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EHL Championship Series: Cyclones force Game Five with 6-1 romp

NORTHERN CYCLONES' Daniil Kulikov fires home goal in second period of 6-1 win over NH Monarchs to even the best-of-five EHL final series at two games apiece.

NORTHERN CYCLONES’ Daniil Kulikov fires home goal in second period of 6-1 win over NH Monarchs to even the best-of-five EHL final series at two games apiece.

The Eastern Hockey League championship series is headed to a winner-take-all Game Five after the Northern Cyclones hammered the regular-season champion New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, 6-1, at Cyclones Arena Tuesday night to even the series at two games apiece.

 

Game Five is set for Thursday night on the Monarchs’ home ice at Tri-Town (6 p.m.).

 

The Cyclones weathered a first-period assault by the Monarchs which saw the visitors pile up a 14-5 edge in shots but exit with only a 1-0 lead on Shawn Nelson’s goal midway through the period. Cyclones’ goalie Drew Weigman turned back 13 shots en route to a 35-save performance.

NH MONARCHS goalie Jake Theut robs Cyclones forward Chris Zuccaro as Jordan Mathieu defends in Tuesday night's 6-1 Cyclones win

NH MONARCHS goalie Jake Theut robs Cyclones forward Chris Zuccaro as Jordan Mathieu defends in Tuesday night’s 6-1 Cyclones win that sets up a deciding Game Five on Thursday night in Hooksett, NH.

 

Momentum reversed completely in the second period as the Cyclones scored on four of their nine shots, including three goals in a span of 1:43 at the start of the period. Chris Zuccaro tied it at 34 seconds; Daniil Kulikov scored the game-winner at 1:55; and Weston Moon concluded the flurry at 2:17. Aaron’s Bland’s goal at 13:47 sent the Cyclones off with an insurmountable 4-1 lead.

 

Late third-period goals by Jeremy Young and Tim Baylis accounted for the final. Kulikov, Young and Baylis all had a goal and an assist as the Cyclones applied unrelenting pressure against the Monarchs’ EHL Goalie of the Year Jake Theut (29 saves) in the final 40 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

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