GAME 1- FRIDAY 2/26
Colin OConnor gave Atlanta a 6-5 (OT) victory over Cincinnati when he scored 4:37 into the extra period.
Atlanta overcame a three-goal deficit to capture the victory. Atlanta was down 3-0 after a goal by Cincinnati's Albert Janele at 5:22 in the second period. Atlanta tied things up at 5-5 on a goal by Kyle Rimbach at 19:05 in the third period.
Rimbach had a great game for Atlanta, netting two goals.
Atlanta put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Cincinnati to score on any of its three power plays. Cincinnati was unable to stop Atlanta from sending pucks towards the net, and Atlanta eventually piled up 73 shots on goal. Atlanta got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed three goals during the game. Atlanta could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 24 minutes in penalties during the game.
Atlanta additionally got points from Andrew Cooley, who also finished with one goal and one assist, Arturas Laukaitis, who also grabbed one goal and two assists to lead the team in points, and OConnor, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Ryan Dumond also scored for Atlanta. In addition, Atlanta received assists from Jack Cleaver, who had two and Riley Hummitsch, Philip Pugliese, Steve MacIver, Dylan Wattles, and Ross Bartlett, who contributed one each.
Cincinnati was led by Arsenii Vashchuk, who had one goal and one assist. Vashchuk scored 12:56 into the third period to make the score 5-3 Cincinnati. Janele assisted on the tally. Cincinnati also got points from Janele, who also registered one goal and one assist and Kyle Kinnaman, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Cincinnati also had goals scored by Jacob Friedman and Tyler Simon, who each put in one. More assists for Cincinnati came via Trevor Veneklase, who had two and Hunter Schneider, Samuel Dorff, Justin Bioni, Rory Callihan, and Cobin Sanborn, who each chipped in one.
Corey Boettcher made 19 saves before being replaced by Aleksandr Zendejas, who took the win and made four saves. Atlanta registered one goal on three power play opportunities. Tyler Geloneck made 67 saves for Cincinnati on 73 shots. Cincinnati incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors.
GAME 2 SATURDAY 2/27
Atlanta won 7-3 over Cincinnati.
Atlanta was helped by Evan Camba, who tallied one goal and one assist. Camba scored 3:25 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Atlanta. Riley Hummitsch picked up the assist. Atlanta also got points from Kyle Rimbach, who also registered one goal and one assist, Philip Pugliese, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Alex Johanson, who also had one goal and one assist, and Dylan Wattles, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Atlanta also had goals scored by Frank Trazzera and Jesse Brown, who each put in one. In addition, Atlanta received assists from Arturas Laukaitis, who had two and Jack Cleaver, Drake Cartwright, Steve MacIver, Ryan Dumond, and Ross Bartlett, who contributed one each.
Cincinnati was led by Hunter Schneider, who registered two goals and one assist. Schneider scored the first of his two goals at 13:00 into the second period to make the score 5-1 Atlanta. Schneider's next tally made the score 6-2 Atlanta with 4:46 left in the second period. Arsenii Vashchuk provided the assist. Albert Janele also scored for Cincinnati. Other players who recorded assists for Cincinnati were Justin Bioni, who had one.
Atlanta's Aleksandr Zendejas stopped 19 shots out of the 22 that he faced. Atlanta incurred 42 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Cincinnati incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.
"Friday night we got to a slow start but responded in a positive way and kept playing. The will to not let a game slip away and battle for the two points was impressive, it shows the strength of character in the room. It was also a learning experience that we can't put ourskeves in a hole early. Saturday, we came out and learned from Friday night with a few goals to put us ahead early. It was nice to see some guys get rewarded who were close to scoring Friday night. Overall it was a solid weekend and we need to keep getting better down stretch into playoffs" said Head Coach Anthony Bohn.