Cyclone Hockey suffers first home sweep of season


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Junior forward Trevor Lloyd attempts to score during the game against University of Central Oklahoma on Feb. 15 at Ames/ISU Ice Arena. The Cyclones fell to the Broncos 6-3 in their final game of the regular season.

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Cyclone Hockey had trouble with Lindenwood this weekend, with penalties playing a major factor. 

All of the goals that the Lindenwood Lions scored were on the power play, with the exception for the last goal Saturday night, which came in overtime.

Both games were decided by one goal and it seems to be a recurring problem for Iowa State. Out of the six games the Cyclones have lost, five of them have been by one goal and the players are frustrated.

“It’s tough when you are in a slump like this,” said alternate captain Trevor Lloyd. “We are working hard and we all believe that it is going to turn for us.”

Friday night’s game turned out to be a thriller but did not end in favor of Iowa State.

The Cyclones and the Lions drew even with shots on goal in the first period, but the Lions capitalized on a power play with 40 seconds left to go and up 1-0.

Iowa State had a big second period and scored two goals to put the Cyclones up a goal. At that point, head coach Jason Fairman thought the team was on the right track.

“The second period was one of our best periods of the year,” Fairman said.

The third period, however, could have been Iowa State’s worst.

The Lions were dangerous on the power play and scored two goals on it in the third. Lindenwood won the game with one of those goals being scored with just 1.2 seconds left in regulation.

Fairman thought the Cyclones the game slip right past them.

“When you have to kill off four penalties in one period, this is what the result is going to be,” Fairman said. “We let this game slip out of our hands.”

The next game did not get any easier for Iowa State, as the Lions won again by a margin of one goal.

Iowa State struck first with a goal by Jake Uglem with only 17.5 seconds left in the second period to put the Cyclones up 1-0, but for the second straight night, the third period went to the Lions.

Lindenwood scored on a power-play goal to even the score and bring the game into overtime, where the Lions went on to win the game.

Fairman said the team needs to improve in the only category that matters to the team — winning.

“I think we outplayed them in the series,” Fairman said. “We’ve outplayed every team that we played this year but we are not winning, something has to change.”

Another recurring theme the Cyclones seem to have is not being able to put the puck in the back of the net, and alternate captain Nate Percy said that needs to change.

“Moving forward, I think we need to improve on scoring,” Percy said. “We had a lot of chances to score but just did not capitalize.”

Cyclone Hockey just is not having any puck luck lately, but Percy said it is still early in the season and his team just needs to stay positive.