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Cyclones Game Preview - Cincinnati vs. Gwinnett

April 24, 2013 | View Comments

Cyclones Game Preview - Cincinnati vs. Gwinnett
CINCINNATI CYCLONES (5-3 PLAYOFFS)
vs.
GWINNETT GLADIATORS (5-1 PLAYOFFS)

BEST-OF-SEVEN SERIES TIED 1-1


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DATE: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
TIME: 7:30pm ET
SITE: U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH
WEBCAST: CyclonesHockey.com (America One)
RADIO: FM 100 THE FAN (100.3 FM)

NHL AFFILIATES
Cincinnati Cyclones: Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators
Gwinnett Gladiators: Phoenix Coyotes

NEXT HOME GAME (After Tonight)
Friday, April 26 vs. Gwinnett Gladiators - 7:30pm
KELLY CUP EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS - GAME 4 / $3 SUMMER SHANDY BEER


TONIGHT'S MATCHUP: After splitting the first two games down south, the Cyclones are back home for the remainder of these Eastern Conference Semifinals as they welcome the Gwinnett Gladiators to U.S. Bank Arena. Tonight it’s Game 3 of the best-of-seven match-up. Including regular season play, this will be just the sixth meeting all-time between the two clubs in the Queen City, with the Clones owning a 3-2 record since 2006-07.

TONIGHT'S PROMOTION: WET WEDNESDAY - Fans 21+ can enjoy $1 PBR and Miller High Life all night long!

SCOUTING THE GLADIATORS: John Wroblewski’s club evened the series with a 3-0 victory in Game 2 this past Sunday. Five different players have notched two points for the Gladiators in the series, with Domenic Monardo scoring goals in each. And although he’s been held to just one assist this series, Ryan Ginand is the team leader of offense - posting eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in six postseason games. Gwinnett’s power play continues to be a major asset in these playoffs; so far, they have converted on 7 of the 21 man advantage chances - the best unit in the ECHL. Between the pipes, Louis Domingue has been their workhorse, with a 5-1 record thus far. His 1.50 goals-against average ranks fourth among all playoff goalies while his two shutouts are tied for the most in the league.

A Tenacious Trio: The Cyclones have found some great success from David Pacan, Mike Embach, and Trevor Lewis during these playoffs. While spending most of the time on the same line, the three Cincinnati forwards have each notched eight points in as many games. Their totals are tied for fourth among all ECHL postseason players.

A Hero Returns: The Cyclones received a major offensive boost this week with the return of forward Josh Shalla. The rookie was among Cincinnati’s top point producers this season, notching 28 points in 37 games. Of those tallies, he collected a team-high seven game-winning goals.

Saving the Best For Last: Cincinnati’s postseason offensive tendencies have held true to the regular season statistics. The bulk of its offense has come in the third period; they are outscoring opponents 12-10 in the final stanza and 18-13 in the final two regulation periods.

PLAYOFF SERIES AT A GLANCE
Game 1 – at Gwinnett – CINCINNATI 3, Gwinnett 2 - Final
Game 2 – at Gwinnett – Cincinnati 0, GWINNETT 3 - Final
Game 3 – at Cincinnati – Wednesday, April 24 – 7:30pm
Game 4 – at Cincinnati – Friday, April 26 - 7:30pm
Game 5 – at Cincinnati – Saturday, April 27 – 7:30pm*
Game 6 – at Cincinnati – Tuesday, April 30 – 7:30pm*
Game 7 – at Cincinnati – Wednesday, May 1 – 7:30pm*
* if necessary

REGULAR SEASON SERIES (Final Record, 1-1)
Feb. 10 Cincinnati 3 at Gwinnett 2 Final
Mar. 20 Cincinnati 3 at Gwinnett 5 Final

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