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Cyclones top Greenville 2-1 in Game Five of the Easter Conference Finals
GREENVILLE, South Carolina (WKRC) -- Trevor Lewis and Zach Budish each scored goals 2:10 apart to lift the Cyclones (11-6) to a 2-1 victory in Game 5 over the Greenville Road Warriors (10-7) in front of 2,168 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Sunday afternoon. The win gave Cincinnati a 3-2 series edge in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals.
Despite both teams having a pair of power plays in the opening frame, neither could find the net through 20 minutes of action. After nearly another full period of scoreless hockey, the Road Warriors finally broke the deadlock as Kyle Jean tucked a backhanded shot over the shoulder of Rob Madore (W, 29 saves, 11-6) during a power play to make it 1-0. The home team headed to the second intermission ahead by one.
Like the previous two games, the third period proved to be drama filled. After killing off an early penalty, the Cyclones were offered a power play of their own nine minutes into the final frame. Trevor Lewis, who was playing in his first game since the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, curled off the right boards and sniped home the game-tying strike at 9:42. Just 2:10 later, Zach Budish worked a puck free in the corner and flung one toward the net from below the goal line; after hitting a skate in front, the puck redirected through the legs of Jeff Malcolm (L, 31 saves, 3-3) to give Cincinnati their first lead of the game at 2-1. Like last night, the final minutes saw the Road Warriors amp up the shots on net numbers, including a few with an extra skater with less than 60 seconds to play. However, the Cyclones salted away the final seconds and clung to the one-goal victory.
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