storm got off to a flying start with a goal in the first minute from Joanna Li How Cheong, assisted by Parris Moore.
Vipers equalised in the eighth minute, but were soon reeling from four unanswered Storm goals. Captain Hannah Carnegy rattled in a hatrick, including a power play score, with Rachel Wood also netting. Vipers pulled one back but further goals from Catherine Pinder, Isabelle Taylor and a second for Li How Cheong saw the Storm take a commanding 8-3 lead into the second interval.
The third period was a calmer affair. Carnegy wrapped up her player of the game performance with a fourth, matched by a fourth goal for the Vipers. Li How Cheong ended with a team-leading 6 points, Carnegy had 5, with Sarah Audsley bagging 4 assists.
The thumping victory owed much to Ruth Cattell in goal, who turned away 38 out of 42 shots in a starring performance. In fact the Vipers comfortably outshot the Storm, who will be looking to tighten up their defensive effort in coming games when several key players unavailable at the weekend will be on the bench.
Coach Sam Nicoll was encouraged by the strong start after a tough season last year. "It was a very good win. For sure we still have a lot of hard work to do. But I am very pumped for the rest of the season," he said.
The Storm are next in action at home against Widnes on Sunday October 11th. Face-off at 18.30. All welcome. Entrance free.
Streatham Storm, London’s only women’s ice hockey team, kick off their 2015/16 season on Sunday evening (Sept 27) with a home match against Nottingham Vipers.
Hopes for the new season are running high in the Storm camp as the club welcomes back almost all of its squad from last year and has added some promising newcomers to the roster.
“Things are looking very positive,” said Hannah Carnegy, team captain, two-time member of the British Universities squad and former player in the Streatham youth programme. “We’re aiming to do well this year and promotion is definitely our goal.”
The Storm are playing this season in the 15-team Premier league, one notch below the new Elite league. Last year’s campaign in the old top flight Premier was a battle for a mostly young and inexperienced Storm squad but coach Sam Nicoll is confident the team will be tough competitors this year.
“We want to be hard for any team to play. We want to turn Streatham into a fortress this season,” said the former Streatham youth coach and veteran player for the Streatham Chiefs.
Bolstering the squad this year are returning Storm ‘legends’ Fiona King – a former GB captain – and Sabine Kleining. Last season’s top goal scorer, forward Monika Suchanek, is back, as is Ruth Cattell, a top class netminder who has been involved in the GB programme and is a former GB roller hockey goalie. Other signings are in the works that will further strengthen the squad over the coming weeks.
The team is looking to attract some strong support on game nights at the Streatham Ice Arena. Entry is free and all spectators are welcome. Face-off against Nottingham this Sunday is at 16.25. The first four league games are at home, with Widnes next up on October 11, followed by Whitley Bay on Nov 9 and Swindon on November 29.
The club is also keen to recruit new players of all levels of experience. A big emphasis is being placed on development, to build momentum for future seasons to establish the Storm as one of the country’s top teams. Come and be part of a great club that is unique in London!
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