Cyclones Playoff Game Preview - Cincinnati vs. Greenville
CINCINNATI CYCLONES (9-4 PLAYOFFS) vs. GREENVILLE ROAD WARRIORS (8-5 PLAYOFFS)
CIN LEADS BEST-OF-SEVEN SERIES, 1-0
DATE: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 TIME: 7:35pm ET SITE: U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH BROADCAST: CyclonesHockey.com (America One), Cyclones Mobile App
NHL AFFILIATES Cincinnati Cyclones: Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators Greenville Road Warriors: New York Rangers
NEXT HOME GAME (After Tonight) TUESDAY, MAY 27 - 7:35pm (if necessary) GAME 6 - EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS / BIG BEER TUESDAY
TONIGHT'S MATCHUP: With a strong showing in the series opener last night, the Cyclones now own a 1-0 lead in these Eastern Conference Finals and will look to make it two in a row before heading down to Greenville. Monday night marked the sixth time in these playoffs that Cincinnati has eclipsed the four-goal plateau in a game; they are 6-0 in such situations.
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SCOUTING THE ROAD WARRIORS: Dean Stork's club allowed four goals for just the second time this postseason despite scoring the game's opening tally last night. Kyle Jean notched the lone Greenville goal in the first period to extend his point streak to an impressive four games. He ranks sixth on the team with seven points (5g, 2a) in 10 contests. Andrew Yogan, who earned an assist on the strike, is tied for the top spot on the team scoring-wise with Andrew Rowe - both have collected 12 points this playoff year. Goaltender Jason Missiaen, who came into the series with a 1.85 goals-against average, surrendered four goals on 32 shots in Game 1 to dip his playoff record to 7-4.
LAST HEAD TO HEAD MATCH-UP: MAY 19, 2014 - A hat trick from Josh Shalla was more than enough to lift the Cyclones over the Road Warriors by a 4-1 final score in front of 1,537 at U.S. Bank Arena. Thanks to his three tallies on the night, Shalla became the postseason goal-scoring leader for Cincinnati with eight total, surpassing his teammate Wade Megan's seven lamplighters. Byron Froese turned in a three-point performance in the win, increasing his team lead in the category to 18. Goaltender Rob Madore, who has started in every playoff game, was solid in net again; he turned aside all but one of the 32 shots he faced in the tilt, including a close, shorthanded chance in the first period.
Busy Between the Pipes: Clones goalie Rob Madore has been among the busiest backstops in the ECHL this postseason. His 822 minutes played and 397 saves are the most of any goaltender this playoff year. The second-year pro ranks fourth on the club's all-time playoff games played list.
Movin' On Up: Cyclones forward Byron Froese has rapidly placed himself among the best in club history with playoff scoring. He has collected a team-leading 18 points (6g, 12a) this year - which places him tied for 10th most on the all-time list. With his three points on Monday night, he leads the ECHL this playoff year in points, third in goals and second in assists.
PLAYOFF SERIES AT A GLANCE: Game 1 at Cincinnati - Greenville 1, Cincinnati 4 - Final Game 2 at Cincinnati - Tues., May 20, 7:35pm - U.S. Bank Arena Game 3 at Greenville - Thur., May 22, 7:00pm - Bon Secours Wellness Arena Game 4 at Greenville - Sat., May 24, 7:00pm - Bon Secours Wellness Arena Game 5 at Greenville - Sun., May 25, 3:00pm - Bon Secours Wellness Arena* Game 6 at Cincinnati - Tues., May 27, 7:35pm - U.S. Bank Arena* Game 7 at Cincinnati - Wed., May 28, 7:35pm - U.S. Bank Arena* (* if necessary)
REGULAR SEASON SERIES (CIN RECORD: 1-1) Nov. 15 - Greenville 1 at Cincinnati 2 Final SO Feb. 24 - Cincinnati 3 at Greenville 5 Final
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