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Kings end winless streak

After a winless December, the Elmira Sugar Kings found January more to their liking as they downed the Listowel Cyclones 8-2 last Sunday, ending a seven-game winless streak at the same time.

The Kings showed no mercy to a shorthanded Listowel squad, scoring a trio of power play goals, a shorthanded goal and four more at even strength to win the game.

Elmira’s Lukas Baleshta advances on Listowel defender Kyle Goss in the first period of play last Sunday. Baleshta, a native of West Montrose, had an assist as the Sugar Kings downed the Cyclones 8-2.
Elmira’s Lukas Baleshta advances on Listowel defender Kyle Goss in the first period of play last Sunday. Baleshta, a native of West Montrose, had an assist as the Sugar Kings downed the Cyclones 8-2.

“Someone said to me, ‘do you feel bad?’” head coach Geoff Haddaway recounted. “I said I don’t feel bad for them; we’ve been short bodies all season long. You can’t look at it that way, but you certainly have to seize that opportunity and I thought our guys did a really good job of that.”

Jarred Parent scored first for the Kings, firing in a rebound on a shot from Jake Jefferies and Michael Therrien. Josh Woolley made it a 2-0 lead at 12:44, picking up a feed from Parent and Spencer MacCormack in the slot, wheeling and shooting it past keeper Brock Hansell.

In the second frame, Zach Salomon (Kody Ellis, Lukas Baleshta) built up the Kings’ lead further, neatly deking Hansell for a shorthanded goal and making the score 3-0.

The Cyclones made a move onto the scoreboard midway through the second with a power play goal from Dawson Smith.

The Kings’ power play kicked into gear at 13:29 when Brad Kraus and Andrew Smith crossed the puck to Jake Jefferies, who ripped a slapshot straight into the back of the net. With 40 seconds left in the second, Smith (Brennon Pearce, Jon Jutzi) notched a power play goal of his own, going top shelf on a rebound from Hansell.

Listowel opened the third period with a second power play goal from Dan Mohle, making the score 5-2. The rest of the game was about the Kings, who added three more in the final frame.

Tyson LeBlanc, from Jutzi and Therrien, converted with a third power play goal just eight seconds after the Listowel player headed to the box. At 9:50, Salomon picked up a feed from MacCormack, fired a shot over a sliding defender and Parent knocked the rebound in for his second of the game. With four minutes remaining, Therrien (Parent, Woolley) fired a shot that Hansell got a piece of but not enough and it trickled into the net.

In net for the Kings, Nick Horrigan stopped 35 shots.

Haddaway was pleased to see the Kings go three for six on the power play, an area that has been a bit of an Achille’s heel this season.

“Right before the break, we were starting to show some signs of power play life. We’ve given some ice time to guys who weren’t getting much power play time and they’ve come up with some great efforts. You’re not always necessarily going to score, but if you have strong puck pursuit and you’re creating good scoring chances, eventually that’s going to pay off.”

The win followed a 7-4 loss to Cambridge on Jan. 2, where the Kings saw a two-goal lead slip through their fingers.

Parent scored early in the first period and Riley Sonnenburg added another 6:25 in the second to give Elmira the lead. Matt Amadio put Cambridge on the board before Therrien restored the Kings’ lead to two.

But the Winter Hawks added three more in the second period – one from Mike Sones and a pair from Matt Reis – to take a 4-3 lead. Sones added another five minutes into the third to widen the margin.

Brad Kraus brought Elmira within one with a power play goal at 12:39, only to see Cambridge notch an unassisted goal and finally an empty net goal to win 7-4.

“We played a pretty good game, we just couldn’t come up with that killer instinct to put a team away,” Haddaway said. “We’ve got to realize those are situations where we’ve got to put our foot down and keep it down.”

Through a scheduling quirk, the Kings return to Cambridge Saturday (today) for a rematch against the Winter Hawks. It’s unusual to play the same team on the road a week apart, but Haddaway said it’s a good test for the Kings.

“Hopefully we can go in there Saturday to be a little hungrier and get an opportunity to show some killer instinct.”

The Kings return home Sunday to face the Stratford Cullitons, the team currently two points ahead of Elmira in the standings. The puck drops Sunday at 2 p.m.

