Cy­clones even se­ries

Chayse Her­rfort scores 14 sec­onds into over­time to give Lis­towel a 5-4 win over the Lon­don Na­tion­als.

The Beacon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - CORY SMITH SPORTS ED­I­TOR

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. co­smith@post­media.com

CORY SMITH/THE BEA­CON HER­ALD

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.

CORY SMITH/THE

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.

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