Minor Midget Cyclones Continue Strong Play

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Ryan Gagner has been one of Chatham-Kent’s top playoff performers – Photo by CKSN.ca

By Matt Pepper

The Chatham-Kent Cyclones finished the Alliance regular season with some strong play and continue to play a good team game during the post season.

On February 1st, the Kitchener Jr. Rangers were the visiting squad for an exciting 4-4 game. Both teams showed good team efforts offensively, defensively, and had some timely goal tending.

Ryan Gagner continues to impress for the Cyclones. The gritty two-way forward was exceptional in this game on the scoresheet with a goal and had a strong defensive effort. Jacob Julien also helped provide some offense with a well placed, top shelf goal. Maddox Nazwaski kept Chatham-Kent in this game late with some timely saves.

The Cyclones went on to win this series 4-2 and started a series this weekend against the Brandtford 99ers.

Here are the standouts from the February 1st game:

#10 Ryan Gagner, F, Chatham-Kent Cyclones – 200 foot player that grinds all game. Caused turnovers all game, including one that saw him pot a goal. Great active stick that changed possession many times in this one.

#13 Jacob Julien, F, Chatham-Kent Cyclones – Speedster who creates a lot of opportunities with his skating. Scored a top shelf goal in this game, converting a cross crease pass. Protects the puck well at high speeds.

#92 Maddox Nazwaski, G, Chatham-Kent Cyclones – Nazwaski was excellent, particularly late in this one when the push from Kitchener was on. Little unorthodox, but is excellent with desperation saves down low. Posseses a good glove hand.

#22 Kian Harron, D, Kitchener Jr. Rangers – Two – way defenseman with speed. Had one assist in this game. Involved all game at both ends of the rink. Created some havoc with rushing the puck as he is incredibly skilled moving it. Good first pass and can find teammates in open seams. Excellent in his own end with a good active stick and pluggin up lanes.

#11 Tate Brenner, F, Kitchener Jr. Rangers – Forward with both skill and some jam. Scored two goals in this game, including a highlight reel goal, going forhand – to – backhand, freezing the goaltender. Looks for open seams and uses his strength to create space.

#66 JD Shoniker, F, Kitcher Jr. Rangers – Scored the opening goal by going to the net. Grinded all game and went to the net whenever available. Was good on the defensive assignments in this game and covered up passing lanes.

For game highlights, please see below:

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