WOOLWICH NOVICE GIRLS LL#1
Jan. 2
LL#1 4, LL#2 2
LL#1 goals: Hannah Carr, Delaney Douglas, Abigail Burkholder, Mya Brubacher (Hannah Carr, Katherine Carter, Abigail Burkholder)
LL#2 goals: Zoe Peev x2

WOOLWICH NOVICE BOYS LL#1
Dec. 28
Woolwich 9, Paris 3
Goals: Zac Pickard x6, Zachery Verwey x2, Sullivan Keen (Matthew Brubacher x3, Ben Metzger, Zachery Verwey, Sullivan Keen, Gavin Roemer, Joseph Boehm x2, Seth Horst)
Jan. 2
Woolwich 2, Paris 0
Goals: Zac Pickard, Kyle Deyell

WOOLWICH NOVICE BOYS LL#2
Jan. 2
Woolwich 6, St. George 1
Goals: Tyler Horst x2, Ryan Belanger x2, Andrew Kieswetter, Shae-Lynn Martin (Andrew Kieswetter, Ryan Belanger x2, Jacob MacDonald)

WOOLWICH NOVICE BOYS LL#3
Jan. 2
Ayr 3, Woolwich 2
Goals: CJ Sider x2 (Simon Zenker, Brendan Grant, Kyle Rintoul, Corbin Kaufman)

WOOLWICH NOVICE BOYS LL#4
Woolwich tournament
Game 1
Woolwich 7, New Hamburg #1 2
Goals: Kieffer Beard x2, Hunter Schmitt x3, Eli Baldin x2 (Tyler Martin x2, Eli Baldin x2, Hunter Schmitt, Owen Harnock, Parker Merlihan, Alex Devore
Player of the game: Eli Baldin
Game 2
Woolwich 4, New Hamburg #3 3
Goals: Kieffer Beard, Hunter Schmitt, Eli Baldin x2 (Hunter Schmitt x2, Tyler Martin)
Player of the game: Kieffer Beard
Championship
Woolwich 8, New Hamburg#3 1
Goals: Eli Baldin x4, Hunter Schmitt x3, Colton Schmitt (Ben Witmer, Tyler Martin)
Player of the game: Colton Schmitt
Jan. 2
Woolwich 7, Ayr 2
Goals: Tanner Mann, Eli Baldin x4, Hunter Schmitt x2 (Kieffer Beard, Hunter Schmitt, Eli Baldin, Jesse Martin)
Jan. 3
Woolwich 8, Plattsville 0
Goals: Tanner Mann, Kieffer Beard x2, Eli Baldin x3, Hunter Schmitt, Cameron Martin (Alex Devore, Kieffer Beard, Colin Merlihan, Jesse Martin, Colton Schmitt, Parker Merlihan, Owen Harnock
Shutout: Nate Maier

WOOLWICH MAJOR NOVICE A BOYS
Brampton Silver Stick Tournament
Dec. 27 – Game 1
Woolwich 7, Southpoint 2
Goals: Jacob Code x2, Brody Waters x2, Griffen Rollins, Lukas Shantz, Seth Morrison (Sam Davidson x2, Ethan Young, Austin Cousineau, Brody Waters, Mackenzie Willms)
Player of the game: Austin Cousineau
Game 2
Woolwich 5, Ajax 1
Goals: Brody Waters x2, Jacob Code, Mitch Lee, Sam Davidson (Griffen Rollins, Mitch Lee, Justin Taylor)
Player of the game: Sam Davidson
Dec. 28 – Game 3
Woolwich 5, Cobourg 0
Goals: Josh Martin x2, Mitch Lee, Ethan Young, Jacob Code (Justin Taylor, Kurtis Hoover, Sam Davidson, Josh Martin)
Shutout: Jody Weiss
Player of the game: Seth Morrison
Semi-finals
Whitby 3, Woolwich 1
Goal: Lukas Shantz
Player of the Game:  Cyrus Martin
Dec. 2
Woolwich 4, Oakville 2
Goals: Sam Davidson x2, Austin Cousineau, Brody Waters (Lucas Shantz x2, Seth Morrison x2, Mackenzie Willms, Mitch Lee, Austin Cousineau, Sam Davidson)
Dec. 3
Woolwich 6, Guelph 1
Goals: Brody Waters x3, Mackenzie Willms, Sam Davidson, Josh Martin (Sam Davidson x3, Griffen Rollins, Lucas Shantz, Brody Waters, Jacob Code, Seth Morrison)

