By Shannon Russell
Cincinnati Enquirer Contributor
CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Cyclones didn’t waste much time showing their mettle in the Kelly Cup Finals.
The Cyclones netted three first-period power-play goals that set the tone in a 4-2 defeat of the Las Vegas Wranglers Saturday night at U.S. Bank Arena.
The ‘Clones enter Sunday’s 7:30 p.m. Game 2 with a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship series.
Cyclones standout David Desharnais scored two goals and added an assist, and Bryan Schmidt and Mathieu Aubin added goals that delighted a playoff-record crowd of 8,676. Three of the goals came on the power play.
Coach Chuck Weber said special teams play helped launch the Cyclones in the right direction.
“Burying that first (goal) really created some space for us and really got us off to the right start,” Weber said.
“We got a lot of shots off and we were able to take away (goalie Kevin) Lalande’s eyes, which I thought was a big key. If he sees pucks, he’s going to save them.”