By Mark Schmetzer
Cincinnati Enquirer Contributor
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati forward Jimmy Kilpatrick scored from the slot 1:46 into sudden-death overtime to give the Cyclones a 5-4 overtime win over the Elmira Jackals Saturday night in the second game of their best-of-seven ECHL North Division playoff series.
Kilpatrick’s second playoff goal, on a rebound of an Ian McKenzie shot, gives the Cyclones a 2-0 lead in the series.
The Cyclones have won three consecutive playoff games, two in overtime.
The series is scheduled to continue with Game 3 Wednesday in Elmira. Game 4 is scheduled for Friday and Game 5 – if necessary – Saturday, also at Elmira.
If the series goes beyond that, Games 6 and 7 are scheduled for May 5 and May 6 at U.S. Bank Arena.
The Cyclones took advantage of a huge break to score the game-tying goal.
The Jackals played 1:16 with a two-man edge late in the third period, but they couldn’t take advantage. An apparent Elmira goal with 23 seconds left in the second penalty was waved off after referee Ryan Sweeney ruled that the puck was kicked into the net.
Jackals team captain Chaz Johnson came off the bench to argue the call and was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he entered the area in front of the scorer’s table that is off-limits to players, setting up the Cyclones’ power play.
Sproat’s power-play goal was Cincinnati’s first in seven opportunities.
Elmira went into the game second in the playoffs in converting power plays and Cincinnati was 11th in penalty killing, but the Jackals couldn’t convert any of their eight power plays.
Faulkner scored his second, third and fourth playoff goals, but the Jackals were able to keep Cincinnati’s top two playoff goal-scorers, Sproat and fellow forward Matt Syroczynski, in check until Sproat tied the game on his sixth playoff goal.
The Cyclones killed four penalties in the first period, but they still went into the second trailing 2-1. Jackals marksman Pierre-Luc Faubert sandwiched his seventh and eighth playoff goals around the second by Faulkner.