The Cincinnati Cyclones were battling the Reading Royals at US Bank Arena, Saturday Night. It was game 5, the Royals lead the series 3-1. The Cyclones were trying to stay alive in the series, and keep their Kelly Cup hopes alive. The Royals were trying to advance to the ECHL Eastern Conference Finals.
Both teams played great defense in the 1st period, neither team gave up a goal.
In the 2nd period at the 7:08 mark, Reading would get on the board with a goal by Ian O’Connor. He fired it from the right circle, his shot just went under Cincy’s goaltender, Houser’s, legs. A few minutes later, with 11:28 left in the middle frame, Kirk MacDonald made the score 2-0 after shooting one between Michael Houser’s legs.
With just under four minutes left in the 2nd period, Dan Eves put the Cyclones on the board, it was 2-1.
The game was very intense to start the 3rd. A lot was on the line for both squads, and it was a tight game between two great teams. The ‘Clones were looking for the equalizer, while the Royals were looking for some insurance.
Well, the Royals got their insurance via T.J. Syner. The score was 3-1.
The Cyclones attempted to rally, but their efforts did nothing to help the game.
The Cyclones’ season has ended. The Reading Royals will play in the ECHL Eastern Conference Championship Series.
Professional hockey will not return to Cincinnati until mid-October.