Cyclone Hockey falls just short of ACHA National Championship

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Cyclone hockey players are congratulated by their teammates after getting a goal during the game against the Twin City Steel on Friday night. The Cyclones went on to beat the Steel 5-2. 

Austin Anderson

All four regular season matchups between Cyclone Hockey and Lindenwood were decided by one goal this season.

The American Collegiate Hockey Association National Championship game was no different in the fifth and final game between the two teams, as Lindenwood defeated Cyclone Hockey, 2-1, in Bensonville, Ill. on Tuesday.

Defenseman Kody Reuter scored just his third goal of the season, but it came in the biggest moment with just over a minute remaining in the opening period.

The shots were even after the first period but the Cyclones led, 1-0.

At the end of the second period, the Lions tied up the score at one with 29 seconds left in the second period.

Jake Bruhn was called for the first penalty on Cyclone Hockey in the second period. The Cyclones killed the penalty and immediately following, forward Adam Alcott came onto the ice and had a breakaway that was saved by ACHA Tournament MVP Michael Hails.

The entire season for both teams came down to one 20 minute period and the Lions capitalized. Just more than six minutes into the final period, Mike Lozano gave Lindenwood the lead for good.

With 2:21 left in the game, the Cyclones went on a power play and pulled goaltender Derek Moser to have a 6-on-4 advantage but the power play was unsuccessful.

Cyclone Hockey finished the season as the 2015-2016 ACHA national runner-up.