Cyclones win home opener

Photo by Rob Huelsman

Photo by Rob Huelsman

CINCINNATI, Ohio – By the time the arena emptied on this opening night, the fans of the ‘Clones had been treated to an exciting evening of hockey. The latest edition of the home team provided for a thoroughly entertaining experience including the drama of overtime.
There were 5,365 seats filled as the Nailers came to town for the third contest in a week between these two rivals. The Cyclones came out sharp in the opening stanza and scored first on a beautiful goal by Garrett Wilson.
Photo by Rob Huelsman

Photo by Rob Huelsman

Wilson put the puck past netminder Patrick Killeen on the stick side and lit the lamp to delight the crowd.
Coach Jarrod Skalde was very pleased with the first period effort as the goal came on the power play. The period was a chippy affair as the teams struggled for position and puck possession. Both Brian Foster, in net for the Cyclones, and Killeen put on a goaltending show for those in attendance.
Photo by Rob Huelsman

Photo by Rob Huelsman

Several times pugilism was avoided as the on ice officials kept things from boiling over into all out brawls between multiple combatants during the contest. Control was well maintained and the interruptions were minimal.
The Cyclones scored on the power play again on a tally by Dan Eves, to raise the score to 2-0 before the West Virginia squad potted a goal. Brian Foster scrambled furiously to keep the puck out of the net to no avail and the Nailers were reinvigorated as the second period ended.
Photo by Rob Huelsman

Photo by Rob Huelsman

Skalde admitted that the Cyclones came out flat in the final period as the visitors evened the numbers on the scoreboard. Again Foster tried valiantly to prevent the Nailers’ Chris Barton from tying the score. Regulation ended with a flurry from the Cyclones in the final seconds without results.
Four-on-four began and the Wheeling squad took an ill-timed penalty giving the Cyclones another power play. As the overtime wound down, neither team could penetrate the others net and a shootout ensued.  
Photo by Rob Huelsman

Photo by Rob Huelsman

Cyclones Captain Mathieu Aubin scored the game winning tally as Killeen missed his opportunity to bat the puck away. Two more Cyclones penetrated the Wheeling net as Foster stoned the opposition completely to seal the win.
Aubin stated, “I think we had a good first period. It went a little bit bad in the second, but we stick together and got a huge win.”  
Following the match, Coach Skalde was candid, “We came out and played a heck of a first period, I thought we set the pace. The second period we got on our heels, I thought they (Nailers) were the better team.
Photo by Rob Huelsman

Photo by Rob Huelsman

The third period we had our opportunities, offensively I thought we had our chances. Obviously we had a four-on-three in the overtime; it was a big opportunity we didn’t capitalize on. That was frustrating, but we got the two points.”
Contact the writer/photographer at Rob.Huelsman@Prohockeynews.com

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