The Waterloo Siskins are the 2018-2019 Cherrey Cup Champions winning game 6 over the Listowel Cyclones in front of over 2,000 fans Sunday at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex (See Photo #1, #2 and #3 of Apr 7, 2019 Album). Waterloo rebounded from a 3-1 loss Friday night in Listowel with a great effort right from the drop of the puck.
Waterloo jumped to a 1-0 lead at 5:24 of the opening frame when SAM SPAEDT was streaking to the back post and converted a perfect pass from JOSEPH SERPA into a gaping net. Cyclones netminder Evan Morrison who was strong all series for Listowel had no chance as SERPA was selling “shot” forcing Morrison to commit to him. Waterloo just kept coming with speed in the period. SAM CHERRY tipped the puck by a Cyclone defenseman pinching at the Waterloo blue line; line mate OWEN LANE saw the play unfold and also sped away creating a two on one from 130 feet away from the Listowel goal. CHERRY buried a shot stick side using LANE as a decoy and Waterloo was up 2-0 at the 14:42 mark of the period. Listowel got into penalty trouble drawing a double minor for tripping 27 seconds later. Waterloo made it 3-0 on the power play when Captain ALEX CIMINO scored on a point shot with a screen in front of Morrison. Waterloo outshot Listowel 9-6 in the first period with many high quality opportunities.
The second period featured a number of power plays for both teams. Siskins goaltender MATT ONUSKA was solid in net for Waterloo again this game making many good saves and managing his rebounds well. SAM CHERRY scored his second of the game at 11:25 of the second period with a perfect shot off the left post and in from the dot to the right of Morrison. Waterloo also had a penalty shot awarded to OWEN LANE who was hauled down from behind when he broke loose all the way from the Waterloo blue line. LANE went “five hole” on the attempt but Morrison shut the door leaving Waterloo with a 4-0 lead going into the third period.
The Cyclones got on the Board at the 8:50 mark of the period when Brayden Krieger scored on the power play. Krieger scored again 5 minutes later on a goal mouth pass but that’s as close as Listowel would get this day. OWEN LANE scored on the empty net at 16:25 of the third and that pretty much took the fight out of Listowel making the last 3:35 of the period uneventful. Listowel ended up outshooting Waterloo 28-22 in the game. Waterloo was 2 for 4 on the power play and Listowel who also had 4 power plays scored one with the extra man.
The Siskins will now face the Niagara Falls Canucks as they continue their pursuit of the Sutherland Cup. Waterloo will be on the road for game one on Friday night due to playoff results. However, game 2 of the Sutherland Cup semi finals will be played at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex on Sunday April 14th at 1:30PM.