PHN’s Best Shots of the Game: four-goal third period leads Cyclones past Heartlanders

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones hosted the Iowa Heartlanders for their home opener Saturday night. The Cyclones were 3-0-0 heading into Saturday’s matchup. For the 6,427 in attendance, it was a slow start for the Cyclones.

The Iowa Heartlanders would get on the scoreboard first at the 16:17 mark of the first period, when Kevin Conley scored his third goal of the season on the power play. Special teams play would become a story of the game for the Cyclones, as they’d end the game with 12 penalties for 24 minutes, while the Heartlanders would finish with nine penalties for 18 minutes. Iowa was 1-for-7 on the power play, while Cincinnati scored twice in four chances with the man advantage.

Tommy Parrottino made it 2-0 Iowa on an unassisted goal 5:17 into the second period. Cyclones veteran & captain Justin Vaive would get the Cyclones on the board 12:33 into the second period on the power play. Matt Berry and Jalen Smereck would pick up the assists on Vaive’s fourth goal in four games.

The Cincinnati Bengals defensive line was in attendance to sound the new siren and it seemed to pump up the Cyclones for the third period, as the Cyclones would score four unanswered goals in the period. Matt Berry would tie it 2-2 at the 6:02 mark of the third. The former Toledo Walleye has two goals on the season. Sean Allen and Kohen Olischefski picked up the assists. Just over two minutes later, Arvin Atwal would score his first goal of the season. Less than 10-seconds later, Louie Caporusso scored to put the Cyclones up 4-2.

At the 9:12 mark, Lincoln Griffin would put the game away for good with his second goal of the season with the Cyclones on the power play.

Connor O’Brien was between the pipes for Iowa and stopped 24-of-29 shots faced, while on the other end of the ice, Beck Warm stopped 30-of-32 shots faced for Cincinnati.

The Cyclones host the Fort Wayne Komets on Tuesday for their field trip day, with a 10:30am puck drop. The Heartlanders continue their road trip with a game at Wheeling on Sunday.

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