BY TERRY BRIDGE
LISTOWEL – Some big news concerning the local junior hockey club and its local goaltender.
Daniel Dekoning, a 16-year-old from Listowel, has been called up to the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League to fill the roster spot of Oscar Dansk, who is leaving to play for Sweden at the upcoming world junior hockey championship.
The Otters drafted Dekoning in the eighth round of the 2012 Priority Selection. He started this season with the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Listowel Cyclones, going 7-2 with a 2.84 goals against average and .915 save percentage.
The Otters are in Niagara on Thursday before embarking on a home-and-home set with the Kitchener Rangers on Friday and Saturday. After that the club doesn’t play again until Dec. 28 in Owen Sound.
As for the Cyclones (17-11-1), they won two of three games last weekend, with both victories coming in a shootout. Listowel won 3-2 at home on Friday over the Kitchener Dutchmen, lost 3-2 in Brampton on Saturday, then won 2-1 in Stratford on Sunday.
Friday versus the Dutchmen (14-11-4), Caleb Cameron erased a 2-0 deficit with a pair of goals, his 16th and 17th of the season. He was held in check in the shootout, but teammate Jacob Robitaille came through with the clincher. Goalie Drew Reinhardt stopped all three shooters for the win, in addition to the 40 saves he made through regulation and overtime.
Philip Moser and Dylan Bursey previously scored for Kitchener, and Marc Williams made 30 saves.
Saturday night in Brampton, Dylan Sayle scored 31 seconds into the third period to pull Listowel within one, but they couldn’t find the equalizer. Scott Pawson previously scored on the power play, while Phil Caputo, Calvin Gomes and Michael Darrigo had the Bombers’ (8-18-2) goals. Bryan Raymond made 31 saves for the victory; Reinhardt compiled 22.
Cameron was ejected from this contest in the third period – just seconds after Sayle’s goal – for a hit from behind. He made up for it Sunday night at the Allman Arena in Stratford with the shootout winner to give Listowel the extra point that was up for grabs.
Patrick Bell opened the scoring midway through the first, and Jake Ryan pulled the Cullitons (11-12-5) even in the middle of the third. The Cullitons outshot Listowel 42-32.
Nineteen year-old Michigan native Michael Pesendorfer, who played for Listowel last year before being sent recently to Stratford, took the loss while Reinhardt earned his 10th win.
Over the three tilts, Listowel went 1-for-11 on the power play and 17-for-17 on the penalty kill.
There’s no rest for the weary, as the Cyclones have another three-in-three weekend approaching. Friday at Listowel Memorial Arena they face the Waterloo Siskins (15-11-2), who recently made a coaching change, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday they’re in Caledonia to challenge the Corvairs (19-8-3), and Sunday they head to Elmira for a date with the Sugar Kings (17-8-3) at 7 p.m.