Storm rolls into semifinals

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Keweenaw Storm kept rolling in the knockout phase of the USA Hockey Tier II 19U Girls Nationals Saturday, pushing aside the Portland (Maine) Jr. Pirates 5-1.

Keweenaw advances to the semifinals Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. EDT against either the Colorado Tigers or the Charles River (Mass.) Blazers, who play later today.

The Storm controlled play all day, outshooting the Pirates by a 42-7 margin.

Keweenaw broke through first on Cassidy Rajala’s goal at the 3:43 mark of the first period. Lexi Pyykkonen tallied on a power play later in the period for a 2-0 lead before Portland pulled one back in the last minute of the frame.

The Storm nabbed the vital first goal of the second period when Kim Harter lit the lamp at 5:40. The Storm successfully killed two penalties and cashed in on a power-play of its own, as Allie Patrick upped the lead to 4-1 with 44 seconds left in the period.

Keweenaw completely shut the game down in the third, as the Pirates failed to record a single shot on goal. Selena Stromer finished the scoring with three seconds left in the game.

Stephanie King made six saves for her and the Storm’s fourth win of the tournament.