April 16, 2010 - ECHL (ECHL) - Cincinnati Cyclones
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - Cincinnati Cyclones rookie forward Brett Robinson's first professional playoff goal broke a 3-3 tie with the Charlotte Checkers on Friday night and gave the club a win. With 4:22 left to play in the game, Robinson's 55-foot shot from just inside the blueline gave the club its first- and only- lead of the night. Cincinnati twice rallied from two goal deficits to earn their third come-from-behind win of this postseason.
Cincinnati leads the best of seven American Conference Semifinals series, one game to none over Charlotte. Game two will be played here tomorrow night. The victory was the Cyclones third away from U.S. Bank Arena of the postseason- most of any team in the Kelly Cup playoffs.
Charlotte grabbed a 2-1 first period lead. The Checkers scored the first two goals of the contest- both on the power play. David Marshall collected his third goal at 11:07, as Daniel Tkaczuk and Kevin Schaeffer had the assists. The lead extended when Kenny Roche's second of the playoffs found the net at 14:15. Cincinnati got on the board when Dustin Sproat notched his second from the left wing side at 16:00. Brett Motherwell sent the puck cross ice from the top of the right circle to Sproat. Brett Robinson had the other assist. The shots were even at nine each.
The teams exchanged goals in the middle stanza to give Charlotte a 3-2 edge into the third. Max Taylor came out of the penalty box and led a three-on-two charge into the Cincinnati end, 2:06 into the frame. Taylor's fourth goal was assisted by Michel Leveille and Julien Brouillette. Later, during a Checkers power play- Matt Pierce poked a puck away from Kenny Roche and recovered it deep in the Charlotte end on the right wing side and slid it to the top of the goal crease for Max Lacroix to tip past Ryan Munce at 16:36. Cincinnati led the shots, 7-4, in the term.
The Cyclones scored both third period goals to claim the triumph. Brett Motherwell's first playoff goal at 9:25 deflected off of his right arm from a Kevin Roeder shot in the right corner. That score tied the game at three each. Brett Robinson's first pro playoff goal at 15:38 proved to be the game winner. Robinson took a pass from Jimmy Kilpatrick in the neutral zone and stepped across the blueline and fired the shot that eluded Munce. The shots again favored Cincinnati, 8-6, in the period and 24-19 for the game.
Jeremy Smith picked up the win with a 16 save effort, while Ryan Munce lost with a 20 save performance. Charlotte was two-for-six on the power play, while Cincinnati was zero-for-four with the man-advantage.
Charlotte won the American Conference regular season championship and South Division titles with a 43-21-8 record. The Checkers were a conference-best 25-8-3 in games at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Charlotte is the number one seed in the conference playoffs and knocked out Toledo in the opening round of the postseason in four games. Cincinnati finished second in the North Division with a 44-25-3 record and dropped the fourth-seeded and defending Kelly Cup champion South Carolina Stingrays in five games. The Cyclones are the fifth-seeded team in the conference playoffs.
The next game of the Cincinnati Cyclones USA Collision Centers postseason will be the second game of this best of seven series, played at Charlotte tomorrow night (April 17) at 7pm. The game will be carried on the internet at www.cycloneshockey.com and broadcast on ESPN 1530.
Tickets for the 2010-11 Cincinnati Cyclones season are now on sale, as well as the games in the American Conference Semifinal round. The Cyclones Sales Department can be reached at 513-421-PUCK, extension 3. All road Kelly Cup playoff games will be carried on ESPN 1530 and on the club's website at: www.cycloneshockey.com.