BY TERRY BRIDGE
LISTOWEL – After an overtime loss in Waterloo, Jeff Flanagan decided that he would be starting rookie goaltender Daniel Dekoning in front of family and friends when the Waterloo Siskins made a return trip to Listowel the following weekend.
“We knew we’d put him in to get the feel for it. We talked about a home game, his hometown. I think he handled it very well, we’re happy with how he played. We just have to play better in front of him,” explained Flanagan, three games into his first season as the Listowel Cyclones head coach.
The club opened the scoring as Dekoning, 16, blanked the Siskins for the first 29 minutes of the game.
Waterloo (2-2) scored six-straight goals to take a 6-1 victory on Friday, Sept. 14. Christian Mroczkowski netted the game-winner on the power play with 46 seconds to go in the second period.
“Waterloo got a quick two and they just kept coming at us and coming at us. You can’t take so many penalties,” Flanagan noted. “That was the big difference for us.”
Dekoning saw 47 shots in total, 19 in the third period alone. The Cyclones managed 39 on Siskins’ netminder PJ Bridges.
Jacob Robitaille opened the scoring from Sam Harris midway through the first, but it was a steady team-wide decline after that.
“We were great on the forecheck in the first half, we had tons of chances, and then we got into some penalty trouble in the second period and it just seemed to take the wind out of our sails,” Flanagan said.
Ted Anstett, Adam Campagnolo, Keigan Goetz, Ryan Doucette and Daniel Hanlon also scored for the Siskins.
Listowel (0-2-1) is still searching for their first win of a fresh Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League season. Their next opportunity comes Friday, Sept. 21 when the similarly winless Kitchener Dutchmen (0-1-1) pay a visit to Listowel Memorial Arena. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday the club heads to Cambridge to face the Winter Hawks (3-0) at 7 p.m.