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 Swanson's 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.
Idaho's 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 effort—his 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.
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