Cyclones Topple Road Warriors, 2-1
November 9, 2012 | View Comments
GREENVILLE , South Carolina – Behind Josh Shalla’s second period goal and some tremendous penalty killing, the Cincinnati Cyclones (7-0-2-0) earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Greenville Road Warriors (8-4-1-0) in front of 2,983 at BI-LO Center on Friday night.
For the sixth time in nine games, the Cyclones drew first blood as Dan Eves caught a beautiful backhanded pass from Mike Pelech and wristed home his second goal of the year at 14:21, making it 1-0 Cincinnati. And after holding the Road Warriors to just six shots in the opening period, Cincinnati led by a tally at the first intermission.
In a penalty-filled middle frame, the Cyclones took advantage of their power play opportunities. After Scott Pitt was whistled for a hooking penalty, rookie Josh Shalla camped out in front of Greenville goalie Nathan Lieuwen (L, 29 saves, 4-3-0-0) and tipped home Josh McFadden’s point shot at 10:37 to extend Cincinnati’s cushion to 2-0 after 40 minutes.
The third period was much like the second in terms of penalties, with a combined six power plays handed out between the two clubs. At the end of a two-man advantage, Greenville’s Kenndal McArdle found a loose puck in the goal crease and stuffed it behind Cincinnati goaltender Brian Foster (W, 23 saves, 7-0-2) at the 8:42 mark to cut the Cyclones lead in half. But once again, Cincinnati’s late-game defense came up big as they killed off the remaining three power plays against and preserved a 2-1 victory.
The Cyclones Radio Network Stars of the Game are as follows:
First Star: Dan Eves (Goal for Cincinnati)
Second Star: Nathan Lieuwen (29 saves, losing goaltender)
Third Star: Brian Foster (23 saves, winning goaltender)
The same two teams will do battle again tomorrow night at BI-LO Center with the opening face-off slated for 7:00pm. Fans can hear all the action on the Cyclones Radio Network (CyclonesHockey.com/America One) beginning at 6:40pm.
The Cyclones will return to the ice at U.S. Bank Arena on Tuesday, November 13 as they host the South Carolina Stingrays on Education in Hockey Day! The special game, which meshes hockey with learning, will get underway at 10:30am. Call 513.421.PUCK (7825) to reserve your seats. Fans can also get the latest team updates throughout the season on Facebook and Twitter (@CincyCyclones).
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