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Gladiators' season ends with loss to Cyclones

Photo: Jessica Bixby Gwinnett Gladiators forward Doug Jones (14) scores in the second period, beating Cinncinnati defenseman Josh McFadden (2) and goaltender Michael Houser (30) in Game 6 of their conference semifinal series Tuesday in Cincinnati.

Photo: Jessica Bixby Gwinnett Gladiators forward Doug Jones (14) scores in the second period, beating Cinncinnati defenseman Josh McFadden (2) and goaltender Michael Houser (30) in Game 6 of their conference semifinal series Tuesday in Cincinnati.

CINCINNATI -- The Gwinnett Gladiators' season ended with a 5-3 loss in Cincinnati on Tuesday night at US Bank Arena.

The Cyclones powered past the Gladiators in the second period and won the second-round best-of-seven series 4-2. Game 6 was originally slated to be played in Gwinnett, but a scheduling conflict at the Arena at Gwinnett Center forced the game to be played in Cincinnati.

Goalie Louis Domingue made 20 saves in the loss, a game the Gladiators led 1-0 and 3-2.

Gwinnett drew first blood, as Justin Weller's shot from the point was deflected over Michael Houser by Justin Bowers for a 1-0 lead just 2:09 into the game.

The Cyclones got even at 8:19 on a David Pacan tally, and only 2:47 later David McDonald pushed Cincinnati's lead to 2-1 through one period.

A wild second period saw Gwinnett bounce back to regain the lead 2:39 into the period. Doug Jones hammered home a rebound to tie the game with Bowers and Evan Bloodoff assisting.

At 5:01 the Gladiators struck again. Sacha Guimond took a pass from Alex Belzile and blasted a slapshot under Houser for a 3-2 Gwinnett lead.

However, the Cyclones bounced back for two goals before the period was over.

A John McFarland one-timer beat Domingue at 11:08, and a questionable call gave Cincinnati a 5-on-3 power play. Mike Embach cashed in on a backdoor set-up at 17:37 to put the Cyclones ahead for good at 4-3.

Garrett Wilson sealed the win 13:50 into the third with the Gladiators searching for the equalizer.

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TOWG 1 year, 7 months ago

Great season guys! Can't wait for October!!!!

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