Newfoundland Growlers (41-20-3-0) vs. Cincinnati Cyclones (36-31-3-0) Sunday, April 10 – St. John’s, NL
OFFICIAL GAME SHEETGame Story
The Newfoundland Growlers showed plenty of compete but came up just short against the Cincinnati Cyclones in a 5-4 loss on Sunday afternoon at Mary Brown’s Centre.
Zach O’Brien got the scoring started for the Growlers four minutes into the game as he picked up a drop pass from Matteo Pietroniro at the top of the circle and ripped one over the glove of Sean Bonar to make it 1-0 Newfoundland.
Lukas Craggs replied for Cincinnati eight minutes later with a tight angle snipe over the shoulder of Chase Perry to make it 1-1 with 7:03 left in the 1st.
Craggs picked up his second of the opening frame moments later when a big rebound fell on his stick in the slot, making no mistake with a shot over the glove of Perry to put the Cyclones ahead 2-1 after 20 minutes played.
Craggs made it a natural hat-trick inside two minutes of the 2nd period with a shorthanded breakaway effort to put the visitors up 3-1 with 18:11 left in the middle frame.
Isaac Johnson got the Growlers back within one with a great individual effort as he kept it in at the Cyclones line with some nifty hands before sniping one short side to cut it to 3-2 Cincinnati after the 2nd.
Jeremy McKenna continued his hot weekend play with a power play one timed finish three minutes into the third period as he banged home a great feed from O’Brien to tie things at 3-3.
Zack Andrusiak once again put the Cyclones out in front midway through the third as he beat Perry from a tight angle to put Cincinnati ahead 4-3 with 9:30 left in regulation.
Brennan Kapcheck, back in the lineup for the first time in several months, picked up a loose puck in the slot and beat Bonar to tie things at 4-4 with 3:27 left in regulation.
Just as overtime seemed inevitable, Matt McLeod beat Perry with a seeing eye shot from the blueline with 31 seconds left in the game to give the Cyclones a decisive fifth goal in a thrilling 5-4 victory.
- Zach O’Brien picked up three points (1G, 2A) in the loss.
- Chase Perry stopped 32 of the 37 shots he faced in his first Growlers loss.
- Newfoundland hit the road next weekend for their final three regular season games.
1. CIN – L. Craggs
2. NFL – Z. O’Brien
3. CIN – M. McLeod