Both Jake Weidner and Brady Campbell were all over the ice for Elmira, as Weidner tallied one goal and three assists in the win and Campbell netted two goals.
“Campbell worked very hard over the summer and he is a very good hockey player. Weidner is probably the best player at this level I have ever seen, his sense of anticipation is uncanny and they feed off one another so well that as we sit on the bench watching them sometimes our jaws just drop they are so good together,” said Dean DeSilva, head coach of the Kings, of his two star forwards.
Campbell opened the scoring potting the team’s first goal three minutes into the first period. His lead was followed by Adam Dauda, Matt Harding, and Mitch Wright to take the 4-0 lead.
The second period would see more from the Kings as they scored a minute and a half into the period, forcing the Cyclones coaching staff to switch netminders. Elmira kept both Cyclones’ tenders busy all game long, totaling 59 shots and forcing 52 saves. Daniel Dekoning made 20 stops and Drew Reinhardt made 32.
Campbell scored his second of the night during a power play, giving his squad a comfortable lead. Listowel did manage to sneak one in past Kings’ goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood, however, as the teams returned to the room with a score of 6-1.
“Our challenge to the guys tonight was going in and having a good start. This was a big game and we wanted to keep them on their heels straight of the bat and we did in the first period; we knew Listowel would keep coming and coming and they did, but the lead allowed us to work on some other things and give some other players opportunities they might not normally have,” said DeSilva. “We were able to see what guys like Dauda, Matt Schieck, Zac Coulter, Matt Harding and Rob Kohli were capable of doing.”
The third frame would see each team add one more to their tallies for a 7-2 final.
The Cyclones kept Elmira’s goalie busy throughout the game, as Blackwood made 46 saves on 48 shots.
The Kings struggled to stay out of the sin bin throughout the game, finishing the game with 30 penalty minutes for nine opposing power plays. Team captain Cass Frey and Justin Cooke were ejected from the contest. However Listowel’s power play was ineffective against Elmira’s penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.
“We had a week off and in that time we had a lot of practices that allowed us to focus on being a team. In the first period stuck to the game plan and played as a team and had great success but we got away from that a bit in the second and third periods and had some individual plays and we still need to focus on playing as a team, we are much better when we play as 20 guys as oppose to one guy,” said DeSilva after the game.
The win moves the Kings into third place in the Mid-Western Conference.
The Kings visit the Lambton Shores Predators of the Western Conference in Forest, Ontario today (Saturday) before hosting the St. Catharines Falcons of the Golden Horseshoe Conference at the WMC Sunday, with the puck dropping at 7 p.m.