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Cyclones Game Preview - Cincinnati vs. Gwinnett

April 27, 2013 | View Comments

Cyclones Game Preview - Cincinnati vs. Gwinnett
CINCINNATI CYCLONES (6-4 PLAYOFFS)
vs.
GWINNETT GLADIATORS (6-2 PLAYOFFS)

BEST-OF-SEVEN SERIES TIED 2-2


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DATE: Saturday, April 27, 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)
Tuesday, April 30 vs. Gwinnett Gladiators - 7:30pm (If necessary)
KELLY CUP EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS - GAME 6 / $2 24-OUNCE BEERS


TONIGHT'S MATCHUP: In a series that has gone back and forth from the start, the Cincinnati Cyclones and Gwinnett Gladiators battle it out in Game 5 of the Eastern Semifinals tonight even at two games apiece. The match-up has been played very close, offensively, with the Cyclones holding a slim 10-9 edge in the goal-scoring category.

TONIGHT'S PROMOTION: $1 John Morrell Hot Dogs!

SCOUTING THE GLADIATORS: John Wroblewski’s club answered back last night after getting shutout in Game 3 on Wednesday. Former Cyclone Casey Pierro-Zabotel finally came alive with a three point night in Game 4 while Scott Arnold contributed with two assists. With “CPZ” notching a goal and two helpers, he pulled into a tie with Ryan Ginand for the team lead in offense with eight points this postseason. Louis Domingue made a series-high 39 saves last night to earn his sixth pro playoff win. He is now 6-2 with a goals-against average of 1.92 - the fourth best mark among all ECHL goaltenders.

About Game 4 vs. Gwinnett: The Gladiators evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals series at two games apiece by defeating the Cyclones by a 4-2 final score in front of 2,302 at U.S. Bank Arena. Former Cyclone Casey Pierro-Zabotel had his first three point of the series to lift his team to the win.

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 combined for 32 points. Pacan and Lewis are currently tied for third in the ECHL playoffs in scoring.

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 15-10 in the final stanza and 25-15 in the final two regulation periods.

The Helping Hand: Cyclones rookie Trevor Lewis has been among the best this postseason in terms of assists. His eight “helpers” rank tied for the most among all ECHL players. Cincinnati is 6-2 when he registers a point.

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 – Cincinnati 2, GWINNETT 4 - Final
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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