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Cyclones fall in game four against Greenville, 3-2 in overtime
GREENVILLE, South Carolina (WKRC) -- Sean Berkstresser came up with the game-winner at 3:48 of the first overtime to lift the Greenville Road Warriors (10-6) to a 3-2 win over the Cyclones (10-6) in front of 3,240 on Saturday night at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The victory for Greenville evened the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.
For the first time in the series, the Cyclones were able to open the scoring as Wade Megan buried a wrist shot through the legs of Jeff Malcolm (W, 27 saves 3-2) just 1:34 into the contest. The Road Warriors spent ample time in the penalty box during the first period, setting up three Cincinnati power plays; however, none were scored upon and the visiting team carried the one-goal cushion into the first intermission.
Cincinnati appeared to have pulled ahead by two goals early into the second stanza when a shot from Byron Froese rang past Malcolms shoulder and into the top shelf of the net. However, after a long conference by the officials, they ruled that the shot ricocheted off of the crossbar and would not count after all. The Road Warriors pumped 14 middle frame shots on Rob Madore (L, 41 saves, 10-6) but remained off the scoreboard as the Cyclones remained ahead 1-0 through 40 minutes.
The Road Warriors were finally able to get on the board at 6:51 of the third period when a loose puck was buried by Josh Nicholls to knot things at one. The Cyclones answered back at 14:33 when a lob play from center ice deflected off of Froese in front of the goal crease, over Malcolms shoulder, and into the net. With a 2-1 edge, Greenville cranked out a ton of late-game shots, 18 it total during the frame, and once again was able to knot the score when Jordie Johnston caught a puck from Andrew Yogan in the high slot and sniped in a lamplighter at 18:16. With the score deadlocked through 60 minutes, the teams went to the extra session for the second consecutive game.
Overtime began with a pair of back-to-back Cincinnati penalties, first Devon Krogh for interference and then Brian Nugent for delay of game. Unfortunately, that would spell the end of things for the Game 4 bout as a rebound came free at the side of the net for Sean Berkstresser, who promptly slid home the game-winner to seal a 3-2 come-from-behind win.
The same two teams will hook up tomorrow afternoon in Game 5 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The opening face-off is set for 3:00pm with pregame coverage starting on the Cyclones Radio Network (CyclonesHockey.com, America One, Cyclones Mobile App) at 2:30pm.
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