Michael Houser Stops 28 Shots to Stymie Jackals, 2-0
Michael Houser fought off 28 Jackals shots and the Cincinnati Cyclones (22-21-4-0) shut out the Elmira Jackals (9-33-5-0), 2-0, at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati Friday night.
Elmira dominated the first period, but it didn't turn into a lead for the Jackals. Cyclones goalie Michael Houser stopped 14 Jackals shots while Andy Iles turned aside four Cincinnati shots to keep it a 0-0 game after 20 minutes of play.
Cincinnati pushed back in the second period and grabbed a 2-0 lead over the Jackals. The Cyclones broke the scoreless tie 10:23 into the second period, taking advantage of their second power play of the night. Christiaan Minella found a rebound in the slot and fired one off the crossbar and in for a 1-0 lead on his first goal of the season.
A few minutes later, the Cyclones built on that momentum to double their lead at 14:10. Brandon McNally, who earlier in the period was involved in a fight with Greg Betzold, received a pass from Shawn O'Donnell at the left circle. He was uncontested and cut across the crease, getting Iles to go down before scoring on the backhand for a 2-0 Cyclones lead.
The Jackals failed to rally in the third period, with Houser stopping nine more shots to fend off Elmira for his second shutout of the season, a 2-0 decision. For the Jackals it's the eighth time they've been shutout in 2016-17 and the sixth instance on the road.
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