Cyclones Playoff Game Preview - Cincinnati vs. Orlando
CINCINNATI CYCLONES (2-0 PLAYOFFS)
ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS (0-2 PLAYOFFS)
CINCINNATI LEADS BEST-OF-SEVEN SERIES, 2-0
DATE: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
TIME: 7:30pm ET
SITE: U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH
BROADCAST: CyclonesHockey.com (America One), Cyclones Mobile App
Cincinnati Cyclones: Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators
Orlando Solar Bears: Minnesota Wild, Toronto Maple Leafs
NEXT HOME GAME (After Tonight)
Friday, April 25 vs. Orlando Solar Bears
GAME 4 - EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS / $1 JOHN MORRELL HOT DOGS
TONIGHT'S MATCHUP: After winning back-to-back games in the Sunshine State, the Cyclones return home to resume their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal bout with the Orlando Solar Bears. Tonight, it's Game 3 of this best-of-seven series at U.S. Bank Arena. Since 2007, the Cyclones are 26-20 in playoff action in Downtown Cincinnati.
TONIGHT'S PROMOTION: WET WEDNESDAY - All fans 21+ can enjoy $1 PBR and Miller High Life all night long!
SCOUTING THE SOLAR BEARS: Vince Williams' club relinquished home ice advantage and now heads on the road for the first time in postseason play. During the regular season, the Solar Bears ranked toward the middle of the pack away from the Amway Center, going 19-15-0-2. Through two games of this series, Cody Wild, Mickey Lang, and Kory Nagy are tied for the team lead with two points apiece. Both of Orlando's goaltenders earned time between the pipes last week. In Game 1, Maxime Clermont suffered the defeat as he surrendered four goals on 26 Cincinnati shots. In Game 2, it was Cody Reichard who was handed his first pro playoff loss after allowing five lamplighters on 33 shots.
LAST HEAD-TO-HEAD MEETING: APRIL 20, 2014: Byron Froese's hat trick and five-point night highlighted a Cyclones 7-3 rout of the Solar Bears in front of 4,743 at Amway Center. The victory gave the Cyclones a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Barry Almeida enjoyed a three-point night while Rob Madore made 30 saves to earn his second victory of the series.
Hats Off for Froese: On Sunday in Game 2, Cyclones forward Byron Froese became just the third player in club history to net a playoff hat trick. In addition, he set a club record with five points (3g, 2a) in a single game.
Lucky 7's: Scoring seven goals in a playoff game is not an easy task. In fact, Game 2 was the first time since the 2010 playoff year that Cincinnati has eclipsed the seven-goal plateau. They last did it on April 21, 2010 when they scored nine goals against the Charlotte Checkers. Sunday's showing was the best by any ECHL team this playoff year.
PLAYOFF SERIES AT A GLANCE:
Game 1 at Orlando - Cincinnati 4 - Orlando 2 Final
Game 2 at Orlando - Cincinnati 7 - Orlando 3 Final
Game 3 at Cincinnati - Wed. April 23 - 7:30pm at U.S. Bank Arena
Game 4 at Cincinnati - Fri. April 25 - 7:30pm at U.S. Bank Arena
Game 5 at Cincinnati - Sat. April 26 - 7:30pm at U.S. Bank Arena*
Game 6 at Orlando - Tues. April 29 - 7:00pm at Amway Center*
Game 7 at Orlando - Wed. April 30 - 7:00pm at Amway Center*
(* if necessary)
REGULAR SEASON SERIES (1-1)
Nov. 13 - Orlando 4 at Cincinnati 2 Final
Mar. 26 - Cincinnati 5 at Orlando 1 Final
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