Komets fall to Cyclones in overtime, still lead series 2-1

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An Arwin Atwal goal for Cincinnati 4:50 into overtime earned the Cyclones a 7-6 win over the Komets in game three of the best-of-seven first round playoff series on Thursday night.

The Komets, who won the first two games of the series at War Memorial Coliseum, still lead the series two games to one.

Bobby Shea opened the scoring with his first goal of the series at 11:20 in the first period on the power play, but Justin Vaive’s power play goal with six seconds left in the first period would knot the game at 1-1.

Phelix Martineau would find the net for the Komets just 1:33 into the second period, staking the K’s to a 2-1 lead. Daniel Muzito-Bagenda would tie it at 7:17 with his second tally of the series, but Martineau would score again at 13:44 to give the Komets a 3-2 lead.

Captain Jamie Schaafsma would score his second goal of the series on the power play at 18:16 in the second period, building the Komets lead to 4-2, but with two seconds left in the period Alex Kile would beat Michael Houser to cut that lead to 4-3 heading into the third period.

Jesse Schultz scored just 13 second into the final frame of regulation to knot the game at four, while Vaive’s second goal of the night at 4:20 gave the Cyclones their first lead of the night at 5-4.

Gabriel Desjardins scored his first goal of the series at 10:21 to tie the game at five. Shawn O’Donnell’s goal at 13:17 gave Cincy at 6-5 lead, but league MVP Shawn Szydlowski scored his first goal of the series with 38 seconds left in regulation to help force overtime by knotting the game at six.

Michael Houser stopped 24-of-31 shots in goal for the Komets.

Game four is set for Saturday at 7:35 p.m. in Cincinnati.

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