BY TERRY BRIDGE
LISTOWEL – It was quite the wild weekend for the Listowel Cyclones.
Here are some of the highlights from their home-and-home set with the Stratford Cullitons:
- Jacob Robitaille scored a ridiculous goal in the shootout as the Cyclones won 3-2 on Friday in Stratford. His creative move still had observers talking when the teams met again Sunday afternoon in Listowel.
- Two Listowel natives scored the two regulation goals for their club in that first contest: Mac Nichol, his seventh, and Carter Stewart, his second.
- Nichol took a floating puck to the mouth in Sunday’s 5-4 loss. He was able to shake that off, but had to leave the game a little later when he hit his head in the corner.
- Cyclone Shawn Moore took a slapshot to the face in a scary incident in the first period of that game. While killing a penalty, a Stratford defenceman’s point shot got up in a hurry, ripping Moore’s visor right off his helmet. He went down for a while but was able to return – with a visor re-attached – later on.
- A total of for 33 infractions for 72 minutes of penalties were handed out at Listowel Memorial Arena. The crowd and both head coaches loudly voiced their displeasure with the officials as the afternoon wore on.
“We never knew what was getting called when, or how,” Cyclones assistant coach Mark Uniac said afterwards. “I don’t want to get too wound up about the referee, but everybody in the building was guessing tonight. When that happens, it’s anybody’s guess; we don’t know what’s going to happen.”
- Over both games, Stratford was 4-for-13 on the power play and Listowel 3-for-19. The majority of opportunities and goals came during the rematch.
- The Cullitons out-shot Listowel by a combined 102-54.
- Cyclones goalie Daniel Dekoning has again been recalled to the OHL’s Erie Otters. Goalie Oskar Dansk had to miss some time after getting hit in the head. It’s not expected to be for very long, though.
- Drew Reinhardt played all 125 minutes in Listowel’s crease and stopped two of the four shootout attempts. Andrew Barton and Jake Ryan beat him on their shots. Stratford’s seven regulation goals were scored by: Ryan (3), Trevor MacDonald, Liam Maaskant, Ryker Killins, and the aptly named Jared Culliton.
- Robitaille scored twice for the Cyclones on Sunday, and in doing so took the team goal lead. His 28 total is two up on Caleb Cameron, who officially announced he is heading to RIT next year to play NCAA division-I hockey.
- Patrick Bell and Sam Feagan had the club’s other two goals.
- Cameron returned to action last week after missing just a couple of games due to a broken finger. He still maintains the team points race with 66 in 38 games, nine points up on Robitaille. He also ranks seventh in the entire Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. Dayne Phillips of the Port Colborne Pirates leads the league with 84 points in 39 games.
- Listowel is third in the Midwestern Conference with 50 points, and has 10 games left to play. Caledonia maintains first with 56 points and Cambridge second at 53. Elmira is two points back of the Cyclones. Brampton (13-23-4, eighth) is the only team they face in a light weekend coming up. Game time is 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Listowel Memorial Arena.
- Listowel was a Sunday afternoon come-from-behind victory away from sweeping the six-game head-to-head series after taking the first five meetings. Keep in mind all but one of those games were decided by one goal, and three of them went to a shootout.
“I think we’ve beat them the first five and this was our last one against them,” Uniac said. “The effort was there, the guys worked hard, just made some mistakes and Stratford worked really hard, give them credit. They seemed to want it a little more than us.”
- Stratford goalie Nicholas Caldwell made 26 saves to earn Friday’s victory. The club started former Cyclone Michael Pesendorfer in the rematch. Listowel was kicking themselves for not scoring on three clear breakaways they had early on.
“Would have been nice to put a couple of those in, but we didn’t,” Uniac pointed out.