CINCINNATI , Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones (1-0-0-0) got out
to a thrilling start for the 2012-13 season with a 3-2 shootout victory over the
Wheeling Nailers (0-0-0-1) in front of 5,365 at U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday
night. Cincinnati goalie Brian Foster (W, 28 saves, 1-0-0) stopped all four
shootout attempts by the Nailers while team captain Mathieu Aubin was able to
find space to put the game winner past Nailers net minder Patrick Kileen (L, 26
Cincinnati dominated the action in the first period,
out shooting Wheeling 12-5. The Cyclones first goal of the season came on a
power play late in the stanza when Garrett Wilson sent a backhand shot over the
glove of Kileen at the 16:39 mark – giving the home team a 1-0 lead. David Pacan
and Maury Edwards were credited with assists on the score.
extended their cushion to two for a short time in the middle frame. They again
took advantage of a power play when Dan Eves sent home a Mike Pelech pass at
4:19 thanks a Nailers penalty. Wheeling struck back, however, to cut the score
in half just a few minutes later when Paul Crowder lifted a puck past Foster at
After successfully killing their first five penalties of the game,
the Cyclones finally paid for their time in the box in the third period. Pelech
was whistled for a hooking at 9:05, and 12 seconds later, Chris Barton potted
the game-tying goal with a shot fired past Foster's glove side and into the back
of the net. Despite some tremendous chances from both sides in the final
minutes, the game went into overtime knotted at two.
In the extra
session, Cincinnati had several opportunities to win the game after a
cross-checking penalty by Wheeling defenseman Peter Merth gave them a one man
advantage. However, despite controlling the puck in Nailers' zone for much of
the power play, the Cyclones only managed to get three shots on goal and were
unable to strike. After five additional minutes of scoreless hockey, the game
was decided in a shootout.
Aubin and Brian O'Hanley each lit the lamp in
the first two rounds of the shootout, while Foster was able to deny both
Wheeling shooters. After a scoreless third round, the pressure was on Chris
Barton to score in order to keep the game alive. And as he had the previous
three times, Foster shut the door to seal a Cyclones 3-2 shootout victory.
Cincinnati was 2-for-9 on the power play while the Nailers were 1-for-5.