Cayman’s most prestigious hockey championship will go to a third and decisive game next week.
The 2011 Cherry Cup finals will conclude this Sunday 29 May at the Logic arena of Kings Sports Centre. The High Rollers claimed game two of the finals 6-4 on Tuesday night to level the series with ITS Cayman at one game apiece.
Leading the way for the High Rollers on the stats sheet were Eric Mildenberger and top scorer Dan Etherington. Both had a number of goals on the night while notching a handful of assists and points.
Darryl Hather also stepped up for the squad, sacrificing his body on defence while providing pressure on offence. All in all it was strong showing for the top team in the 2011 Logic Adult Roller Hockey League.
Etherington, who had 44 points off 34 goals in the regular season, was modest in his assessment of his play.
“I don’t rate myself, I’m not that type of person,” Etherington said. “As far as I’m concerned I suck. This is still a game I play for fun. Andrew Finlason deserves the credit. He played with us last season and he’s a good goalie. He’s confident, he has a different style and he has proved to be very good in net.”
High Rollers captain Tim Courtis agreed that Finlason is a big part of the team’s success.
“Dan Etherington and Chris Creighton are our high-scoring line,” Courtis said. “They’re potent together and they’ve proved to be a great combination. However Andrew has stepped up for us. He gets big saves for us when we need it. He had a good game on Tuesday.”
ITS, who won game one via a 6-5 overtime score, are reeling. Team captain and leading scorer Mark Missal sat out Tuesday with a hamstring injury and is doubtful for this Sunday. The offence looked sluggish as game one hero Joe Jewitt did not get many shots on net.
Chris Moser, who deserves props for scoring a pair of goals, states that ITS goalie Randy Cannon played solid in spite of the loss.
“We started out strong though we didn’t take the lead,” Moser said. “We let it get away from us in the second half. But we fought back and our goalie Randy kept us in the game. He played a heck of a game.”