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Jan 30, 2019

Storm update

Despite a full sixty minute effort and a big push for the win, Streatham Storm Division 1 team suffered a 3-4 home loss against promotion rivals Swindon Topcats last weekend. Report by Jasmine Willson.

Saturday was a big day for Storm D1 with the Topcats sitting one place below them in the third tier of the English Women's leagues. With competition fierce for the top two spots in the league and entry to the play-offs for promotion to the Premier league, every match counts.

Two early goals were scored unassisted by Swindon’s Ellie Wallace, bringing her season points total to 9 in only her second game of the season. Storm Netminder Anastasija Teresenkova went on to make a flurry of saves, continuing to impress in her first season playing for Storm. However, despite best efforts Storm could not snatch back a goal in the first period.

Storm went into the second period in determined mood, but gave up two penalties. The second resulted in a third goal from Swindon. But Storm amped up their play and responded, Parris Moore working hard to get the rebound off an initial shot from Celine Collins. Less than 2 minutes later, Storm clawed back another goal as Zuzana Dobrovolna and  Alina Tuerk perfectly set up Shauna Mann to make a beautiful shot over the shoulder of the Swindon net minder. As the buzzer sounded for the end of the second period, the heads of the Storm players were back up as they prepared to make a final push for the win. 

Storm made the first move in the third period, Dobrovolna and Mann once again teaming up to get the puck to the back of the net with the final touch this time being from Dobrovolna’s stick. The tie pushed players to kick into overdrive on both sides, but Storm took a series of further penalties. They almost saw out two 3 on 5 penalty kills but with just 6 seconds left on the last penalty Swindon’s Dodd managed to find the back of the Storm net. Storm continued to push all the way until the final buzzer, but despite best efforts and both teams being equal in shots, it was Swindon who took home the two points, moving Storm down a place in the league standings. 

Storm D1's next home game is on Feb 23, a rematch against the Oxford Midnight Stars after a fiercely fought 1-1 draw in Oxford.

Before that, Storm's Elite league side take on Guildford at home on Sunday Feb 3, face off at 6.45pm. Entrance is free, we hope to see you there!

Image by Johnnie Savile