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Cyclones drop a 2-1 decision in a shootout to Evansville
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WKRC) -- A tremendous goaltending performance was turned in by both sides, however, the Evansville IceMen (25-18-3-6) prevailed 2-1 in a shootout over the Cincinnati Cyclones (30-20-1-2) in front of 6,316 at Ford Center on Friday night. It was just the third time this year that Cincinnati had been beaten in a game that went beyond 60 minutes.
The hometown club grabbed the lead just 52 seconds into the contest when Matt Schepke was the recipient of a lucky bounce and lifted the puck over Scott Darling (SOL, 45 saves, 3-1-0-1) to make it 1-0. Despite having a pair of power plays in the opening stanza, the Cyclones entered the first intermission down by a goal.
Cincinnati answered back with a goal of its own at 7:34 of the middle frame when Josh McFadden fired a low wrist shot from right along the boards that beat Mike Clemente (W, 31 saves, 15-10-0-4), making it a 1-1 tilt. And thanks to 17 more saves from Darling in the period, the game remained deadlocked after 40 minutes.
Much like before, the game continued with a defensive flavor. Both goaltenders remained perfect including Darling, who set a season-high with 45 saves. Clemente finished regulation with 29 saves and the contest was to be decided in the extra session. As a five-minute overtime didnt garner a winner, a shootout proved necessary. After four scoreless rounds for both sides, Evansvilles Kellen Tochkin decked past Darling and narrowly slipped a puck into the net. And when Paul Crowders fifth round shot was denied, the game was sealed with the IceMen securing the extra point.
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