Kids target national title after storming to league win

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THE young ice hockey players of MK Storm have been celebrating this week after winning the South West League title on Sunday.

Planet Ice was the venue for the team’s final match of the season against Basingstoke, and from the moment the puck was dropped they dominated the game as they raced into a 6-0 lead by the end of the first period.

The second period was a repeat of the first, with Storm showing off their skills to extend their lead as the contest went on.

To their credit, Basingstoke did not give up and their goalkeeper’s heroics kept the score a lot lower than it could have been. But even he couldn’t stop the goals going in as Storm got the eight goals they need to secure an automatic win.

Basingstoke battled hard and it looked like they were going to get a goal back, only for Storm keeper Kloe Vinall to pull off a fantastic one-on-one save.

Instead it was the home team who added to their tally as they hit the back of the net no less than 20 times to seal a fantastic win, and with it the league title.

Head coach Gary Bowers was delighted for his boys and girls.

He said: “The team played like champions right from the start with some superb passing from all three lines. Now we look forward to the play-off games.”

The children are now focusing on those play-offs, where they will face South East League champions Guildford over two legs, with the winner then taking on the top side from the north of the country at the National Final in Sheffield on May 20. Good luck to them in their first play-off game next Sunday.