Cyclones Survive Late Push to Double up Rush
Cincinnati, OH - The Cincinnati Cyclones (28-8-3-3) slowed down the Rapid City Rush, 6-3, on Saturday night. Forward Myles Powell led the way with a pair of goals, while forwards Jesse Schultz, Alex Wideman, and Ben Johnson, along with defenseman Arvin Atwal each lit the lamp once for the Cyclones.
The Cyclones took the lead just 1:15 into the opening period when Powell tipped a shot from Schultz to put Cincinnati ahead, 1-0, and snapping an 0-for-19 streak on the power play.
Cincinnati's 1-0 lead held up throughout the remainder of the first, and in the second they tacked on one more when Atwal blasted a shot from the right point in past Rush netminder Adam Carlson to give Cincinnati a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes.
In the third Cincinnati continued to shine early and extended their lead to 3-0 when Powell sent a pass to Schultz and he found the back of the net just 1:53 into the frame. Roughly eight minutes later, Powell returned the favor when he fed Schultz on the back door and he tapped it in to give Cincinnati a 4-0 lead.
The Rush mounted a furious comeback attempt, as forward Darby Llewellyn netted a pair of goals sandwiched around a tally from defenseman Riley Weselowski to trim their deficit to 4-3 with 4:16 remaining in regulation.
The Cyclones kept their composure and added an empty-netter Wideman with 1:42 to play in regulation to regain their two-goal lead, 5-3. Cincinnati capped off the night, with 51 seconds to play when Johnson fired a shot off the post and in to seal the 6-3 Cyclones win.
Cincinnati outshot the Rush, 44-22 on the evening, with goaltender Michael Houser stopping 19 in the win. The Cyclones wrap up their brief two-game homestand on Saturday night against the Tulsa Oilers. Face-off is slated for 7:35pm ET.
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