Listowel wins Cherrey Cup

But both Skinners get to play for Sutherland Cup

By Josh Howald

Well only one could win the Cherrey Cup this season, Kincardine brothers Ethan and Danny Skinner will both play for a Sutherland Cup championship.

Danny's Listowel Cyclones defeated Ethan's Elmira SugarKings 3-0 in Game 6 of the Cherrey Cup finals Sunday night in Elmira to win the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League's Midwestern Conference championship.

However, there are three conferences in the GOJHL and four slots in the Sutherland Cup. Elmira tied Golden Horseshoe Conference finalist St. Catharines with a .500 winning percentage over the last two rounds, but earned the wild card spot with a goal differential of +1. The Falcons were even. Normally, Elmira would then face the top Sutherland Cup seed - which is Listowel - but the wild card team can't play a team from its own conference in a semi-final, so instead the SugarKings draw the three-time defending champion Caledonia Corvairs.

That series will open in Caledonia tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. Game 2 will be in Elmira Sunday at 7 p.m., with Game 3 on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Haldimand Centre, Caldonia. Game 4 is in Elmira Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.

Listowel, who claimed their first Cherrey Cup championship since 2005, will face the London Nationals in the other semi-final series. The Cyclones will have home ice advantage on London, the Western Conference champions. The Nats beat Leamington in five games to qualify for the Sutherland Cup semi-finals. That series begins Friday night in Listowel at 7:30 p.m. Game 2 is Saturday night at Western Fair arena in London and Game 3 is back in Lisotwel Monday night. Game 4 is Wednesday night at Western Fair.

Holdyn Lansink, son of former Kincardine Bulldogs captain Mark Van Dooren, had two goals and an assist in the 3-0 win in Game 6 over the SugarKings. Both of his goals came in the third period.

Listowel was able to keep Ethan Skinner off the scoreboard. Ethan, a former Sutherland Cup champion himself, leads Elmira in playoff scoring with 10 goals and 14 helpers for 24 points in 16 games.

Elmira took the first two games of this series, but Listowel bounced back with four straight wins to win the Cherrey Cup. Each game was decided by two goals or less, excluding Game 6.