Wausau, WI – The Wausau Cyclones took on the Willmar WarHawks over the  weekend as the Cyclones looked to extend their 4-game winning streak and  extend their points lead over Milwaukee for a playoff spot. Wausau picked up a  big 4-2 win on Friday and fell 2-1 in overtime Saturday, which moved their  season record to (15-17-1-1). After earning 3 of 4 points possible on the weekend combined with a pair of Milwaukee losses Wausau now has an eight-point lead  for the final playoff spot with just 13 games remaining. 

Friday night Wausau was held scoreless until 11:35 of the first period when  forward Dane Johnson netted his second goal of the season. Willmar tied the  game at one a piece with a goal by Mason Hendrickson at 8:38 of the second  period. The Cyclones answered right back just 34 seconds later as Gage Vierzba  netted his 18th goal of the season. 

The third period saw Willmar tie things up at two when Mikhail Kukareka got the  puck past tender Mitch Miscevich. Gage Vierzba provided the game winner at  12:25 of the third period as he scored a beautiful wrap around goal past the  Willmar tendy. Cyclones goalie Mitch Miscevich provided a rare goalie emply netter to give Wausau the 4-2 win. Miscevich earned the win by stopping 29 of  31 shots he faced. 

Saturday night’s game was a offensive struggle throughout much of the night.  Willmar got on the board first at 2:31 of the first period with a goal by forward Will  Anderson. The game then remained goal free until the 19-minute mark of the  second period when Cullen Moehring scored his sixth of the season. After a  scoreless third period the contest went into overtime. In the overtime Max  Cohen netted the game winner at 2:46 of the extra frame giving Willmar a  weekend series split. Wausau goaltender Zach Dosan took the loss after  stopping 31 of 33 shots.

Catch the Cyclones back on the home ice this Saturday at 7:10pm. Stay  connected this season by following the Cyclones @wausaucyclones on  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and online at wausaucyclones.com.  Subscribe to the Cyclones podcast “Inside Cyclones Hockey”, available on your  favorite podcast network.