Cyclones even series
Chayse Herrfort scores 14 seconds into overtime to give Listowel a 5-4 win over the London Nationals.
Chayse Herrfort wasn’t going to miss again.
The Listowel Cyclones forward nearly ended Game 2 of the Sutherland Cup semifinal in regulation, but his shot from the hashmarks rang off the crossbar behind London Nationals goalie David Ovsjannikov with less than 10 seconds remaining in the third period.
It would have been a play that haunted Herrfort had the Cyclones lost, but the 19 year old from Palmerston made amends in overtime, redirecting Ben VanOoteghem’s pass just 14 seconds into the extra frame to give the Cyclones a 5-4 win Friday night at the Steve Kerr Memorial Complex.
The series is tied at a game apiece with Game 3 scheduled for Saturday in London at 7:30 p.m.
“We just tried to throw everything we can at this goalie and fortunately (VanOoteghem) got the puck to the net, and I got my stick on it and chipped it over the glove,” Herrfort said. “We knew the winner was going to have to be a greasy one. They weren’t going to give us any easy chances, and I was just trying to go to the net and create some havoc.”
Herrfort’s second goal of the night ended a back-and-forth game that saw the Cyclones and Nationals trade goals for more than 60 minutes. More importantly for Listowel, it meant avoiding an 0-2 hole after losing the opener in double overtime.
“I think anytime you’re in a series with a great hockey team you want to get that win,” Listowel head coach Jason Brooks said. “Especially after losing in double overtime, getting that win tonight was important, especially with the back-to-back game tomorrow night.
“It gives us a little breathing room now, get it to even. We can reset, they’ll reset, and get ready for tomorrow.”
Listowel’s Mitch Deelstra opened the scoring in Game 2, beating Ovsjannikov 8:28 into the game.
That set the stage for a frantic finish to the first frame, as the teams combined for four goals in 87 seconds. Herrfort and Holdyn Lansink scored for the Cyclones, while Brandon Glover – from a tight angle with his body behind the goal line – and Colin Wilson replied for the Nationals, who trailed 3-2 after 20 minutes.
“I thought of the three goals in the first period we absolutely gave them to them,” London head coach Pat Powers said. “It’s not typical of the way we want to play, and I don’t know if it caught us off guard but we kind of got reeling and we couldn’t get back into the first period. I thought we rebounded and played a very good second 40 (minutes).”
Powers said the momentary lapse in focus against an aggressive opponent cost the Nationals, who were gunning for an eighth straight playoff victory.
“Listowel keeps the pressure on 100 per cent of the time and they never back off,” he said. “Their forwards are always forechecking and getting in on the puck, and they’re tenacious after the puck in the offensive zone. When they turn it in transition they turn it hard.” London’s Kyle Dawson and Listowel’s Jakob Lee exchanged goals in the second period, and Nationals forward Max Vinogradov tied the game with 3:51 left in the third. Vinogradov drove the net on his off wing and beat a Listowel defenceman before stuffing the puck between the legs of goalie Max Wright for his fourth goal of the postseason.
Enter Herrfort, who couldn’t believe his luck after hitting iron with a snapshot in the final seconds of the third period. He now has four goals and eight points in his last three games dating back to the Cherrey Cup final against Elmira.
“I was definitely disappointed and went back to the room and said I want to get this next one. We just regrouped and fortunately we were able to end it early.”
NOTES: It was announced that more than $18,000 was raised for the Humboldt Broncos from various fundraisers throughout Listowel. The Cyclones donated $1,600 to the Saskatchewan junior hockey team involved in a bus crash last Friday that killed 16 ... Each goalie made 31 saves ... Listowel scored on its only power play, and London was 0-for-1 with the man advantage ... Attendance was 1,158. firstname.lastname@example.org
Listowel Cyclones forward Chayse Herrfort redirects the puck past London Nationals goalie David Ovsjannikov for the winning goal 14 seconds into overtime Friday night in Game 2 of the Sutherland Cup semifinal.
Listowel Cyclones goalie Max Wright can only watch as London Nationals’ forward Brandon Glover flips the puck into the net from a tough angle during the first period of Friday’s Sutherland Cup semifinal in Listowel.