Mathieu Aubin buried his first game-winning goal of the season with just 58 seconds left in regulation to lift the Cincinnati Cyclones (16-14-5-2) to a thrilling 3-2 win over the Wheeling Nailers (20-15-0-2) at WesBanco Arena on Saturday night.
Cincinnati drew first blood as, at the 13:26 mark, Christiaan Minella collected a loose puck and potted his ninth goal of the season past Nailers goalie Patrick Killeen (L, 26 saves, 15-8-0-1) to give his team a 1-0 lead. However, not even two minutes later, Ben Street tipped home his 18th of the season past Cyclones netminder Chet Pickard (W, 26 saves, 4-7-2-0) to knot the score at one through the opening stanza.
In the second period, Mathieu Aubin added to his team-leading numbers when he buried his 11th goal of the year on a rebound during a Cyclones power play. Thanks to some great team defense and an outstanding period by Pickard, Cincinnati took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.