CINCINNATI, Ohio- After coming home down two games in the series the Cyclones needed a fast start. And wow what a fast start Dan Eves gave them. Taking a pass from Chris Reed, Eves stuffed the biscuit behind Royals netminder Riley Gill at 1:38 into the opening period to give the Cyclones the lead. The teams battled furiously for the rest of the initial period with no further scoring. The Royals had several opportunities to knot the score, but Cyclone goalie Michael Houser squashed their hopes.
Then in the second period, the defenses took center stage, not allowing a single tally, as both squads duked it out to no avail. There were several spectacular open ice hits that delighted the crowd while the teams traded rushes up and down the ice. Gill and Houser were both solid in net in the stanza, making the saves needed despite the quality scoring chances each side had.
The third period began with the ‘Clones upping the ante and taking a two goal lead early by Mike Pelech. Once again the Cyclones scored early at the 2:18 mark as Mike Embach fed a pass to Pelech from the right circle and Pelech stuffed it past Gills’ right pad. The Royals were not to be denied though and got on the board on a power play at 11:20 with a tally by Alex Berry to draw within one. The Royals uncanny ability to tie things up reared its’ ugly head with just 1:37 left in the third as Nikita Kashirsky surprised Cyclones defenseman Brian O’Hanley above the crease and hammered one past Houser.
For the third game in the series this one also went into overtime. The crowd grew anxious as the OT progressed and the Royals were denied on several quality scoring chances, including a two bar dinger that just didn’t go in. Then at 16:24 the Cyclones Josh Shalla blasted a shot that ricocheted off of Gill and onto the stick of Mike Embach who buried the puck into the net past Gill for the game winner.
The Cyclones poured off of the bench and buried Embach to the right of the disgusted Gill as the Royals trailed off the ice in defeat for the first time this series. Game four is to be held on Friday night at US Bank Arena.