Cyclones Set Records in Dominant Win
Portland, ME - The Cincinnati Cyclones (31-8-3-3) collected an 8-1 win over the Maine Mariners on Friday night. Forward Brady Vail had a hat trick in the first period, while forward Pascal Aquin recorded a goal and four assists, and Judd Peterson accounted for a goal and three helpers. Additionally, forward Myles Powell along with defenseman DeVante Stephens netted lone goals for the Cyclones.
Cincinnati exploded out of the gate and scored just 2:02 in while on the power play when Vail crashed the net and sent a shot off the back of Mariners netminder Ed Minney and in to put the Cyclones on top, 1-0. That lead became 2-0 a short time later when Aquin found Peterson at the bottom of the left circle and he snapped in a shot to put the 'Clones up a pair, and chase Minney from the game.
The Cyclones continued to fire and found some magic shorthanded at the 5:46 mark when Powell skated in on a breakaway and found the back of the net past new Mariners goaltender Connor LaCouvee to push Cincinnati to a 3-0 lead. Moments later, Vail continued his monster period when he took a pass from behind the net from forward Mike Marnell and tapped the puck in to give Cincinnati a 4-0 advantage.
With 2:15 to play, Cincinnati added another when Stephens spun his way through the slot and slid a puck into the net to extend the Cyclones' lead to 5-0, and about a minute and a half later Vail capped off his first period hat trick when Aquin found him in front and he tapped it in to give the Cyclones a 6-0 advantage.
Cincinnati wrapped up their record-setting period with 15 seconds left when Aquin sent a pass to Johnson on a 2-on-1, and he smacked the puck in on the left side to send the Cyclones to a 7-0 lead after the first period. The seven goals in the first period are the most for the 'Clones in a single period in team history, and are also the fifth-most for a single period in ECHL history.
The Mariners managed to get one back early in the second on a power play tally from forward Greg Chase, cutting the Cincinnati lead to 7-1 after the middle frame. Cincinnati was not deterred and held on to their six-goal edge, and with 21 seconds remaining Peterson slid a pass to Aquin and he lit the lamp to seal the 8-1 Cyclones win.
Cincinnati outshot the Mariners, 33-26, with goaltender Jonas Johansson stopping 25 in the win. The Cyclones continue their four-game road trip on Saturday night in Manchester against the Monarchs. Face-off is slated for 6:00pm ET.
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