CLINTON – The Listowel Cyclones novice rep minor hockey team competed in their first tournament of the year, Oct. 12-13 in Clinton.
They came up against some stiff competition and ended up on the wrong end of all three games.
First up on Friday night was the South Huron Sabres. South Huron took the early lead and increased it to two on an offside goal to lead 2-0 after the first.
In the second, the team played much better but could not find the back of the net, even with a few good chances on a 5-on-3 power play, and the score remained 2-0 after two periods.
The Cyclones then seemed to go flat in the third with the Sabres putting four more on the board with some fantastic shots to make the final 6-0. Final shots were 16-9 for the Sabres.
Next up was a game versus the Ilderton Jets on Saturday. This was a back-and-forth game with Ilderton going up by a few before Carter Coombs answered back with a power-play goal assisted by Ty Verbeek after Logan Reyes had done a good job keeping the puck in at the blue line earlier in the shift.
The score was 4-1 after the first but the Cyclones were not going to give up. They managed to close the gap to 6-4 after two periods. Coombs scored three more times in the second, assists to Camden McNevan and Harrison Taplay.
The third saw the team lose some steam as Ilderton managed to pull away with four more goals in the third to their one – Coombs scored from Ben Nauta – to make the final score 10-5 with the shots ending up 21-14 in favour of the Jets.
The third game was against a strong Bandits team from London. The Bandits came out firing on all cylinders to take a 4-0 lead before the end of the first period – shots were 16-0 with Ethan Baggio making many great saves to keep the score at only four.
The second was a much better period with the Cyclones generating some scoring chances, shots were only 7-4 in the second, and although they gave up four more goals, they did manage to score one: Coombs assisted by Camden.
The third was similar to the first period, with the Bandits scoring three more to end the game with a 11-1 score. Final shots were 32-4 with Baggio coming through with many great saves to ensure the score wasn’t any worse.
On the Sunday the Cyclones were back in the confines of the Listowel arena to play the Blyth/Brussels Bulldogs in their regular-season opener. These two teams were evenly matched and the play went back and forth with anyone having a chance to win.
Unfortunately the Cyclones were on the wrong end of a 4-3 final score. Goal scorers were Coombs with two breakaway goals and Nauta with a great backhand upstairs, which had tied the game at 3-3.