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Cyclones score five straight on Vikings in victory
andrew brethauer December 7th, 2011

Sarnia, ON - The last time the Northern Vikings and St. Christopher Cyclones met in boys hockey, Northern eliminated the Cyclones from the playoffs 26 seconds into overtime. And with a 5-2 victory on Wednesday afternoon, the Cyclones coaching staff are not going to let the team forget it.

"I have that goal that was scored against us on video," said Cyclones Head Coach Blake Morrison. "These players will be seeing that several times over the course of the season."

Northern held the Cyclones to zero goals in the first four minutes despite a large amount of shots turned aside by Vikings goalie Brandon Johnson. But the heavy fire power of the Cyclones offence would finally get through, as Clay Walker would kick off the scoring, looking to pass the puck across crease but instead banking it off a sliding Viking defender and into his own net.

Soon after, Chris Pamenter would walk in and let a blast go from the faceoff dot and beat Johnson glove side for the 2-0 St. Chris lead. Keegan Brandon would round out the scoring in the first period, picking up the rebound as the third man on a 3 on 1 player.

In the second period, Brandon would puck up his second goal of the game, knocking in a loose puck from a scramble in front of the net, as St. Chris took a 4-0 lead into the third period.

In the third, Joe DeSena would make it a five goal game after scoring on the breakaway.

With five minutes remaining in the game, Northern would finally break Pat Brennan's shutout, as Mitch Bigras would puck up two goals, first picking up a round off a drive by Justin Moore to the net, and then being found in the slot for a wrist shit to make it 5-2.

"We got off to a really good start. The game plan was to fire pucks at the net and get some quick goals," said Morrison. "That helped our confidence a lot because Northern has a strong hockey club."

But Morrison knows that anything can change in a heartbeat, or in his case 26 seconds. But it is something he enjoys about the LSSAA boys hockey league, in that anything can happen quickly and anyone can win on any given day.

"It was kind of fun last year watching St. Clair rise and win the city title. For a long time it has been Northern and Petrolia (LCCVI) being the dominate clubs. Anything can happen in playoffs. I realized and recognized that last year. You let up for just one moment and the momentum of the game can turn around. "

St. Chris will play LCCVI on Wednesday, and Northern will take on St. Clair on Thursday. Both games are at Clearwater Arena.


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