Hornets, Cyclones battle through two overtimes before shootout goes Cyclones’ way

By Aaron Shuttleworth

It was a long night for the Bryant Hornets. A total of 100 minutes were played. Two regulation 40-minute halves, then two 10-minute overtimes and it all came down to a shoot out.

The Russellville Cyclones escaped Bryant Stadium with a 3-2 win in 7A-Central Conference action.[more]

At the end of the regulation time, the score was 1-1. The first goal of the night came from the Cyclones at 25:07 in the first half. The second was a Hornet goal that came from Sean Sobba with the assist from Reed Evans at 23:29 left in the game.

Brandon Parish, Sobba, Evans, Jesse Wolf and Jonathon Lowery were trouble for the Cyclones and a headache for the keeper and the defenders all night. Eleven shots were taken throughout both halves and the overtimes.

Defensively, Kyle Nossamon and Alex Rowlan were able to bail out keeper Devon Norris when he got into trouble. Ben Stukenborg was also there as backup. Norris had a total of 12 saves.

In the first overtime, Nossamon was just shy by a few inches of ending the game with a header. But then came the shoot out.

Ben Stulenborg was up first. He drilled it through.

Cyclone up . . . went past Norris.

Tyler Salminen next for Bryant. Just high enough for the goal.

But that was the last of the goals for the Hornets. The end was 3-2 in the shoot out.

Bryant coach Jason Hay had positive things to say about the game.

"I can't complain at all,” he said. “The kids played there guts out. We'll just have to regroup and get ready for Thursday. We'll get there."

So as the roller coaster of a season continues, the boys are going to have to continue to dig deep and show just how much they want it.

Thursday, they travel to Conway to take on the Wampus Cats in another 7A-Central outing.

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