The Connecticut Oilers evened the best-of-five Eastern Hockey League championship series at one game apiece by holding off the Northern Cyclones, 8-5, in Game 2 Thursday at Cylcones Arena in Hudson, NH.
The Oilers held leads of 5-0 in the second period and 7-1 in the third period before staving off a furious rally by the Cyclones, who scored four goals in a span of 3:43 to close to within 7-5.
But Joe Pizzimenti scored with 1:20 left for Connecticut to help quell the Cyclones uprising.
Lucas Bombardier scored two goals and Todd Jackson, Sebastian Foster and Paul McAvoy one each as the Oilers roared out to a 5-0 lead in the second period. Joey Meehan got the Cyclones on the board before the second stanza came to a close.
Early in third, though, Alex Wilkinson and Ludvig Steenberg extended the Oilers to a commanding 7-1 lead.
The Cyclones made it interested with goals by Sean Brown (7:51), Dylan Bengston (8:50), Aaron Bland (10:05) and Nolan Redler (11:34) to make it a 7-5 game with plenty of time remaining.
The Oilers were able to hold on, however.
Game 3 will be at the SoNo Ice House in Norwalk, Ct. on Monday at 6pm, with Game 3 slated for Tuesday at 3pm, also at SoNo. If a Game 5 is needed, the Cyclones would host it on Wednesday, March 25th at 6pm.