Islanders look to taste Cherry Cup

The
tropical weather in Cayman may make hosting ice hockey a fantasy. But a select
group of residents are looking to turn their roller hockey dreams into reality.

Tuesday
1 June sees the last match of the 2010 WestTel Adult Roller Hockey League. The
WestTel arena of Kings Sports Centre sees game three of the best-of-three
Cherry Cup final between the Barracudas and the Cayman Destination Management
Services Islanders at 9pm.

Neither
club has claimed a roller hockey championship and head into tonight levelled at
one game apiece. With a title on the line in Cayman’s national hockey league,
both sides are well aware of the stakes; especially the Islanders. After years
of futility the side broke through this year. After beating perennial powers
the Budget Beavers via a shoot-out in the first round, CDMS won game two of the
Cherry Cup 10-4 last Tuesday to force a third and decisive game. As team
captain Patrick Bourque states game two was about determination.

“Our
team responded very well to game one from top to bottom, no exceptions,”
Bourque said. “We made a few line-up adjustments which gave us a boost on
offense and everyone really put forth a great effort to tie up the series. As
for me, I just did my best to play solid defense and stay out of the penalty
box.”

The
side was quick to dispel a lacklustre game one showing that saw the Barracudas
bite hard for a 9-2 victory. Reilly Novak (two goals, two assists) and Chris
Anton (two goals) did much of the damage. However CDMS responded with five
goals and an assist from Pete Holowchuk and a goal and two assists from Ben
Rivard. In spite of those offensive numbers Bourque feels the real key to
Tuesday’s game is ageless goal-tender Nigel Windsor.

“I’m
excited. Everyone on our team knows their role now and we really moved the puck
much better in game two,” Bourque said. “We also had yet another great game
from our goalie Nigel, whose play is really giving us some confidence. The
momentum is now in our favour and we are going to try and keep that going.
Everyone needs to step up for us to win.”

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