LUCKNOW – The Listowel Cyclones novice rep minor hockey team won a tournament in Lucknow last weekend.
First up was another match-up with Blyth/Brussels. Listowel fell behind 4-2 with less then two minutes remaining, but with the goalie pulled, Ben Nauta managed to score twice to send the game into overtime. The five-minute overtime period got down to 1:38 when Carter Coombs managed to win it for the Cyclones and send them to the championship side of the tournament.
Coombs ended up with two goals and two assists, Camden McNevan had the other goal, and Owen Schouten added an assist.
The next game was versus Lucknow. The Cyclones were definitely ready for this one and took the lead early. They did not relent, resulting in a 10-3 victory and a date in the championship game.
Nauta had another great game, earning four goals and three assists. McNevan had two goals, Coombs had two goals and five assists, Drew Wilken and Caleb Arent each had a goal and an assist, and Ty Verbeek and Harrison Taplay added single assists as well.
The final was versus Drayton, and Listowel again had a strong start, going up 5-0 halfway though the second period.
It appeared the Cyclones thought the game was over at this point as they stopped skating as hard and got a little lazy. Drayton scored two before the end of the second, and by the time there was five minutes left in the third, the game was tied 5-5.
With 3:55 left in the game, Coombs managed to score the go-ahead goal and the Cyclones held on to secure the 6-5 victory and the championship trophy.
Coombs had two goals and one assist, Arent and Brayden Weishar had a goal and an assist each, Taplay and McNevan rounded out the goals and Harrison (2), Wilken and Carter Coates pulled in the other assists.
It was a great tournament for all, with Ethan Baggio making timely saves; Wilken, Coates, Jay Ravi, Logan Reyes and Brooke Barclay playing solid defence; and Coombs, Nauta, Schouten, McNevan, Weishar, Arent, Taplay and Verbeek with a great fore check and timely goal scoring.
“Congratulations kids, you made the coaches and parents very proud,” head coach Pete Verbeek wrote on the Listowel minor hockey website.