The Adirondack Thunder came into downtown Cincinnati on Friday night in search of their 8th consecutive win to tie an ECHL record for the best start in league history. However, the Cincinnati Cyclones had a thing or two to say about that and the Thunder are no longer the only undefeated team left in the league.
Things got off to a bit of a rocky start for the Cyclones as a broken 2-on-1 for Adirondack was capitalized on as Mads Eller hit the post, and there to bury the rebound was Alexandre Carrier for his first goal of the season. But, Cincinnati’s power play was about to get hot as late in the period, Cincinnati would answer back with a pair of power play goals. The first one being from Joe Pendenza who would clean up the garbage in front of the net after a Zach Budish shot squeaked through the crease. Then moments later, on the one-timer, Jack Downing with the howitzer that Adirondack goaltender, Ken Appleby, never saw to put Cincinnati ahead 2-1.
A defensive, slow back-and-forth 2nd period would see no scoring, as things would not pick up again until the 3rd period. The Thunder who have been notorious for come-backs thought they had forced overtime when Carrier just threw one through traffic, and it found it’s way past Cincinnati netminder, Brad Thiessen, to tie the game at 2. An exciting fight to the finish would come with just 15.7 seconds left on the clock as Pendenza would find a loose puck in the slot and fire it over the shoulder of Appleby to put the Cyclones on top 3-2 with his 2nd of the night. The night of 2nd’s continue as Downing would cash in on the empty net for his 2nd of the game as well to seal it for the Cyclones, 4-2.
A complete box score can be found here.
The weekend is not done for the Cyclones as they welcome in the Evansville IceMen on Saturday night for their “The Cure Starts Now” promotion. The Clones will wear Lauren Hill inspired jerseys the entire game, which will be auctioned off after the game. Proceeds from the auction will go to “The Cure Starts Now” charity. Come and join the fight against cancer as the Cyclones take on the IceMen. We get going at 7:35pm EST from U.S. Bank Arena.