Cyclones climb out of early hole, win in shootout
MOLINE, Ill. (WKRC) - The Cincinnati Cyclones (18-10-1-0) took down the Quad City Mallards, 5-4 in a shootout, on Friday night. Forward Winston Day Chief netted a pair, while forward Alex Kile and defenseman Anthony Florentino each netted a goal in regulation, and forward Justin Danforth scored the only goal in the shootout for the Cyclones.
The Mallards struck early and often in this one, getting three goals in the opening 4:02 from forwards Tristian Grant and Brayden Low, along with defenseman Kenney Morrison to give Quad City a 3-0 lead, and chase goaltender Jonas Johansson from the game.
Cincinnati chipped away at the deficit and pulled to within a pair later in the period, when Day Chief crashed the net and jammed in the puck following a pass from Daniel Muzito-Bagenda to cut Quad City’s lead to 3-1 after the first.
Cincinnati pulled to within a goal just 2:59 into the middle frame, when Day Chief came down the right wing and sniped a shot from a sharp angle in past Quad City goaltender Matt O’Connor to cut the Cyclones deficit to 3-2.
That 3-2 score held up throughout the remainder of the second, and in the third, Cincinnati completed their first comeback 2:58 in when a shot from Florentino deflected off the crossbar and in to tie the game, 3-3.
Quad City regained their lead roughly four minutes later when defenseman Jake Bolton found the back of net and gave the Mallards a 4-3 edge.
The Cyclones were not deterred, and with a late period power play tied the game when Kile launched a one-timer from the right point off a pass from Day Chief in past O’Connor to tie the game back up, 4-4.
The 4-4 held up throughout the remainder of the third, thus forcing overtime, and after a scoreless extra session the game was sent into a shootout.
In the skills competition, Danforth netted the only goal while goaltender Jason Kasdorf stopped all three shots he faced to lift Cincinnati to a 5-4 shootout win. The Cyclones were outshot, 33-30, with Kasdorf and Johansson combining to stop 29 in the win.
The Cyclones head to Indianapolis on Saturday night for their final road game of the 2017 calendar year. Face-off is scheduled for 7:35pm ET.
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