Johnstown Takes 5-2 Verdict From Cincinnati
JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania - The Johnstown Chiefs got a pair of goals from Ryan Del Monte in taking a 5-2 win over the Cincinnati Cyclones on Friday night. The decision creates a tie for first place in the North Division, as Cincinnati and Johnstown each have 71 points. The top four teams in the division advance to the Kelly Cup playoffs in four weeks. Two points separate the top five teams in the North.
Johnstown scored the lone goal of the first period when Petr Pohl netted his 27th goal of the season on the power play at 12:59. Pohl worked from the left halfwall into the slot and while drifting right fired a shot past Ryan Nie. Blair Yaworski and Sean Berkstresser added the assists. Nie came up big later in the period when he stopped a penalty shot awarded to Ryan Del Monte at 17:20 of the period to keep the game at a one goal deficit. The shots on goal favored Cincinnati, 12-8, in the opening term.
The Cyclones leveled the scores 45 seconds into the middle frame, as Matt Syroczynski collected his 16th goal from Bryan O'Hanley. Johnstown scored the next two goals to grab a 3-1 edge. Andrew Sarauer's 16th goal at 4:09 on the power play gave the Chiefs the lead and a Ryan Del Monte score at 18:14, his 14th, put Johnstown back up by two. Cincinnati cut the deficit to 3-2 when Dustin Sproat tipped in a Jason Woll shot at 19:15-his tenth of the year. Brandon Scero got the other assist on the score. Johnstown outshot the Cyclones, 11-8, in the period.
Johnstown scored a pair of third period goals to pull away and take the decision at 5-2. Ryan Del Monte's second of the evening and 15th of the season at 6:58 extended the lead to 4-2. The final goal came at 9:41 when Andy Contois picked up his tenth of the campaign. The shots on goal were even at ten apiece in the final frame and Cincinnati won the shot battle for the night at 30-29.
Cyclones goaltender Ryan Nie posted a 16-2-3 record at the Cambria County War Memorial last season and from January 1, 2008 to the end of the regular season was 13-0-3 with three shutouts. Tonight's game was his first action in the arena since facing Cincinnati in the opening round of the Kelly Cup playoffs last season. The Cyclones swept the Chiefs in four games-including a pair of wins in Johnstown. He took the loss, stopping 24 shots. Sebastian Dahm collected the win, turning aside 28 shots.
The Cyclones are now 33-23-5 on the season, while Johnstown is 34-24-3. The Cyclones enjoy a day off tomorrow and will play at Trenton on Sunday (March 15) in a 4pm matinee (internet broadcast only at www.cycloneshockey.com). The club returns to U.S. Bank Arena for games against the Gwinnett Gladiators on Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19 at 7:30pm each night.
Tickets for the 2008-09 Cincinnati Cyclones season are now on sale. The Cyclones Sales Department can be reached at 513-421-PUCK, extension 3. For the latest news, notes and information on the team, visit: www.cycloneshockey.com . Ask about the Family Four Pack (four tickets, four hot dogs, four Pepsis, four Cyclones winter hats, four public skate passes at SportsPlus and a SportsPlus game card) for just $69!
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