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Cyclones drop Nailers 4-1
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Josh Shalla provided the biggest fireworks of the night, scoring twice to lead the Cyclones (24-11-1-1) over the Wheeling Nailers (18-16-1-5) by a 4-1 final score in front of 7,839 at U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday. Former Nailer Paul Crowder recorded two assists in the victory, giving him four points in seven games against his former team. Goaltender Rob Madore (W, 25 saves, 10-4-0-0) was solid in net, turning aside 25 of the 26 shots he faced in the tilt.
Anthony Luciani, last weeks runner-up for the ECHL Player of the Week, continued his recent offensive tear by recording three points, treating the crowd to some pyrotechnics of his own before the postgame indoor fireworks display. The red-hot Luciani now has 10 points in his last four games and Cincinnati is 17-3-0 when he records a point.
The Cyclones shot out the gate with a fast and furious pace that quickly earned them a two-goal lead. Shalla got them on the board when he tipped in a shot from Adam Brace at 7:55. After Jake Areshenko was called for interference, Shalla struck again, this time on the power play, when Crowder made a last-second pass to the second-year forward that caught netminder Mike Condon (L, 27 saves, 13-8-0-4) out of place at 9:50. The home team successfully killed two penalties to close the period and entered the first intermission outshooting the Nailers 7-6.
The visitors trimmed their deficit midway through the second stanza after Jonathan Hazen was called for slashing. Nine seconds into the resulting power play opportunity, defenseman Barry Goers notched his second tally of the season when he made a desperate, sprawling shot while falling that surprised Madore at 10:23. Although Shalla nearly recorded his third of the night on a shot that bounced off the post, both clubs were held scoreless for the remainder of the period and the Cyclones entered the final frame holding a one-goal advantage.
The home team padded their lead early in the third, however, when Luciani recorded his 16th goal of the season on the teams second power play tally of the night at 2:39. The Cyclones converted their third power play goal of the game when Pat OKeefe, playing in his first game for Cincinnati since he was acquired from the Utah Grizzlies on January 23, blasted a slap shot from between the circles at 13:17.
With the game seemingly in hand, tempers flared late in the third period as Tony Turgeon and Patrick McGrath dropped their gloves in the Cincinnati corner. After penalties were assessed, a secondary altercation broke out between Chaz Johnson and David MacDonald. When all was said and done, the scraps resulted in 84 total penalty minutes and two game misconducts between the four players. Although the Cyclones were unable to convert on a resulting five-minute match penalty, they cruised to a convincing 4-1 victory.
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