CINCINNATI, Ohio – The series so far has been a back and forth affair for both squ ads. The Cyclones have brought a rough and tumble style to the contests while the Gladiators have brought speed and finesse to the mix. Both teams have managed to dominate on occasions leading to a tie in the series after four games. The series has now become a best-of-threebetween these now determined rivals.
The pace wa s set by the visitors at the beginning of the opening period. Joey Haddad of the Gladiators beat Michael Houser at the 2:36 mark to open the scoring. Despite the Cyclones having an 8 to 1 edge in shots on goal it took until the 14:16 mark before the ‘Clones Garrett Wilson solved Louis Domingue to knot the score at one each.
The second period began with both squads struggling for domination characterized by hard hitting and fast rushes up the ice. The Cyclones continued to pepper Domingue with rubber to no avail until Wilson again scored on the power play to give the ‘Clones a one-goal lead at 13:14.
Less than three minutes later the Gladiators evened the score when Evan Bloodoff rocked one past Houser with a power play goal as well.
There were many quality chances by both squads to score in the third period but the netminders and defenses stiffened and there was no scoring leading to overtime.
The first overtime period was played in a desperate fashion but neither team was able to put the biscuit in the basket as again Houser was solid and Domingue was amazing in net.
The second overtime began in similar fashion to the first as the desperation and exhaustion factors rose.
Then at 12:39 the Cyclones Trevor Lewis took a pass from the left side of Domingue and buried the puck in the twine for the game winner.
The on ice celebration began as Lewis was involved in a whole team group hug along the boards.
This was the longest game in club history at 92 minutes, 29 seconds played.
Game six will be Tuesday night, again in Cincinnati due to a schedule conflict at the Gwinnett Center.