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Cyclones Demolish IceMen, 5-2
March 9, 2013 | View Comments
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Matt Smyth registered his first professional hat trick to help lift the Cincinnati Cyclones (40-17-5-2) past the Evansville IceMen (22-35-2-3) by a 5-2 final score in front of 7,146 at U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday night.
Cincinnati drew first blood at 9:44 when Matt Smyth buried his fourth goal of the season on the power play during a mad scramble at the net. The IceMen answered back, though, at 17:50 as Dylan Clarke tipped home the game-tying strike after redirecting Daniel Tetrault’s point blast. The teams went into the first intermission even at one.
The Cyclones pulled back ahead just 3:10 into the middle stanza as, Jeremy Tucker batted home a rebound for his first goal with Cincinnati, making it 2-1. Then, at 7:42, Smyth caught a beautiful pass from Mathieu Aubin in the high slot and easily lit the lamp for the second time on the night to give his team a 3-1 edge after 40 minutes.
Smyth completed his hat trick by scoring 9:45 into the final frame after rushing over the Evansville blue line and firing a wrist shot past James Reid (L, 34 saves, 1-3-0). Clarke pulled the IceMen to within a pair by redirecting another point shot past Michael Houser (W, 20 saves, 15-5-1) at 14:56. The Cyclones, though, capped off the scoring with an empty net goal by Mike Pelech at 18:37. Aubin notched his third assist of the game on Pelech’s tally, as the Cyclones prevailed 5-2.
The Cyclones Radio Network Stars of the Game are as follows:
First Star: Matt Smyth (3 goals for Cincinnati)
Second Star: Mathieu Aubin (3 assists for Cincinnati)
Third Star: Jeremy Tucker (1 goal for Cincinnati)
After a few days of practice, Cincinnati will embark on a six-game road trip beginning next Friday night in Trenton at 7:05pm. Fans can hear all the action of the game on the Cyclones Radio Network (America One, CyclonesHockey.com) beginning at 6:45pm.
The Cyclones will return to the ice at U.S. Bank Arena on Friday, March 29 when they host the Evansville IceMen at 7:30pm! The game will also feature Cincinnati’s Largest Fish Fry! Call 513.421.PUCK or visit CyclonesHockey.com to reserve your seats! Fans can also get the latest team updates throughout the season on Facebook and Twitter (@CincyCyclones).