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Posted - 05/20/2010 :  11:15:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit cloneinator's Homepage
Cyclones Eighth Comeback Win Drops Idaho, 3-2

Date: 05/21/2010

CINCINNATI, Ohio The Cincinnati Cyclones exploded for goals 53 seconds apart in the third period to close out the scoring in a 3-2 win over the Idaho Steelheads on Thursday night. Robert Mayer steered away 27 shots to pick up his fifth victory of the postseason, while Reid Cashman and Dustin Sproat scored the third stanza markers. It was the eighth come-from-behind win of the postseason for Cincinnati and the second in these Kelly Cup Finals.

This was the fourth game of the 2010 Kelly Cup Finals featuring the American Conference champion Cincinnati Cyclones and the National Conference winner Idaho Steelheads. The best of seven series continues tomorrow night at U.S. Bank Arena with the fifth game at 7:30pm. The Cyclones lead the series three games to one. It will be the final home game of the 2010 USA Collision Centers postseason for Cincinnati. With a victory on Friday night, the Cyclones can clinch the Kelly Cup championship.

Idaho scored the only goal of the first period. With Brock Sheahan serving a roughing penalty, John Swansons drive from the point snuck through traffic for his eighth goal of the postseason at 19:41. Kevin DeVergilio and Cody Lampl had the assists on the power play. The shots on goal favored the Steelheads, 11-5, in the period.

The teams exchanged second period goals, as Jason Jozsa ripped a shot from just inside the center point for his first of the postseason. The score at 3:30 came from Jimmy Kilpatrick and Mark Van Guilder. Idahos second power play goal of the night at 3:30 came from Marty Flichel, whose sixth goal of the playoffs came from the top of the right circle on a cross ice pass from Dustin Friesen with a second assist given to Evan Barlow. The shots favored the Steelheads, 8-5, in the frame.

Cincinnati tied the game at 5:44 when Reid Cashman picked up his second goal of the playoffs on a blast from the center point on the power play. Mark Van Guilder and Mathieu Aubin had the assists on the score. Just 53 seconds later, at 6:37, Dustin Sproat notched his tenth of the playoffs for the game winner. The play developed when Ian McKenzie collected a turnover at the Idaho blueline and skated the puck down the wall on the left wing side. McKenzie hesitated until Sproat came streaking up the right wing side and then slid the puck cross ice into the right faceoff circle for the shot that decided the game. Idaho played the final 1:38 with goaltender Rejean Beauchemin on the bench and had an extra advantage when Cashman was in the penalty box for the final 45.7 seconds. The shots on goal favored the Steelheads, 10-5, in the third period and 29-15 for the game.

The 15 shots on goal by the Cyclones tied a Kelly Cup record for fewest in a Finals game. Ironically, Idaho fired 15 shots in game five of the 2007 Kelly Cup Finals. The Steelheads scored on four of them and took home the trophy that night with the series win at the Nutter Center.

Robert Mayer took the victory with a 27 save efforthis fifth of the playoffs, while Rejean Beauchemin stopped just twelve shots in the defeat. Idaho was two-for-four on the power play, while Cincinnati was one-for-four.

The crowd of 5678 was the largest of the 2010 Kelly Cup postseason, surpassing the 5603 that saw Victoria play at Bakersfield on April 10. It was the fourth-largest crowd in Cyclones playoff history and the club is now averaging 3391 fans per postseason contest, fifth-best in the Kelly Cup playoffs. The Cyclones have already set a team record for combined attendance between the regular season and playoffs, attracting 177,225 fans.

Tonights game was also the 23rd Kelly Cup playoff game, surpassing the club record of 22 postseason games played by the 2008 championship team. The 23 ECHL playoff games also equal the league record set by South Carolina in its title run a year ago. When Cincinnati and Idaho meet tomorrow night, the Cyclones will have played more postseason games than any team in the 22-year history of the league.

The Cyclones posted a 44-25-3 record in the regular season and entered the postseason as the fifth placed team in the American Conference. Cincinnati upset fourth-seeded and defending Kelly Cup champion South Carolina in the opening round. The best of five series went the full five conteststhe last three being decided in overtime, all at Charleston. In the semifinals, the Cyclones went a full seven games before knocking off Charlottethe regular season American Conference champion. Cincinnati claimed the American Conference championship after rallying from a 3-0 deficit in the series with Reading and winning the final four games to advance.

Idaho had the ECHLs best regular season record with a 48-17-7 mark and took the Brabham Cup. The Steelheads enjoyed a first round bye and then swept Utah in four games before dispatching Stockton in six games. Idaho is looking to become the first team in ECHL history to record three Kelly Cup championships in a seven year span.

Tickets for the 2010-11 Cincinnati Cyclones season are now on sale, as well as for this final round of the USA Collision Centers playoff chase. The Cyclones Sales Department can be reached at 513-421-PUCK, extension 3. All road Kelly Cup playoff games will be carried on ESPN 1530 and on the clubs website at:

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Posted - 05/21/2010 :  12:27:38 AM  Show Profile  Send XcloneiacX an AOL message
Crazy, but amazing game.

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Posted - 05/21/2010 :  12:55:27 AM  Show Profile
For anyone that hadn't noticed. Texas beat Hamilton in OT tonight in the Calder Cup playoffs, so Idaho won't be getting any goalie help until at least Sunday. If that series goes a full seven games, it will wrap up next Wednesday, the same day as the hopefully unnecessary game seven of the Kelly Cup Finals.
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Posted - 05/21/2010 :  12:00:57 PM  Show Profile
I believe Texas' other goalie is due to be back on Saturday, so Idaho could get Bachman back for Games 6 & 7, if it comes to that. *crosses fingers and prays*

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Posted - 05/21/2010 :  12:45:39 PM  Show Profile
8 comeback!!!!!

The irony for me is that before the playoffs, Hamel said on Fuhrman's show a difference between this years Clones and the Cup winners of '08 is that the Cup team could overcome and comeback and Hamel said he didn't think this years team had that in them..... boy I'm sure he doesn't mind being wrong about that assessment! :)
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