Nationals down Cyclones in OT

The Cyclones attack the offensive zone in a game against the London Nationals in April, 2019. (Photo by Steve Sabourin)

For the first time in the series the Listowel Cyclones were able to score a goal in the first period.

And it came on the power play as Jonah White was able to set up shop in front of the net and tip a Brayden Krieger shot by London goalie Zachary Springer.

That would be the only power play goal of the night as Listowel went 1-for-6 and London 0-for-2.

Listowel would hold the lead up until midway through the second period when London defenceman Austin Jeffers snapped the puck towards the net from the blueline. It had eyes, finding it’s way through a crowd into the top blocker side corner.

From there, the crowd watched what was more like a tennis match at times with the puck moving left to right and quickly back again with the transition game.

There would be no more scoring until 5:06 of the third period. That’s when Listowel defencemen Brenden Clayton took a shot and the puck stayed low and slid across the goal line on the ice for a 2-1 Listowel lead. Ten minutes later, London forward George Diaco walked in on three Cyclones, who backed away from the puck carrier, and he elected to shoot. The puck went in top shelf to tie the game.

For the second time this series, the game went into overtime.

Both teams had chances early but it was a scramble that ended it.

With players from both teams falling in front of the Listowel net in an attempt to find the puck, it was Josh Castle who found first and flipped it in for the winner.

The final was 3-2 in OT as London takes a 3-1 lead in the Sutherland Cup Semi-Final series.

Game 5 is in London Wednesday night at 7:00PM. You can listen to that game on Cherrey Buslines OHA Hockey on CKNX.

In the other series, Waterloo won 3-2 on the road to take a commanding 3-0 series lead over Niagara Falls.