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Froese's Late Strike Sends Cyclones Past Solar Bears, 2-1

April 23, 2014 - ECHL (ECHL) - Cincinnati Cyclones News Release

CINCINNATI, Ohio - A late goal from Byron Froese and a solid performance between the pipes was enough to lift the Cyclones (3-0 playoffs) over the Orlando Solar Bears (0-3 playoffs) by a 2-1 final score in front of 1,784 at U.S. Bank Arena on Wednesday night. With the victory, the Cyclones take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Hot off a hat trick and a five-point performance in Game 2, Froese converted a timely game-winning goal, inching his team within one game toward advancement. Goaltender Rob Madore (W, 23 saves, 3-0 playoffs) was impressive in net, stopping all but one of the 24 shots he faced in the tilt.

Cincinnati set a fast and furious pace to start the game, spending much of the first period in the offensive zone. After successfully killing a minor penalty to Barry Almeida, the Cyclones continued to pressure Orlando's defense and net minder Maxime Clermont (L, 28 saves, 0-2-0-0). Although the home team outshot their Sunshine State opponent, 15-7, in the frame, the tilt remained scoreless as both clubs headed into the first intermission.

Momentum shifted a bit as the Solar Bears roared to life to begin the second stanza. It wasn't long, however, before the Cyclones stifled Orlando's newfound energy and opened scoring for the third time in the series. When defenseman Mike Dalhuisen blasted a shot from the blue line, Hazen tipped in his second tally of the playoffs at 8:46. The home team successfully killed 30 seconds of four-on-three hockey followed by 1:30 of an Orlando man advantage to close the frame. Despite being outshot 11-9 in the period, Cincinnati entered the final 20 minutes with a one-goal lead.

The Cyclones continued their prowess on the penalty kill in the final frame as they kept Orlando off the scoreboard for another 57 seconds of four-on-three hockey. The Solar Bears spoiled the shutout, however, when Mickey Lang scored the equalizer, his first tally of the playoffs, at 13:20. Fortunately for the home crowd, the Cyclones had the final say as Froese capitalized on an Orlando turnover and lit the lamp for the fourth time in the series at 16:35.

"It was a really tough game, a hard-fought battle, a low-scoring game," said Froese, who was named first star of the contest. "We like that. We like to play our game, keep calm, get pucks on net, and good things will happen."

"We don't want to change anything," he added about Game 4 on Friday. "Our game throughout the series has been really good. I think we've been really steady, really consistent, so I think we're just going to keep with our game and go get them on Friday."

The Cyclones will return to U.S. Bank Arena this Friday to resume their series against the Orlando Solar Bears for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals! All fans can enjoy $1 John Morrell Hot Dogs all night long! Single game playoff tickets and ticket packages are on sale NOW! Call 513.421.PUCK to reserve your seats! Fans can also get the latest team updates throughout the season on Facebook and Twitter (@CincyCyclones).

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