Scouting Report: Cyclones Finish Strong
By Matt Pepper
The Chatham-Kent Cyclones have been playing some excellent Hockey in the month of January and a January 11th showdown with the Waterloo Wolves was no exception.
Playing in their second-to-last regular season game, CK put together one of their most complete efforts together to walk away with the 5-3 victory. Shutting the door late in the game against Waterloo’s potent offense was a good team effort, combined with some excellent late game saves from Maddox Nazwaski left those in attendance in awe.
Standouts from this game are as follows:
#92 Maddox Nazwaski, G, Chatham – Kent Cyclones – Was excellent in this game, especially during some late game pushes from Waterloo. Saw the puck well in this game and had an excellent glove hand going. Great in desperation saves with the game on the line.
#13 Jacob Julien, F, Chatham – Kent Cyclones – Multi – game performance from Julien in this one. Works hard for everything he gets and broke Wolves back late in this game with a steal from the defense in the slot and buried a backhander.
#44 Ryan Richardson, F, Chatham – Kent Cyclones – Scored the highlight goal of this game while off balance and taking abuse, burying a backhander as he was hitting the ice. One of the fastest skaters on the team, Richardson is one of the first players on the forecheck due to his speed.
#66 Liam Eveleigh, D, Waterloo Wolves – One of the best puck rushing defenseman in Alliance and a special player to watch when on the ice. Tough to contain when he has the puck on his stick and in full stride. Scored a big goal in this game with a wrist shot from the top of the circle.
#68 Cedricson Okitundu, D, Waterloo Wolves – Another puck rushing defenseman with some jam. Big and accurate shot from the point. Hard to move off the puck when rushing and contains well. Can play heavy in his own end and a good outlet passer. He and Eveleigh make one of the best defense pairings in all of Alliance.
#88 Andy Reist, F, Waterloo Wolves – Big bodied forward who plays a dominant game at both ends of the rink. Excellent on the dot all game when called upon and good active stick without the puck. Good acceleration and can break gaps when rushing the puck. Good hands in tight and a dominate player with the puck.
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