The Cincinnati Cyclones (18-17-5-2) exploded for a three-goal third period en route to a 4-2 victory over the South Carolina Stingrays in front of 5,886 at U.S. Bank Arena on Friday Night.
The Stingrays opened the scoring at 11:29 when a Dustin Stevenson wrist shot beat Cyclones netminder Marc Cheverie (W, 22 saves, 13-8-2-2), giving the visitors a 1-0 lead. Luckily, during a Cyclones power play, Adam Comrie's point blast beat South Carolina goalie Jared DeMichiel (L, 36 saves, 13-7-0-0) to knot the score at one heading into the first intermission.
Despite a couple great scoring chances for both sides in the second period, the teams remained tied at one through 40 minutes of play. Cincinnati, though, had a steep shots-on-goal advantage, leading 30-15 in that department at the second intermission.
Early in the third, the Cyclones exploded for a trio of goals – the first coming just 1:52 into the frame when a Benn Olson point shot redirected off of a Stingray player in front and beat DeMichiel for the go-ahead tally. Only 29 seconds later, Dustin Sproat picked up a loose puck in the corner and sent a shot into the top shelf of the net to extend Cincinnati's lead to 3-1. And they weren't done. During another Cyclones power play, a Comrie slap shot rebounded right to Barret Ehgoetz who easily slammed it home for his 10th goal of the year and a 4-1 Cyclones lead. Although the Stingrays pulled within a pair with a power play goal at the 17:00 mark, the Cyclones easily held on to win by a 4-2 final.