Cyclone Hockey suffers another heartbreaker, loses 3-2 to Lindenwood in OT

Junior Nick Sandy attempts to take the puck from a University of Illinois player to keep their 2-1 lead at the Iowa State vs University of Illinois hockey game on January 27th.

Spencer Suckow

No. 10 Cyclone Hockey suffered its third straight loss tonight and the second straight loss in tough fashion, as No. 3 Lindenwood stole a 3-2 road win in overtime.

The Cyclones actually jumped out to a fast start, scoring two goals within the first five minutes of the game.

The goals, coming courtesy first of junior defenseman Nick Sandy on the power play and then junior forward Colton Kramer, were scored just 22 seconds apart. The power play goal from Sandy also happened to be his first goal of the season.

Lindenwood would get a power play goal of their own later in the period, however, when another defenseman in Jake Townsend scored following a penalty on the Cyclones’ Aaron Azevedo.  Townsend’s goal cut the deficit to a 2-1 lead in favor of Iowa State.

While two power play goals were scored in the first period, neither team was able to light the lamp on the man-advantage in the second despite a combined total of five penalties between them in the period.

Even with those special teams chances, along with some good looks for both teams at full strength as well, the game’s score remained stagnant for a full 20 minutes and saw the Cyclones carry the same 2-1 lead into the final period.

Just as it looked like the exact same thing would happen in the third, Lindenwood sophomore defenseman Aapo Nurminen tied things up with 2:44 remaining in the game to force overtime.  This marked the second straight overtime game for the Cyclones.

It also marked the second straight overtime loss for the Cyclones, as Iowa State lost in heart-breaking fashion once again after Lindenwood’s Tommy Heinzman scored a power play goal with 2:20 remaining in the frame.  

The shot banked off of the leg pad of senior goalie Derek Moser, who got his first start in five games in place of fellow senior Matt Goedeke.  Like the first goal, Azevedo committed the penalty that led to the power play goal.

Iowa State will now attempt to even the season series at two when the teams play their final regular season game against each other tomorrow night.  The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at Ames/ISU Ice Arena.