Cyclones split with No. 6 Ohio despite penalty trouble


Cyclone hockey forward Chris Cucullu looks across the arena to pass the puck during the game Jan. 12, 2013, at Ames/ISU Ice Arena. The Cyclones couldn’t hold off the Ohio Bobcats, as they did in Friday’s overtime thriller, and ended with a final score of 8-5.

Clint Cole

Seven penalties in Friday night’s game seemed irrelevant in a 2-1 overtime victory, but 11 penalties and two game misconducts in Saturday night’s game led to an 8-5 loss for the ISU hockey team.

No. 13 Iowa State seemed to have an insurmountable 4-0 lead against No. 6 Ohio in the first period of Saturday’s game, which included a shorthanded goal by ISU forward Trevor Lloyd.

However, Ohio scored eight unanswered goals en route to its 18th win of the season. The Bobcats had six power play goals in Saturday night’s game.

ISU defenseman Justin Wilkinson was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for checking from behind. Later in the game, ISU forward Georgi Iskernov was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding.

The game misconducts caused the Cyclones to change their penalty kill a little bit.

“We have our penalty kill teams who normally kill penalties together, but when you have five-minute majors, I started rotating through the whole line-up,” said ISU coach Al Murdoch in a news release. “There was no one that did the job—everybody got scored against.”

ISU defenseman Cory Sellers was penalized three times in Friday’s game and once in Saturday’s game.

“We moved him to a different [unit], and he’s playing real well,” Murdoch said. “I’d like him not to take those penalties, but it’s hard to play physical against a very fast, talented team and not take the occasional penalty.”

Friday’s game went much better for the Cyclones. ISU goaltender Scott Ismond stopped 34-of-35 OU shots and ISU forward Chris Cucullu scored the game-winning goal with the 4-on-3 advantage in overtime for the upset.

“It’s been a while since I’ve got a kind of big goal to edge the game for us,” Cucullu said. “Last time I think I got an overtime goal was in juniors and, you know, it’s always a special moment.”

Moving forward, the Cyclones hit the road to take on No. 9 Illinois on Jan. 18 and 19. The Cyclones split a two-game series earlier this season in Ames.