Listowel Cyclones sweep Waterloo aside
WATERLOO – Four consecutive goals by Cullen Mercer helped the Listowel Cyclones complete their sweep of the Waterloo Siskins in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Midwestern Conference semifinals Wednesday night at the Waterloo Recreation Complex.
Waterloo led 2-1 at the end of the first period before Listowel struck for five unanswered goals in the second period including the four in a row by Mercer. The third period was scoreless.
Jakob Lee and Brady Anderson also scored for Listowel while Lucas Pozzobon and Sam Cherry each had a goal and an assist for Waterloo.
The Cyclones outshot the Siskins 45-28 and went 4-for-7 on the power play while Waterloo went 1-for-6.
Brock Baier picked up the win in net for Listowel while Liam Devine took the loss for Waterloo.
The Cyclones advance to play the winner of the series between the Elmira Sugar Kings and Kitchener Dutchmen for the conference championship.
Sugar Kings 4 Dutchmen 2
ELMIRA — The Elmira Sugar Kings scored three times in the first period on their way to the win over the Kitchener Dutchmen Wednesday night at the Dan Snyder Memorial Arena.
The Sugar Kings, who were outshot 43-29, led 3-0 at the end of the first period and 4-1 after the second. Elmira was held scoreless on five power plays while Kitchener went 1-for-6 on their power play.
Jeff Jordan scored twice for Elmira while Jeremey Goodwin and Tyler McBay added one goal apiece.
Logan Schmidt and Ben Morris scored for Kitchener.
Elmira leads the best-of-seven series 3-2. Sixth game is slated for Friday night at Kitchener.
Flyers 3 Vipers 2
LASALLE – The Leamington Flyers scored twice in the first period in their victory over the LaSalle Vipers Wednesday night at the Vollmer Recreation Complex.
Leamington led 2-0 at the end of the first period before the teams scored once apiece in the second.
LaSalle outshot Leamington 41-23 and both teams were 1-for-4 on their power plays.
Josh Pope-Ferguson, Zach Guilbeault and Dallas Maurovic scored for Leamington while Jack Bowler and Tyler Russell had the goals for LaSalle.
The win gives Leamington a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.
Sixth game is scheduled for Thursday night at Leamington.
Nationals 8 Maroons 2
LONDON – The London Nationals hit for the final six goals of the game to drop the Chatham Maroons Wednesday night at the Western Fair Community Centre.
The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of the first period before the Nationals surged ahead 6-2 by the end of the second.
London outshot Chatham 44-37 and went 2-for-6 on the power play while the Maroons went 1-for-8.
Brandon Glover had two goals and two assists for London while the other goals were scored by Austin Kemp, Carson Brookshaw, Harlen VanWynsberghe, Quinn Lenihan, Richard Whittaker and Michael Andlauer.
Teddy McGeen and Bryce Yetman scored for Chatham.
With the win the Nationals go up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.
Game 5 is to go Thursday night at Chatham.
The winner of the series will play the winner of the Leamington-LaSalle series in the Western Conference final.
Canucks 5 Falcons 4
NIAGARA FALLS – Austin Wright’s goal with less than eight and a half minutes to go in regulation time lifted the Niagara Falls Canucks to the win over the St. Catharines Falcons Wednesday night at the Gale Centre.
St. Catharines scored the lone goal of the first period in the see-saw battle while Niagara Falls led 3-2 by the end of the second.
The Falcons outshot the Canucks 35-32 and went 1-for-4 on their power play while Niagara Falls was scoreless on five power plays.
Andrew Barbeau, Patrick McCabe, Frank Pucci and Ted Davis scored the other goals for Niagara Falls.
Getting one goal apiece for St. Catharines were Riley McCourt, Lucas Smilsky, Mitchell Webb and Zach Main.
The result squared the best-of-seven series at two wins apiece.
Winner of the series will play the Caledonia Corvairs in the Golden Horseshoe Conference final.
Caledonia swept the Ancaster Avalanche in four games in the conference semifinals.
Game 5 of the Niagara Falls-St. Catharines series is slated for Friday night at St. Catharines while Game 6 is to go Sunday afternoon at Niagara Falls.
- Guelph Sports Journal