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Cyclones top Wheeling in a shootout, 3-2

WHEELING, W.V. (WKRC) -- Former Nailer Paul Crowder earned the game-winning goal in round five of the shootout to lift the Cincinnati Cyclones (12-7-0-0) past the Wheeling Nailers (11-5-0-3) by a 3-2 final score in front of 1,481 at WesBanco Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Cincinnati didnt waste much time getting on the board as Barry Almeida tipped home a Josh Birkholz shot on the power play to earn his ninth goal of the season and give the Cyclones a 1-0 lead. And thanks to a five-save opening stanza from Michael Houser (W, 30 saves, 4-4-0), the visiting team carried the edge at the first intermission.

The Cyclones added to their cushion just 91 seconds into the middle period when Jonathan Hazen worked his way to the slot and lifted in his second goal of the season past Mike Condon (SOL, 30 saves, 8-3-0-2), making it 2-0. Cincinnati outshot the Nailers 20-12 through 40 minutes and had a two-goal edge.

The Nailers wouldnt go quietly, though, as they used some leftover power play time from the second period to get on the board; After a big rebound laid in the goal crease, Tyler Fernandez stuffed in his second of the season at 4:22 to pull his team to within one. Moments later, Paul Cianfrini sent a point blast past Houser and through a screen to even things at two goals apiece. The teams continued trading chances late in the game, but neither could light the lamp and overtime proved necessary.

After five additional minutes of scoreless hockey, the contest came down to a shootout. After Logan Shaw and Mike Ratchuk traded goals in round three, the goaltenders made stops in round four to bring the game down to the wire. After Paul Crowder lit the lamp in his final round offering, Houser robbed Max MacKay with a glove save to seal a 3-2 win for Cincinnati. With the triumph, the Cyclones improved to 6-0 in games that go beyond 60 minutes.

Image and information courtesy of the Cincinnati Cyclones




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