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Two late goals lift Cyclones to 2-1 win

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By Myron Hosea, Enquirer contributor 7:08 p.m. EDT May 25, 2014

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This time it was Cincinnati's turn to rally.

The Cyclones scored two third-period goals and then held off the Road Warriors in the final minutes for a 2-1 win in front 2,168 fans at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Cincinnati takes a 3-2 series lead back home with the opportunity to win the ECHL Eastern Conference at US Bank Arena on Tuesday. Game six begins at 7:35 p.m.

"Wasn't meant to be, but not smart tonight," Greenville coach Dean Stork said. "We were running around, running out of position in the first period. You could tell they wanted it more than us in the first period."

Trailing 1-0, the Cyclones' Trevor Lewis scored a power play goal at 9:42 of the third period to even the game 1-1. Taylor Aronson and Byron Froese assisted on the play.

A short time later, Zach Budish, who scored twice Thursday night, shot from behind the goal line and got the bounce for an unassisted goal. The game-winner came at 11:52.

"(Budish) has been really big for us," said Cincinnati coach Ben Simon. "Different players seem to step up at different times. Tonight it was Zach. Trevor Lewis contributed as well in his first game back from being out for so long."

Greenville has shown the ability to score late, having made 11 goals in the final five minutes of games during the playoffs. There would be no such equalizing goal this time.

The team's battled to a scoreless tie until late in the second period when the Road Warriors finally broke through on the power play.

"Both teams had some good chances. We're fortunate to come out on the winning side," Simon said. "Everything is really magnified coming up here in game six. Every faceoff is big. Every possession is big. It's exciting."

Kyle Jean got the Road Warriors on the board in the second period when he took a pass to Cyclones goalie Rob Madore's right. Jean came straight in and flipped the puck past Madore a 1-0 lead at 18:21.

With the situation clear now for Greenville, Stork knows his team can play well on the road.

"There's no doubt we're going to go in there, we're going to perform," he said. "We've got to go in there and win two in a row."

The Road Warriors have played a game six on the road twice in the playoffs and won both times. They held the series lead in each of those, however. Cincinnati eliminated Fort Wayne in a game six win at home in the second round.

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