Cyclones Game Preview - Cincinnati vs. Gwinnett
April 26, 2013 | View Comments
GWINNETT GLADIATORS (5-2 PLAYOFFS)
CYCLONES LEAD BEST-OF-SEVEN SERIES 2-1
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DATE: Friday, April 26, 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)
Cincinnati Cyclones: Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators
Gwinnett Gladiators: Phoenix Coyotes
NEXT HOME GAME (After Tonight)
Saturday, April 27 vs. Gwinnett Gladiators - 7:30pm
KELLY CUP EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS - GAME 5 / $1 JOHN MORRELL HOT DOGS
TONIGHT'S MATCHUP: Riding high after their most convincing win of the postseason, the Cyclones are back on the ice tonight for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Jarrod Skalde’s team hung five goals on the Gwinnett Gladiators on Wednesday to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven match-up. Cincinnati has outscored the Glads 8-5 so far in the series.
TONIGHT'S PROMOTION: PUT YOUR SUMMER ON ICE - Fans 21+ can enjoy $3 Summer Shandy Beers!
SCOUTING THE GLADIATORS: John Wroblewski’s club was blanked for the first time since February 1 in Game 3 after being held to less than 25 shots for the second time in the series. Ryan Ginand remains atop the Gladiators scoring leader board with 3 goals and 5 assists in the postseason - although he has been limited to just one point in this series thus far. Goaltender Louis Domingue was chased from the net on Wednesday after making 31 saves on 35 Cincinnati shots, suffering his second defeat of the playoffs. He now has a record of 5-2 with a goals-against average of 1.91.
About Game 3 vs. Gwinnett: Goaltender Michael Houser earned his first professional playoff shutout by turning aside 23 shots as the Cyclones defeated the Gladiators by a 5-0 final score in front of 1,728 at U.S. Bank Arena.
A Rare Feat: Offense can be hard to come by in postseason games. Wednesday night’s 5-0 win was just the second time in club history that they scored the first five goals of a playoff contest. The Cyclones accomplished that feat on May 8, 2010 against the Reading Royals. It also tied this year’s playoff high for goals in a single game.
Four Score and Win: In five of the Cyclones nine games during this postseason, they’ve been able to notch four or more goals. And, not surprisingly, they are 5-0 in such situations.
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 – CINCINNATI 5, Gwinnett 0 - Final
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