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Pee Dee Cyclones Take 1-0 Lead into Third Period but Lose 3-1 to Knoxville on Friday Night

March 31, 2006 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Twin City Cyclones News Release

The Pee Dee Cyclones, outshot 41 to 10 after two periods, took a 1-0 lead into the third period on Friday night at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum before losing 3 to 1 to the Knoxville Ice Bears. Knoxville now leads the best of five series two games to one with game four coming up on Saturday night in Knoxville.

After a scoreless first period, the Cyclones Joel Petkoff scored his first goal of the playoffs at 16:04 of the second period with assists from J.F. Picard and Jeremy Kyte. The game remained 1-0 until 2:33 of the third period when Knoxville's K.C. Caudill tied the score. Knoxville would add two powerplay goals from Jason Bermingham and Kevin Swider. Bermingham's goal at 7:14 of the third period would turn out to be the game winner. Swider's goal at 19:25 came as a result of a costly too many men on the ice penalty against the Cyclones when Pee Dee was looking to pull the goaltender for an extra attacker.

Cyclones goaltender Mark Cairns faced 65 shots, stopping 62 of them. Pee Dee now faces a win or go home situation on Saturday night in game four of the series. A Cyclones win will force a fifth game in Knoxville on Tuesday night.

In the other SPHL Semi-Final series, Florida has taken a 1-0 lead over Huntsville folowing their 4-2 win on Friday night. Game two of their series is in Huntsville on Sunday afternoon.

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