Nolan Redler scored at 18:25 of overtime to give defending EHL champion Northern Cyclones a come-from-behind, 4-3, win over the Connecticut Oilers in the first game of the 2015 Eastern Hockey League championshhip series.
Game 2 is today at 3 pm at Cyclones Arena in Hudson, NH.
The Cyclones trailed 2-0 after the first period and 3-1 in the third period before rallying.
In the third period, Aaron Bland scored at 6:20 and Dylan Bengston, assisted by Redler and Sean Brown, made it a 3-3 game at 9:42.
That set the stage for Redler’s game-winner, assisted by Brown and Luke Formica.
The Oilers jumped to a 2-0 lead after the first period on goals by A.J. Pekick and Sebastian Foster. After the Cyclones’ Aaron Hufnagle closed the gap to 2-1 in the second period, Connecticut’s Lucas Bombardier gave his team a 3-1 lead early in the third period with an unassisted tally.
Oilers goalie Chris Bastone made 52 saves, while his counterpart in the Cyclones net – Jimmy Poreda – finished with 37 saves.
The championship series is a best-of-five. Games 3 and (if necessary) Game 4 will be at the SoNo Ice House in Norwark, Ct.