BY SHANNON DUFF
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The home team handed the visiting Brantford 99ers a 5-2 defeat Jan. 17 at Listowel Memorial Arena.
“After the trade deadline passed, it was good to get a win under our belt,” said head coach Mark Uniac.
The Cyclones opened the game with two period-one goals; Chase Duckworth put Listowel on the board, assisted by Austin Kovrig and Brad Yowart. Kenny Huether followed suit, with helpers going to Kevin Gergley and Blake Nichol.
In period two, Brantford tried to regain some ground with a powerplay goal, but the Cyclones were determined to hold them at bay and responded with a Ted Nichol marker. Reid Simmons and Connor Shaw were credited with assists.
In period three, Listowel continued with its winning ways as Kovrig, assisted by Reid Simmons and Ray McFalls, found the back of the net. For Listowel’s fifth and final goal of the night, Ben Shelley notched one for the home team, helped out by Tanner Mighton and Derek Elliott.
Brantford got the last word in with a late-game goal, but it wasn’t near enough to catch up to the Listowel Cyclones that night.
Brantford players served 12 minutes on six penalties and Listowel was close behind with 10 minutes on five infractions.
Uniac said the recent victory is an indication that his players are starting to gel.
“We’ve got a young team,” he said. “It’s been a learning curve.”
The Cyclones have 10 regular season games remaining and Uniac said he’s optimistic the team will clinch a playoff spot.
“We’re in pretty good shape,” he said.
The Cyclones play again in Stratford on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.