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HUGE win in Toledo...closing in on #1
February 25, 2013 | View Comments
What a wild finish to perhaps the biggest game of the season for the Cyclones to date! After a very questionable penalty call gave Toledo the game-tying goal, the Clones were able to pick up the winner just 90 seconds into the extra session.
As we've come to expect, these teams find their success on defense, and we saw a perfect demonstration of that on Sunday.
Late in the first period, a flurry at the net gave Trevor Lewis a chance to bury a rebound and he did - giving the Clones a 1-0 lead.
We didn't know it then, but that would be all the offense we'd see until the final half-minute of regulation. Both Michael Houser and Jordan Pearce were spectacular, keepings things status quo.
It was a hip check at center ice by David Pacan that turned the tables. In a one-goal game, the referee decided his hit warrnated a two minute interference penalty with just over one minute to play in the game and gave Toledo a 6-on-4 power play (with the empty net).
After a shot from the point redirected wide of the net, Kyle Rogers apparently kicked the puck into the net - but the goal would count after a brief conference by the officiating staff and the game was tied with 20 seconds to play.
As the game went into overtime, the momentum had clearly swung back to the home team. However, the Clones weren't fazed as they rushed down the ice and put immediate pressure on the Toledo defense. And 90 seconds into the extra session, Charles-Olivier Roussel picked up a turnover and the game-winning goal - his first as a pro - to give Cincy a thrilling 2-1 win!
With the six point weekend, the Clones climbed to within two points of Reading for the top seed in the East and extended their lead over Toledo to seven points.
Couldn't have asked for a better weekend!