Renegades Slip Past Cyclones, 6-4
The Cyclones traveled to Richmond Friday night to face off against the Renegades for the SPHL's Opening Night 2009.
Twin City struck first with an unassisted goal at 15:53 by Michael Richard. However, the Renegades were able to answer with a powerplay goal from Dan Vandermeer at 16:32. The teams were knotted at one goal each at the end of the first.
The second period started off with a powerplay for the Cyclones. At 1:25, Eddie Chlanda capitalized on the man advantage with the help of Donald Melnyk and Matt Puntureri to put the Cyclones up by one. Soon after, Melnyk decided to add a goal of his own with a rifle of a slapshot past the Renegades' netminder to increase the Cyclones' lead to two. Richmond answered with a goal from Jason Price to cut Twin City's lead at 5:46. The Cyclones did not take long to light the lamp again, as another goal from Chlanda came through at 14:15. Before the end of the period, former Cyclone Clay Lewis added one for Richmond to put the score at 4-3 heading into the final stanza.
The Renegades came out firing in the third period with a goal at 1:41 from R.C. Lyke. A couple of minutes later, the 'Gades got another shot past Twin City goaltender Terry Dunbar to go up by one. Taking advantage of a powerplay, Richmond got on the board again with a goal from John Halverson at 9:42 increasing their lead by two and putting a cap on the night. Final score, 6-4 Richmond.
The Cyclones will return home for games on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's game time is set for 7:30PM and Sunday's will be 4:30PM. Don't miss out on the excitement! Tickets start as low as $7.50! For more information, contact the Cyclones at 721-1700.
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