CINCINNATI, Ohio – Game six was supposed to be in Gwinnett but Disney on Ice intervened at the Gwinnett Center. This gave the Cyclones a huge home-ice advantage despite the relatively meager crowd on a Tuesday night. The Cyclones made the most of the situation and engaged in a spirited contest with the Gladiators to the delight of the crowd.
As occurred in the past game the Gladiators scored early and first on a tally by Justin Bowers at the 2:09 mark of the opening period. Playing from behind again the Cyclones answered the call at 8:19 on a goal by David Pacan to knot the score. Louis Domingue of the Gladiators kept the ‘Clones at bay with stellar saves until David MacDonald raised the ante at the 11:06 mark and gave the ‘Clones the lead through the end of the period.
The middle stanza began as the Gladiators Doug Jones solved Micheal Houser to tie the score at two each at 2:39. It began to look as if the Gladiators were regaining strength and momentum as the Cyclones were beginning to look a little disorganized. The crowd felt dismayed at the 5:01 mark as the Gladiators Alex Belzile fed a pass to Sacha Guimond who beat Houser and again took the lead. The Cyclones responded finally at 11:08 with a John McFarland tally to tie things up at three apiece. The situation became a back and forth, somewhat chippy affair, where both clubs traded pummeling the others netminder with rubber. At 17:27 the Cyclones Mike Embach scored on a power play to take the lead for good and the period ended with the Gladiators frustrated and the fans happy.
The final frame was a desperate period for the Gladiators as the Cyclones kept pressure on Domingue and the defense.
The Cyclones confidence soared when Garrett Wilson put the dagger in the Gladiators at 13:50 with the final tally of the match to take a 5-3 lead.
Now the Cyclones move on to the Eastern Conference Finals and await either the Florida Everblades or the hated rival Reading Royals.
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