Listowel hosts Game 4 tonight

Caledonia battles back to cut Elmira lead

Game 4 of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League's Sutherland Cup semi-final series between London and Listowel will be played tonight (Wednesday) at Western Fair in London.

The Nationals lead the Listowel Cyclones 2-1 after a 4-1 Game 3 win Monday night in Listowel. Brandon Glover scored twice for London, while Cameron Zanussi made 27 saves in the London goal

Listowel, the Midwestern Conference champions, dropped Game 1 to the Nationals Friday night in overtime at home. The series opener was tied 2-2 after two periods, before Adam Sinclair scored his second goal of the game to give London a 3-2 lead. However, Kincardine native Danny Skinner scored four minutes later to even the score. It remained tied until Glover scored in overtime to give the Western Conference champions a 4-3 lead.

The Cyclones bounced back with a 3-0 shutout win Saturday night in London. Ben VanOoteghem scored the game's first goal midway through the second period. Palmerston native Chayse Herrfort gave the Cyclones a bit of breathing room early in the third period, and former Western Junior C League 50-goal scorer Jamie Huber salted away the win when he scored into an empty net with 1:14 to go.

Game 5 is Friday night in Listowel. If needed, a sixth game would be Saturday night in London and Game 7 would be Monday in Listowel.

Meanwhile, in the other Sutherland Cup semi-final, the Elmira Sugar Kings hold a 2-1 series lead on the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs. This marks the first time in three seasons that the Corvairs, best of the Golden Horseshoe Conference, have trailed in any postseason series. They are the three-time defending champions. Elmira, meanwhile, lost in the Cherrey Cup final to Listowel but earned the wildcard berth as the fourth team in the Sutherland Cup.

Sunday night, Quinten Bruce scored a power play goal with six minutes remaining to give Elmira a 1-0 win in Game 2 of the series. It also gave the Sugar Kings a 2-0 series lead, as they took the series opener 2-1 on the road Thursday. In that one, Jamey Lauzon gave Caledonia a 1-0 lead in the second period, but Elmira tied the game 17 seconds into the third period. Kincardine's Ethan Skinner set up Klayton Hoelscher to make it 1-1. With less than six minutes remaining, Jacob Black scored the game winning goal for the Sugar Kings.

Game 3 last night in Caledonia saw the Corvairs get back in the series. Caledonia scored once in each period and goaltender Dan Chennard posted a 19-save shutout. Game 4 will be played tonight (Wednesday) at Dan Snyder Memorial Arena in Elmira. Game 5 will be played Friday night in Caledonia.

- Josh Howald