By Jared Bravard, @JaredBravard
Friday’s game between Cyclone Hockey and the Jamestown Jimmies was full of firsts.
The Division II Cyclones (1-2-0) picked up their first win of the season 4-3 in a shootout over the Division II Jamestown Jimmies (3-4-1).
This also marks the first solo coaching win for Assistant Coach Shaun Gibbons as a Cyclone.
“I thought the boys played well,” Gibbons said. “They bounced back pretty quickly throughout the night.”
After a scoreless first period, Jamestown took the lead 8:42 into the second period. The Cyclones responded a few minutes later with a goal of their own. Blake Ramsey got the puck to Sam Dorfman for a goal at 14:24. The goal marked Dorfman’s first in the Cardinal and Gold.
Jamestown again took the lead at 18:24 in the second, but again the Cyclones answered. Jordan Hillman lit the lamp at 19:47 to even the score before the second intermission. James Frantz tallied the assist.
For the third time on the night, the Jimmies took the lead with a goal at 12:48 in the third period. The Cyclones again found an answer as Frantz scored his first goal as a Cyclone at 15:36. Ryan Rouleau tallied the assist. The score remained 3-3 throughout the rest of regulation and overtime.
The Cyclones prevailed 3-2 in the six-round shootout to capture the win. Rouleau scored the winning goal in the shootout.
Gibbons credits the heart of the team and the leaders for the Cyclones’ ability to bounce back throughout the game.
“I definitely think it shows a lot of heart,” Gibbons said. “Our leaders really stepped up tonight to make sure that we had a positive bench.”
The win marks the first for freshman goalie Patrick Egdorf as a Cyclone. Egdorf recorded 20 saves with a save percentage of 0.870. Gibbons was pleased with what he saw out of the young goalie.
“I thought Egdorf played a great game,” Gibbons said. “He had some pretty big stops and some unlucky goals.”
The Cyclones ended up killing four of their five penalties on the night.
Game two is 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Ames/ISU Ice Arena.
Gibbons likes what he sees from the team already this year and says the Cyclones are ready for Saturday’s game.
“The way this year has been, we’re very proud of our team coming together,” Gibbons said. “They have really good chemistry. The guys really seem to like each other.”