Cyclones drop tournament opener 9-8 to Quebec's Valleyfield Elites.
Ace Ben McCarthy had an uncharacteristically shaky start and the jet-lagged Cyclones were not sharp behind him as they gave up 5 in the top of the 1st. The Cycs rallied to score 3 in the bottom of the first when Brett Honeysett singled to score Derek Fong and Allen Velten. McCarthy shut the door after that. Whalley's Wes Bauer came on to relieve in the fifth but surrendered a double after walking the bases loaded and eventually allowed 4. The Cyclones responded with 4 of their own with Allen Velten and Andrew Walton collecting RBIs. Down by 2 in the bottom of the seventh, McCarthy and Fong banged out back to back doubles to get within one, but stranded the tying run at second.
Manager Bruce Michael said, "I dont think it was jet lag - we weren't tired, we were a bit overexcited playing the opening game of the tournament. And except for the first inning we outscored them. I am confident that we will calm down and have a better game tomorrow when we play Thunder Bay."