The Atlanta Capitals took all four points from the Cincinnati Cyclones this weekend, maintaining a share of first place with Point Mallard in the NA3HL South with just four games remaining.
On Friday, the Capitals came out strong, outshooting the visiting Cyclones 25-12 but trailed 1-0 at the end of 1. Cincinnati scored two more early in the second period, chasing the Capitals starting goalie at the 5:22 mark. Atlanta slowly began their comeback, with Andrew Cooley getting the Caps on the board and Atlanta trailed 3-1 after 2 periods. In the third, Atlanta turned up the heat, firing 34 shots on net. Goals by Arturas Laukaitis and Ryan Dumond tied the game at 3. Cincinnati answered with a pair of goals to go ahead 5-3, but Kyle Rimbach pumped in a pair of goals, including the game tying goal in the final minute to send the game into overtime. Colin O’Connor cemented the win in the final minute of overtime, securing the Capitals 30th win of the season.
Saturday’s rematch was a scoreless affair through the opening frame before Atlanta erupted in the second
period. Goals by Philip Pugliese, Evan Camba, Frank Trazzera, Kyle Rimbach and Alex Johanson spotted the Caps to a 5-0 lead just past the midpoint of the game. The Cyclones got on the board to make it 5-1, but Dylan Wattles responded less than a minute later to regain the five goal lead. The Cyclones managed a couple more goals to close the gap to 6-3 but Jesse Brown added the final dagger as Atlanta completed the weekend sweep. Aleksandr Zendejas picked up both wins in net, going the distance on Saturday after relieving Corey Boettcher in the first game of the weekend.
Atlanta (32-9-2) sits in a first place tie with Point Mallard, and will play their final home games of the year this weekend against Louisiana (9-31-2). The games will be available to view on FASTHockey.com.
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