By Michelle Dunne
Cincinnati Enquirer Contributor
ELMIRA, N.Y. – The Elmira Jackals’ power play betrayed them, allowing the Cincinnati Cyclones to notch a 4-2 victory Wednesday night at First Arena in Game 3 of their North Division finals series in the ECHL playoffs.
The win gives the Cyclones a 3-0 advantage in the best-of-seven ECHL playoff series.
Cincinnati held Elmira to 0-for-7 on power plays. The Cyclones scored two shorthanded goals against the Jackals – one each in the second and third periods.
Brian O’Hanley scored for the Cyclones on a 3-on-1 short-handed breakaway with 11:14 left in the second period, tying the game at 1 after Chris Korchinski scored for the Jackals at 8:01 of the first period.
Barret Ehgoetz put in the Cyclones’ second short-handed goal with 6:50 left in the game after stealing a pass between two Jackals defensemen, driving up the ice and beating Elmira goalie Michael Teslak. It was Cincinnati’s fourth unanswered goal, giving the Cyclones a 4-1 lead.
“We’re making mistakes and serving them up easy scoring chances that they’re capitalizing on,” Elmira coach Steve Martinson said.
Mike Sgroi, who assisted on Korchinski’s goal in the first, added a goal for the Jackals with 3:58 remaining in the game, making it 4-2.
Teslak, who finished with 22 saves on 26 shots, looked unstoppable in the first period, turning away nine Cincinnati shots that ranged from point-blank stops to blocking a puck while it was spinning around just before the goal line.
Kyle Rank and Matt Syroczynski scored Cincinnati’s second and third goals, respectively. Rank’s was on a 4-on-4, and Syroczynski netted the eventual game-winner with 1:23 remaining in the second period on a Cyclones power play.
Cincinnati can clinch a series sweep with a win Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Elmira, N.Y.
“I don’t think we’re going to get swept at home,” Martinson said. “I think we’re going to bring our best game on Friday night, and anything can happen after that.”