North Division Finals Preview

American Conference – North Division Finals (Best of Seven)

#1 Cincinnati Cyclones (41-26-5) vs. #3 Elmira Jackals (39-26-7)

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Defending Kelly Cup champion Cincinnati is in the North Division Finals for the third year in a row after beating Wheeling 2-1 in double overtime in Game 7 on Monday. Elmira advanced for the first time in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with a 5-3 win in Game 7 at Trenton on Tuesday becoming only the fourth team in history to win Game 7 on the road. The Cyclones are in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the third year in a row and the fifth time in six seasons while the Jackals have advanced to the postseason both years since joining the league as an expansion team in 2007-08.

The Cyclones are 1-3 at U.S. Bank Arena and 3-0 on the road while Elmira is 2-1 at First Arena and 2-2 on the road. The Jackals, who were 1-0-1 at home and 4-2-1 overall in the regular season against Cincinnati, played three overtime games in their opening series including a 5-4 win in four overtimes in the longest game in league history (126:10) on Apr. 10 at Trenton.

Cincinnati’s Chuck Weber has become the second coach to win a playoff series in each of his first three seasons. Davis Payne won a series in each of his three seasons in Pee Dee from 2000-03 and won a series in each of his four seasons in Alaska from 2004-08. Elmira’s Steve Martinson is the first coach to lead two expansion teams to the Kelly Cup Playoffs with San Diego in 2004 and Elmira in 2008.

Elmira goaltender Michael Teslak is 4-2 and ranks fourth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with a goals-against average of 1.83 and fifth with a save percentage of .942. He is tied for second with one shutout and had a scoreless streak of 178:51 from 10:52 of the third period in Game 1 to 3:33 of the third period in Game 5. Cincinnati goaltender Loic Lacasse is 4-2 with a goals-against average of 2.64 and a save percentage of .902. He has not allowed a goal in the last 60:26.

The Jackals are fifth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on the power play with 20.0 percent (8-for-40) and fifth on the penalty kill with 88.6 percent (31-for-35) while the Cyclones are ninth on the penalty kill with 82.6 percent (38-for-46) and 13th on the power play with 10.8 percent (4-for-37). Elmira is tied for fourth with 3.86 goals per game and is sixth with a goals-against average of 2.86 while Cincinnati is seventh with a goals-against average of 3.00 and 12th with 2.43 goals per game.

Cyclones’ Matt Syroczynski leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs with four power-play goals while Elmira’s Paul McIlveen is first with six power-play assists and six power-play points. Elmira’s Pierre-Luc Faubert has a seven-game point streak (6g-3a) which is tied for the longest in this postseason.

Jimmy Kilpatrick led the Cyclones in the regular season against Elmira with four goals and seven points in five games while Kaleb Betts led the Jackals against Cincinnati with four goals and tied with seven other players for the team lead with five points.

Friday, Apr. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Elmira at Cincinnati

Saturday, Apr. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Elmira at Cincinnati

Wednesday, Apr. 29 at 7:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Elmira

Friday, May 1 at 7:35 p.m.
Cincinnati at Elmira

Saturday, May 2 at 7:35 p.m.
Cincinnati at Elmira (If Necessary)

Tuesday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Elmira at Cincinnati (If Necessary)

Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Elmira at Cincinnati (If Necessary)

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