Cincinnati Leads Series 3-0
Cyclones Beat Elmira 4-2

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.

Cyclones’ netminder Ryan Nie made a brilliant glove save, stopping Steve Yetman on a breakaway 15 seconds after Korchinski’s goal, keeping his team in the game. Nie stopped 24 of 26 shots.

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.”