Cyclone Hockey players make impact in ACHA tourney

Luke Manderfeld

Cyclone Hockey ended its season with a 5-3 loss against No. 2 Central Oklahoma in the American Collegiate Hockey Association National Tournament. It had previously knocked off No. 7 Oklahoma.

Here’s a look at who made an impact in the two games the No. 10 Cyclones played in Stronsville, Ohio.

Antti Helanto, defenseman: Cyclone Hockey head coach Jason Fairman has had no hesitation this season when saying who the MVP of the team was — Antti Helanto. And he didn’t disappoint by grabbing three points against Central Oklahoma — a goal and an assist — adding to his already solid defensive play.

Eero Helanto, defenseman: Eero could be the MVP of the future for the Cyclones. His stick work combined with his speed made him a key weapon for the Cyclones in the tournament. He had one point, assisting his brother on Sunday.

Matt Cooper, goaltender: Widely considered the best goalie in the ACHA, Cooper made his mark on his final ACHA National Tournament, saving 42 shots against Oklahoma and 40 the next day against Central Oklahoma.

Joseph DeLuca, forward: DeLuca scored three goals the whole season entering the national tournament. He would almost match that statistic in one game. Against Oklahoma, DeLuca scored two goals — the first of the game and the last — to help his team to a 3-1 upset victory.