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Cyclones net double OT goal to win 3-2 over Ft. Wayne
FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WKRC) -- Josh Shalla bounced a loose puck over the head of Ben Meisner at 11:25 of the second overtime to give the Cyclones (6-3) a 3-2 victory over the Fort Wayne Komets (5-3) in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. With the contest ending after 91:25 of play, it went down as the longest game in club history.
Both teams had some solid chances to open the scoring in the first period, however, Rob Madore (W, 49 saves, 6-3) and Ben Meisner (OTL, 33 saves, 5-3) remained solid between the pipes to keep the game scoreless after 20 minutes.
The Cyclones finally ended the stalemate by rattling off a pair of goals in less than a minute. Josh Shalla netted his third of the postseason with a high wrist shot from the left circle at 13:38. Then, just 32 seconds later, Zach Budish knocked down a loose puck and buried a wraparound lamplighter to extend Cincinnatis edge to a pair at the end of two periods. The Cyclons outshot the Komets 15-7 in the middle stanza.
Fort Wayne roared to life early in the third period when Shawn Syzdlowski slammed in a rebound during a power play, cutting the Cincinnati lead to 2-1. Then at 7:52, Mike Embach redirected a point shot from Matt Maione past Madore to even the scoring and force the contest into overtime.
In the first extra-session, both teams battled evenly with neither being able to find a winner. After extending beyond the midway point of the fifth period, the game officially became the longest in club history passing Game 1 of last years Eastern Conference Finals. And after the Komets were whistled for a delay of game penalty, the Cyclones wasted little time in finding the net; a jam play forced the puck onto Shallas stick who lifted it over the glove of Meisner and in for his second lamplighter of the tilt. It was also his second game winner of the 2014 playoffs.
After a day off tomorrow, the teams will resume this best-of-seven series on Saturday night in Game 4 at Memorial Coliseum. Fans can hear the action of the game on the Cyclones Radio Network beginning at 7:00pm with the opening face-off to follow at 7:30pm.
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