LAS VEGAS – Cincinnati Cyclones rookie David Desharnais scored a goal and added two assists to be a part of all the scoring in a 4-2 win over Las Vegas on Thursday night.
The Cyclones took a 2-1 series lead in the Kelly Cup Finals.
Cedrick Desjardins stopped 26 shots and had an assist in the triumph. The victory ended a six-game home winning streak for Las Vegas.
Game 4 of the best-of seven series will be at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
This marks the first time in 35 years that a Cincinnati pro hockey team has competed in its league finals. The last team to compete for a championship was the 1973 Cincinnati Swords, who captured the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup in five games over Nova Scotia.
Las Vegas scored the only goal of the first period, a power-play tally, 12:14 into the frame. Rookie Brandon Kaleniecki picked up his second score of the postseason, slipping the puck past Cyclones netminder Desjardins as Kelly Czuy and Jason Krischuk added the assists. The shots on goal favored the Wranglers, 8-5.
Cincinnati then exploded for three goals in a 6:18 stretch to grab the lead. Jean-Michel Daoust opened the scoring for the Cyclones at 12:34, from Desharnais and Desjardins. Then, a bit more than 2 1/2 minutes later, Matt Syroczynski picked up his sixth score of the Kelly Cup playoffs from Desharnais on the power play to tie the game.