The Cincinnati Cyclones (26-25-6-3) opened their road trip in style by disposing of the South Carolina Stingrays (33-25-2-2) by a 4-1 score at North Charleston Coliseum on Wednesday night.
After a scoreless opening period, the Cyclones jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 42 seconds into the middle frame as Dustin Sproat blasted home a power play one-timer past Stingrays goalie Shane Owen (L, 27 saves, 7-4-1-1). Cincinnati's man-advantage struck again at the 14:01 mark when Casey Pierro-Zabotel poked the puck into the net during a frantic scramble in front, giving Cincinnati a 2-0 lead through 40 minutes.
The Stingrays answered back with a power play tally of their own as Nikita Kashirsky sent a shot over Cyclones goalie Brian Foster (W, 23 saves, 4-3-0) and into the net, pulling within a goal. Luckily, Cincinnati was able to regain their cushion as Jake Hauswirth and Sproat each potted goals just 3:24 apart to extend their lead to 4-1. They would hold on to win it by the same score.
Mathieu Aubin recorded a pair of assists in the game and now leads the Cyclones with 12 multi-point contests. For Sproat, it was his third multi-goal game of the year and his seventh multi-point game. Cincinnati record is now 3-0-1 against the Stingrays in 2010-11.