BY TERRY BRIDGE
LISTOWEL – Eight days ago the Listowel Cyclones were still searching for their first win of the season.
That quest is now firmly in the rearview mirror. The Cyclones won all three Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League games they played last week, improving their record to 3-4-1 with consecutive victories over Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph.
Two of the local rookies obtained career-first milestones in junior B, too. Carter Stewart scored his first goal on Sept. 25 in Kitchener against the Dutchmen. His unassisted marker at 13:11 of the second period made it 3-1 Cyclones in an eventual 5-3 victory.
Four days later in Guelph, netminder Daniel Dekoning made 29 saves for his first GOJHL victory. Both Stewart and Dekoning are 16-year-olds from the town of Listowel.
Mac Nichol, Patrick Bell, Chris Gillman and Caleb Cameron also scored against Kitchener. Gillman broke a 3-3 tie midway through the third period, and Cameron iced the team’s first win with an empty-net goal with 11 seconds to go.
Drew Reinhardt made 36 saves for Listowel. Steven Jakiela, Kell Grant and Brett Clampitt scored for the Dutchmen.
The Cambridge Winter Hawks constructed a 3-1 second-period lead on Friday at Listowel Memorial Arena with goals from Brandon Plourde, Trevor Hache and Christian Barnard.
The Cyclones responded with the game’s final five goals. Shawn Moore, Cameron, Nichol, Gillman and Brandon Preistap scored, three of them being power-play markers.
Reinhardt made 40 saves. Mitch Figueirdo had 25 at the other end. Listowel’s Jacob Robitaille had opened the scoring prior to Cambridge’s three in a row.
On Saturday in Guelph, Sam Feagan scored twice and Bell had the other as the club went up 3-0 about 22 minutes into the game. Blair McIntosh was the only Hurricane to beat Dekoning on a power-play goal with 6:55 to play in the second.
Over the three-game span, Listowel was 5-for-27 with the man advantage and 21-for-22 on the penalty kill.
They have two games this weekend, first on Friday, Oct. 5 at home versus the Hurricanes (1-5) at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday they are in St. Catharines to take on the Buffalo Jr. Blades (0-9) of the Golden Horseshoe Conference at 2 p.m.