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Evansville outlasts Cincinnati in marathon shootout, 5-4
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Former Cyclone Antoine Corbin scored the game-winning goal in the 14th round of the shootout as the Evansville IceMen (26-19-3-7) edged past the Cyclones (32-20-1-3) by a 5-4 final score in front of 2,339 at U.S. Bank Arena on Wednesday night. Teammate Matt Lowry turned in a three-point performance as the IceMen escaped with their second victory over the Cyclones in less than a week. Goaltender Mike Clemente (W, 36 saves, 16-11-0-4) was strong in net throughout regulation and the shootout, turning aside 36 of the 40 shots he faced in the tilt and 11 of 14 shootout attempts. Anthony Luciani converted twice on the power play as the Cyclones earned one point in the Eastern Conference standings with the loss.
The Cyclones were quick out of the gates, securing a two-goal lead over their North Division rival within eight minutes of the opening puck drop. When some of his teammates set up a screen in front of Clemente, defenseman Taylor Aronson went top-shelf and recorded his fourth of the season at 2:58. Minutes later, Paul Crowder scooped up a rebound, spun, and whipped it into the net for his 14th of the season at 7:12. The IceMen answered quickly, however, when Kellan Tochkin poked a rebound past Joe Howe (SOL, 24 saves, 10-3-1-1) at 11:24. The Cyclones outshot their opponent 10-7 in the period and entered the first intermission with a one-goal advantage.
The IceMen erased their deficit early in the second stanza when Jeremy Langlois, Evansvilles leader in points, capitalized on a Cyclones turnover and backhanded in his 16th of the season at 1:24. Midway through the frame, the visitors took their first and final lead of the night when a slapshot by Donnie Harris gave him his first goal of the season at 12:19. After Zach Budish was called for goalie interference, Matt Lowry made the home team pay, extending Evansvilles lead to 4-2 at 16:38. Three minutes later, the Cyclones responded with a power play goal of their own when Luciani buried a rebound and drew his team within one.
Lucianis magic continued in the final frame after the net was knocked off its hinges and Clemente was called for interference. Shortly thereafter, Cincinnatis leader in goals and points evened the score with his second power play goal of the night, a backhanded shot he unleashed from the top of the circle at 10:57. Despite a couple close calls, the remainder of the period was scoreless and the tilt headed into overtime.
After a scoreless bonus session, Cincinnati and Evansville headed to a shootout for their third consecutive meeting. After goals by Crowder, Budish, and Trevor Lewis, the wild shootout continued into the 14th round when Corbin beat Howe, securing the win for the IceMen.
I think that was the longest [shootout] Ive ever been involved in, said team captain David MacDonald. I thought that we played well enough to win, but you have to tip your hat to those guys. Theyre a good team and they got the two points."
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