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Cyclones storm over Cardinals in SWOSSAA semi-finals
andrew brethauer March 1st, 2012

Sarnia, ON - Joe DeSena scored a hat-trick in the St. Christopher Cyclones 9-1 victory over the Lambton-Kent Cardinals in the SWOSSAA 1A/2A boys hockey semi-final game Thursday afternoon at the Clearwater Arena.

"We played a very good team and I compliment our team," said Cyclones Head Coach Blake Morrison. "The score is surprising against such a good hockey team and it just reflects how much these boys want to move on."

It was 4-0 after the first period for the Cyclones. Clay Williams scored just 27 seconds into the game to get the Cyclones rolling, followed by Nic Amodeo a minute later for the quick 2-0 lead. Jamie Vandenberg got the third goal off a scramble in front of the Cardinals net, while Ben Morrison would tally the fourth goal with 32 seconds left, picking up his third point of the period.

DeSena would get his first of the game to start the second period, as the Cyclones continue to feed pucks into the back of the net. Matt Doidge would put home the sixth of the game, while Clay Walker would battle a scramble in front for the seventh goal. Lambton-Kent would finally get on the board as Cole McDonald would steal the shutout from Pat Brennan in the Cyclones net, but it would be the last goal past Brennan for the remainder of the game. DeSena would finish the period scoring twenty seconds after the Cardinals and with 10 seconds remaing to give the Cyclones a 8-1 lead after two periods.

DeSena would cap off his hat-trick at the start of the third to finish off the 9-1 victory.
Ben Morrison finished with a goal and four assists, while Claw Williams had a goal and two assists in the victory.
"I really have high regard for the players on the St. Chris team," said Morrison. "They maintained their composure, and I look for those qualities and they exemplified class."





Much like their victory over LCCVI in last weeks Lambton Cup final, the Cyclones got off to a quick start against the Cardinals, in what Morrison says takes the wind out of the sails of the opponent.

"When you are playing a tight game against a strong hockey club, getting that early momentum, you can just build on it. It deflates [the other team]."

The Cyclones will now move on to the SWOSSAA final on Monday March 5th against the Windsor Essex champion FJ Brennan Cardinals.

"Brennan is a good hockey team and well coached. We expect to have a challenge and will prepare accordingly."

The winner of the SWOSSAA final will move on to the OFSAA championships in Peterborough, March 21-24.