WOOLWICH ATOM B GIRLS
Jan. 2
Woolwich 2, North Halton 2
Goals: Caitlin Pickard x2

WOOLWICH ATOM BOYS LL#1
Jan. 2
Woolwich 3, Beverly 0
Goals: Owen Lucier, Conner Graham, Walker Schott (Ryan Diemert, Michael Devries, Chris Williamson)
Jan. 3
Woolwich 4, Plattsville 3
Goals: Riley Shantz, Luke Haugerud x2, Matthew MacDonald (Tim Mayberry)
Jan. 4
LL#1 3, LL#2 2
Goals: Walker Schott x2, Emmett Bartley (Michael Devries x2, Hayden Fretz, Chris Williamson, Aaron Logan)

WOOLWICH ATOM BOYS LL#2
Jan. 4
LL#1 3, LL#2 2
Goals: Kyle Gingrich, Riley Shantz (Max Bender)

WOOLWICH RUSSELL ATOM AE BOYS
Dec. 21
Woolwich 5, Wellington 2
Goals: Nathan Horst, Benton Weber x2, Justin Uhrig, Cameron Brown (Connor Graham, Mathew Uhrig x2, Cameron Brown, Brett Henry )
Jan. 2
Woolwich 1, Arthur 0
Goal: Jonathan Martin (Zachary Pogue, Ben Lenaers)
Shutout: Dylan Creelman
Jan. 4
Wellington 4, Woolwich 2
Goals: James Cooper, Mathew Uhrig (Earl Schwartz)

WOOLWICH MINOR ATOM A BOYS
Hespeler Tournament
Dec. 27 – Game 1
Woolwich 3, Hespeler 2
Goals: Matthew MacDonald, Nolan McLaughlin, Daniel Carr (Nolan McLaughlin, Cade Schaus x2, Matthew MacDonald, Riley Runstedler, Brad Hale)
Dec. 28 – Game 2
Owen Sound 3, Woolwich 1
Goal: Riley Runstedler (Jordan Lee, Cole Altman)

WOOLWICH MAJOR ATOM A BOYS
Pelham Silver Stick tournament
Game 1
Welland 3, Woolwich 0
Game 2
Woolwich 8, Dorchester 3
Goals: Isaac Frey, Noah Zeller x2, Jacob Uridil x4, Sheldon Metzger (Jordan Gamble, Mitch Waters, Keagan Saunders, Cameron Rose x2, Noah Zeller, Isaac Frey, Jonah Boehm, Owen Read, Connor Martin)
Game 3
Woolwich 4, Hamilton 2
Goals: Jonah Boehm, Jordan Gamble, Jacob Uridil x2 (Jacob Uridil, Isaac Frey, Owen Read, Keagan Saunders x2, Mitch Waters, Jonah Boehm)
Quarter-finals
Woolwich 5, Burlington 4 OT
Goals: Jonah Boehm, Jacob Uridil x2, Sheldon Metzger x2 (Sheldon Metzger, Connor Martin, Jacob Uridil)
Semi-finals
Grimsby 5, Woolwich 0
Jan. 2
Woolwich 6, Burlington 0
Goals: Keagan Saunders, Sheldon Metzger x2, Jacob Uridil x2, Jordan Gamble (Sheldon Metzger, Connor Martin, Daniel Gallant, Keagan Saunders, Noah Zeller
Shutout: Alex Metzger
Jan. 3
Woolwich 2, Caledon 2
Goals: Isaac Frey, Noah Zeller (Daniel Gallant)

WOOLWICH PEEWEE B GIRLS
Dec. 23
Woolwich 1, Waterloo 0
Goal: Claire Hanley (Gillian Olsthoorn, Cassandra Tuffnail)
Shutout: Dana Colombo
Jan. 2
Woolwich 2, Mitchell 1
Goals: Cora Keiswetter, Landis Saunders (Landis Saunders, Kendra Harold, Emily Willms, Taylor Rempel)

WOOLWICH PEEWEE C GIRLS
Jan. 2
Woolwich 2, Wilmot 2
Goals: Blaire Snyder, Sydney Meunier (Meghan Martin, Erika Morrison, Emily Schuurmans, Michelle Wang)
Jan. 3
Woolwich 1, Milverton 1
Goal: Sydney Meunier (Emily Schuurmans, Meghan Martin)

