Nolan Redler’s OT goal gave the defending Eastern Hockey League champion Northern Cyclones a 4-3 win and 2-1 championship series lead against the Connecticut Oilers Monday night at SoNo Ice House.
The Cyclones can clinch the title this afternoon when the series resumes at SoNo at 3 p.m.
Redler’s goal at 14:25 of OT was set up by Joey Meehan and L.J. Fellows and ended quite a duel between Cyclones’ goalie Jimmy Poreda (35 saves) and Oilers’ keeper Chris Bastone (40 stops).
The Cyclones seemed to have the game under control through two periods, building a 3-1 lead, but the Oilers tied it on third-period strikes from Lucas Bombardier at 47 seconds and Ludvig Steenberg at 15:42. Nick Jermain had assists on both goals and Bombardier also had a helper on Steenberg’s tying tally.
The Cyclones’ Jarrod Fitzpatrick bracketed two goals around one from the Oilers’ Cam Cundy to give the Cyclones a 2-1 lead after one period. Redler assisted on both.
Dennis Maier, assisted by Dylan Bengston and Sean Brown, gave the the Cyclones a 3-1 edge at 9:25 of the second period.
Game Five, if necessary, would be played Wednesday night at 6 at Cyclones Arena.
|Northern Cyclones – Jarrod Fitzpatrick (Nolan Redler, Nick Felan) 3:25
Connecticut Oilers – Cam Cundy (Oscar Arfelt, Marc Happy) 6:15
Northern Cyclones – Jarrod Fitzpatrick (Matt Salera, Nolan Redler) 16:30
|Northern Cyclones – Dennis Maier (Dylan Bengtson, Sean Brown) 9:15|
|Connecticut Oilers – Lucas Bombardier (power play) (Marc Happy, Nick Jermain) 0:47
Connecticut Oilers – Ludvig Steenberg (Lucas Bombardier, Nick Jermain) 15:42
|Northern Cyclones – Nolan Redler (Joey Meehan, L.J. Fellows) 14:25|