Barracudas biting for Cherry glory

Many
people like the role of the under-dog in sports. Those persons would love game
three of the best-of-three Cherry Cup final on Tuesday, 1 June.

The
CDMS Islanders and the Barracudas are set to battle for national hockey
dominance on the WestTel arena of Kings Sports Centre at 9pm. Months ago local
hockey enthusiasts would have been hard-pressed to pick either team as a Cherry
Cup finalist.

However
both sides managed epic playoff upsets and have produced a great under-dog
championship. The Barracudas claimed game one 9-2 while CDMS nabbed game two
10-4.

Team
captain and top scorer Reilly Novak spoke about the Cherry Cup series so far,
in particular game two.

“After
coming off a 9-2 one-sided win on Sunday morning I think our team came out flat
and both teams played a bit timid in the first 10 minutes of game two,” Novak
said. “We were all being nervous, trying not to make any mistakes. They got a few
bounces and managed to gain momentum and get quite a lead on us that we were
never able to recover from. I felt our team had a good push in the second half,
but it was too little too late.”

Novak
has been a constant positive on the team with his four goals and three assists
in the series. Equally effective has been line-mate Eric Lacasse with two goals
and three assists. Yet as Novak states the team will need more than scoring to
win.

“Game
three is going to be a fight to the death,” Novak said. “Both teams have a lot
of guys with heart that are going to lay it all on the line to make sure
they’re hoisting that cup at the end of it. For me, this will be the last time
I get a crack at it as I’m moving off island at the end of the season. I’ve
been one win away a couple times now, I’m hoping third time’s a charm. In a championship
game everybody needs to be firing on all cylinders from the goalie out.

“I’m
expecting a big game from our goalie Jeremy Olynik. Jeff Danter, Jason Windsor
and Eric Lacasse on defence should all be ones to watch. All of our forwards,
including me, need to be better and we will be. I think an underlying story to
this championship is the battle of the next generation in Cayman hockey with
Brad Galbraith (our youngest player at age 17) and Jean-Louis Beaudet (the youngest
player for CDMS at age 15). The way these guys can play is evidence that they
are going to be some of the league superstars in years to come.”

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