Nationals end Cyclones’ reign

The final minutes of Game 6 in the Sutherland Cup semifinal felt like an eternity to Pat Powers and the London Nationals.

Hanging on to a one-goal lead Friday night in Listowel, the Nationals killed off three straight penalties – including a prolonged five-on-three – and Zachary Springer stopped Chayse Herrfort on a penalty shot with 9:29 left.

Riley MacRae’s empty-net goal with one second remaining sealed a 3-1 London win over the Cyclones and sent the Nats to their third Sutherland Cup final in four seasons.

“It was incredibly stressful,” Powers said, “but the guys on the bench did a great job of staying calm and in the moment and focused on whatever they needed to do, and it made the victory more satisfying.”

London’s depth was once again the difference, as the Nationals outshot Listowel 37-22 despite being shorthanded eight times. Powers’ plan was to focus on Listowel’s top line of Herrfort, Holdyn Lansink and Brayden Krieger and let the Nationals’ other nine…

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