Overtime heroics give Cyclones second straight win
WHEELING, W.Va. (WKRC) - The Cincinnati Cyclones (3-2-1-0) earned a 4-3 overtime win over the Wheeling Nailers on Friday night. Forwards Rob De Fulviis, Brandon McNally, and Winston Day Chief potted the goals in regulation for the Cyclones, while forward Jesse Schultz netted the winner in overtime.
The Cyclones drew first blood just 4:58 into the opening period, when forward Andrew Radjenovic sent a pass to De Fulviis who snapped a shot past Nailers goaltender Sean Maguire to put Cincinnati ahead, 1-0.
Wheeling tied the game, 1-1 at the 9:25 mark, when former Cyclone Kenny Ryan lit the lamp for the second time this season against his former team.
Cincinnati regained the lead a short time later while on the power play, when defenseman Eric Knodel sent a pass to McNally who hammered a one-timer that beat Maguire. With the Cyclones ahead, 2-1, the Nailers made a goaltending switch, bringing in Will King.
The Cyclones took their 2-1 lead into the locker room after the first, and in the second Wheeling responded with a power play marker of their own from Derek Army, pulling back even with the Cyclones, 2-2, through 40 minutes.
It only took 5:39 of the third period for Cincinnati to regain their advantage, as a shot from the left side from Radjenovic was tipped in by Day Chief who was stationed out in front to give the Cyclones a 3-2 edge.
The teams traded quality scoring chances throughout the rest of the third period, and with less than three minutes remaining, Wheeling forward Reid Gardiner netted a power play marker to pull the Nailers level with the Cyclones, 3-3, and force overtime.
The ‘Clones only needed 1:57 of extra time to secure the winner, as forward Justin Danforth was sprung on a 2-on-1 rush and sent a pass to Schultz who wristed the winner past King on the back door, giving the Cyclones the 4-3 overtime victory.
The Cyclones were outshot, 27-26 on the evening, with Cincinnati goaltender Jason Kasdorf stopping 24 on his way to his first win as a Cyclone. Cincinnati returns home on Saturday night to welcome in the Adirondack Thunder. Face-off is scheduled for 7:35pm ET.
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