Cyclones Win Longest Game in Club History in Double OT, 3-2
April 27, 2013 | View Comments
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Rookie Trevor Lewis buried his first professional playoff game-winning goal at 12:29 of the second overtime to lift the Cincinnati Cyclones (7-4 playoffs) to a exhilarating 3-2 win over the Gwinnett Gladiators (6-3 playoffs) in front of 2,246 at U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday night. With 92 minutes and 29 seconds played before the winner, it was the longest game in Cyclones club history. The victory game Cincinnati a 3-2 series lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup.
For the second night in a row, Gwinnett got on the scoreboard first; Joey Haddad skated across the blue line and found room between the circles to fire a wrist shot by the glove of Cincinnati goaltender Michael Houser (W, 18 saves, 7-4) with just 2:36 expired in the opening frame. Garrett Wilson tied the game at the 14:16 mark by tucking a wraparound shot by the leg of Louis Domingue (L, 45 saves, 6-3). Despite trailing for much of the period, the Cyclones were in control of the action from the outset, outshooting the Gladiators 16-2. The teams remained deadlocked at 1-1 after the first 20 minutes of play.
The Cyclones took the lead 13:14 into the middle stanza on a power play, after Gwinnett defenseman Scott Arnold was whistled for hooking. Mike Pelech sent a pass from below the goal line to Wilson who tapped the puck by the stick side of Domingue for his second tally of the night. The Gladiators were able to knot the score at 2-2 in the second when Evan Bloodoff tapped a rebound in during a scrum in front of the net. The score remained even as the teams left the ice for the second intermission.
The third period was a defensive stalemate, as the Cyclones and Gladiators combined for just eight shots on net. With the score still tied at the end of regulation, the teams went to overtime for the first time in the series.
In the first extra session, the Cyclones were dominate – outshooting the Gladiators 11-3, but still couldn’t fool Domingue to end the game. So, for the third time in the Cyclones postseason run, double overtime was necessary to decide the contest. As the tilt ran past 88:15, it officially became the longest game in team history. And at 12:29, David Pacan fed Trevor Lewis at the top of the crease and slid home his first pro game-winner to seal a 3-2 victory for Cincinnati. The Cyclones also set a 2013 playoff high with 48 shots on net.
The Cyclones Radio Network Stars of the Game are as follows:
First Star: Trevor Lewis (Game-winning goal for Cincinnati)
Second Star: Garrett Wilson (2 goals for Cincinnati)
Third Star: Louis Domingue (45 saves for Gwinnett, losing goaltender)
The teams will resume their best-of-seven series at U.S. Bank Arena on Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30pm for Game 6, featuring $2 24-ounce Labatt Blue and Molson beers!! Call 513.421.PUCK or visit CyclonesHockey.com to reserve your seats! On-air coverage of the action can be heard on the Cyclones Radio Network (FM 100 The FAN, America One, CyclonesHockey.com) starting at 7:15pm. Fans can also get the latest team updates throughout the season on Facebook and Twitter (@CincyCyclones).
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