WOOLWICH PEEWEE BOYS LL#1
Jan. 2
Woolwich 10, St. George 0
Goals: Joseph Hanley, Austin Horst, Matthew Lalonde x5, Adam Elliott, Trent Thompson, Nick Berlet (Austin Horst x2, Jeff Talbot, Nick Berlet x3, Jacob Cornwall, Matt Jessop, Spencer Andersen, Joseph Hanley, Matthew Lalonde, Trent Thompson, Kyle Ropp, Adam Elliott, Carter Hanley x3)
Shutout:  Wyatt Whitby

WOOLWICH PEEWEE BOYS LL#2
Dec. 28
Woolwich 6, Paris 2
Goals:  Keaton Sanders x2, Luke Charter x2, Isaac Fishbein x2 (Dylan Arndt, Isaac Fishbein, Jake Bruder, Matt Greene)
Jan. 2
Woolwich 2, St. George 2
Goals:  Dylan Arndt, Isaac Fishbein (Luke Charter, Taylor Kuchma)

WOOLWICH RUSSELL PEEWEE AE BOYS
Dec. 23
Wellington 6, Woolwich 0
Jan. 3
Wellington 2, Woolwich 1
Goal: Connor Peirson (Nathan Schwarz)

WOOLWICH MINOR PEEWEE BOYS
Dec. 23
Hespeler 4, Woolwich 2
Goals: Liam Dickson x2 (Jayden Hipel, Tyler Moser x2)
Jan. 2
Woolwich 6, Guelph 0
Goals: Connor Bauman x2, Jaden Hipel, Connor Goss, Liam Dickson, Kelby Martin (Danyal Rennie x2, Blake Doerbecker, Brant McLaughlin, Connor Runstedler, Mathieu Fife x2, Connor Bauman, Jayden Hipel, Kelby Martin)
Shutout: Evan Courtis
Jan. 3
Burlington 4, Woolwich 1
Goal: Mathieu Fife (Jayden Hipel)

WOOLWICH MAJOR PEEWEE A BOYS
Brampton Silver Stick tournament
Dec. 27 – Game 1
Woolwich 1, Whitby 0
Goal: Evan Martin (Cole Conlin, Nicholas Pavanel)
Shutout: Jayden Weber
Game 2
Woolwich 2, Aurora 1
Goals: Alex Uttley x2 (Adam Jokic x2, Nathan Schlupp)
Game 3
Woolwich 4, London 0
Goals: Matthew Leger x2, Jason Gamble x2 (Harrison Clifford, Grant Kernick, Adam Jokic, Alex Uttley x2)
Shutout: Carson Kyte
Dec. 28 – Semi-final
Erindale 4, Woolwich 2
Goals: Matthew Leger, Alex Uttley (Harrison Clifford, Grant Kernick)
Jan. 2
Woolwich 5, Guelph 0
Goals: Jason Gamble, Matthew Leger x2, Harrison Clifford, Cole Lenaers (Alex Uttley, Harrison Clifford, Cole Lenaers, Evan Martin, Matthew Leger, Bailey Nickel x2 and Grant Kernick x3)
Shutout: Carson Kyte

WOOLWICH BANTAM B GIRLS
Jan. 2
Woolwich 2, Wilmot 0
Goals: Melanie Schwartzentruber x2 (Jennifer Norris x2, Corey Hinsperger, Rebecca Luis)
Shutout:  Elizabeth Vanderstam
Jan. 3
Sarnia 3, Woolwich 2
Goals: Lindsey Bauman x2 (Emily Chapman, Sara Church)
WOOLWICH BANTAM BOYS LL#1
Jan. 2
Tavistock 12, Woolwich 5
Goals: Marty Metzger, Bradley Thomas, Lucas Nosal, Nigel Baldin, Jordan Aivalitiotis (Brett Kaiser x3, Cole Burkhart, Nigel Baldin, Duncan MacDonald, Jordan Aivalitiotis, Marty Metzger)

WOOLWICH MINOR BANTAM A BOYS
Dec. 23
Burlington 5, Woolwich 1
Goal: Bo Uridil (Alex White, Timmy Shuh)
Jan. 2
Caledon 4, Woolwich 3
Goals: Timothy Shuh, Owen Griffiths, Jasper Bender (Bo Uridil, Austin Mole, Brady Erb, Matthew Lair, Tristen White, Timothy Shuh)
Jan. 3
Hespeler 3, Woolwich 2
Goals: Johnny Clifford, Owen Griffiths (Alex White, Brady Erb)

