RECAP: CYCLONES VICTORIOUS IN WILD SHOOTOUT AFFAIR
Defense Turns Offensive in Third Consecutive Win
Moline, IL- The Cincinnati Cyclones (5-5-0-0) collected a 3-2 shootout win over the Quad City Mallards on Sunday afternoon. Defensemen Eric Knodel and Arvin Atwal tallied the goals for the Cyclones, who have won three in a row.
Cincinnati jumped out in front 6:57 into the first period when Knodel took a pass from forward Shawn O’Donnell and he launched a heavy slapshot from just inside the blue line past Quad City goaltender Adam Vay to give the Cyclones a 1-0 lead.
That 1-0 lead held up throughout the remainder of the opening period, and in the second the Mallards pulled even with a Justin Kovacs tally, 2:14 into the period.
The Cyclones seized the lead back moments later, when Atwal took possession of the puck at the right point and threw a shot that snuck past Vay, who was tangled up with Cincinnati’s Jordan Sims, after Sims was pushed into the Mallard netminder. After a brief review the goal was confirmed, and the Cyclones took a 2-1 lead.
The physicality picked up as the second period progressed, with Cincinnati receiving a five-minute major power play after forward Nick Huard was hit from behind by Quad City forward Brady Brassart.
The Mallards were able to kill off the major, and moments later Quad City defenseman Alex Gudbranson and Cyclones forward Rob De Fulviis dropped the gloves and were each assessed five minutes for fighting.
The score remained 2-1 in favor of Cincinnati after 40 minutes and in the third, cooler heads started to prevail and the Cyclones received a number of quality scoring chances all throughout the period. Quad City ultimately pulled even in the third when forward Alex Petan scored on the power play to bring the score to 2-2, forcing overtime.
After a scoreless extra session, the two sides headed to a shootout, and in the skills completion Huard and forward Peter LeBlanc lit the lamp to send the Cyclones to a 3-2 shootout win.
The Cyclones were outshot, 27-26 on the night, with goaltender Mark Visentin stopping 25 in regulation and three-of-four in the shootout.
Cincinnati returns home on Wednesday night to take on the Reading Royals. Face-off is scheduled for 7:35pm ET.
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