TWIN CENTRE MIDGET GIRLS LL
Jason Cripps tournament, Kitchener
Dec. 27 – Game 1
Twin Centre 6, Stratford 0
Goals: Janessa Heywood, Becky Cornwall, Katie Uberig, Sarah Miltenburg, Callie Churchill (Hannah Snider, Shannon Lorentz)
Shutout: Amanda Runstedler
Dec. 28 – Game 2
Twin Centre 3, Kitchener 0
Goals: Katie Uberig, Kaitlyn Jantzi, Cassie Hergott (Hannah Snider, Jayme Marshall, Katie Uberig)
Shutout: Amanda Runstedler
Game 3
Twin Centre 4, Waterloo #1 2
Goals: Carling Cisecki, Katie Uberig (Jayme Marshall x2)
Dec. 29 – Game 4
Twin Centre 1, Woolwich 0
Goal: Katie Uberig (Alanna Harte)
Shutout: Amanda Runstedler
Dec. 30 – Semi-final
Twin Centre 4, Waterloo #2 0
Goals: Jayme Marshall x2, Hannah Snider, Jenna Dietrich (Janessa Heywood, Cassie Hergott, Jenna Dietrich, Ally Guenther, Hannah Snider, Carling Cisecki)
Shutout: Amanda Runstedler
Championship
Twin Centre 2, Kitchener 1
Goals: Katie Uberig, Jenna Dietrich (Callie Churchill, Alanna Harte, Cassie Hergott, Jayme Marshall)
Jan. 5
Twin Centre 0, Waterloo 0
Shutout: Amanda Runstedler

WOOLWICH MINOR MIDGET A BOYS
Hespeler Olympics
Dec. 27 – Game 1
Woolwich 2, Hespeler 1
Goals: Ryan Ament, Jordan Moore (Jake Kernick, Clinton Dechert)
Player of the game: Simon Baleshta
Dec. 28 – Game 2
Woolwich 7, Cedar Hill 0
Goals: Jordan Moore x3, Ryan Ament x3, Alex David (Justin Neeb, Alex David,, Brayden Stevens, Nathan Playford)
Shutout: Tyler MacGregor
Player of the Game: Ryan Ament
Dec. 29 – Game 3
Lincoln 4, Woolwich 2
Goals: Alex David, Jordan Moore
Player of the Game: Alex David
Semi-final
Woolwich 4, Hamilton 2
Goals: Dalton Taylor x2, Stephen Kardasz, Jordan Moore (Stephen Kardasz, Justin Schlupp, Dalton Taylor, Brayden Stevens, Ryan Ament)
Player of the Game: Dalton Taylor
Dec. 30 – Championship game
Woolwich 2, Lincoln 1
Goals: Jake Kernick, Jordan Moore (Alex David, Jordan Moore)
Player of the Game: Blake Ziegler
Jan. 2
Woolwich 5, Owen Sound 3
Goals: Justin Neeb, Ryan Ament, Brayden Stevens, Jordan Moore, Clinton Dechert (Logan White, Jordan Moore, Jake Kernick, Stephen Kardasz, Justin Neeb, Ryan Ament)
Jan. 3
Woolwich 5, Owen Sound 1
Goals: Justin Neeb, Nathan Playford x2, Ryan Ament, Alex David (Jordan Moore, Alex David, Ryan Ament x2, Logan White x3, Adam Brubacher x2)

WOOLWICH MAJOR MIDGET A BOYS
Brampton Silver Stick tournament
Dec. 28 – Game 1
Whitby 2, Woolwich 1
Goal: Andrew Moore (Taylor Doering)
Dec. 29 – Game 2
Woolwich 3, Ajax 3
Goals:  Justin Van Elswyk, Kyle Uttley, Ryan Bauman (RJ Good, Justin Van Elswyk)
Jan. 2
Woolwich 5, Oakville  4
Goals:  Alex Albrecht, RJ Good, Justin Van Elswyk x2, Ted Sebben (Jake Radcliffe, Matt Dumart, Josh Wade x2, Ted Sebben, Kyle Uttley, Taylor Doering, RJ Good x2)
Jan. 3
Woolwich 5, Caledon 3
Goals: RJ Good x3, Ted Sebben x2
Assists: Jake Radcliffe x2, Jonathon Weber x2, Alex Albrecht, Ben Mitchell, Ted Sebben, RJ Good)

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