After dropping Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to the Orlando Solar Bears inside US Bank Arena the two teams returned to the ice Saturday night for Game 5. With a win the Cincinnati Cyclones would advance to the Semifinals, instead they lost in overtime 3-2.
After going up 3 games to none on the Solar Bears the Cyclones came back to Cincinnati looking for a sweep. That did not happen, dropping Game 4 2-0, the Cyclones looked to avoid another shutout. Their powerful offense showed back up Saturday with 2 goals on 43 shots.
Cincinnati netted their 2 goals in the first period in front of a very tiny crowd at US Bank Arena. Byron Froese scored the first goal for the Cyclones halfway through the first period. The second goal would come less than 90 seconds later when Josh Birkholz scored the Cyclones last goal of the game.
Orlando would score one goal in the second period and the game tying goal in the third period sending the game to overtime. The Solar Bears kept their Kelly Cup title hopes alive with the game winning goal with 5 minutes left in the sudden death overtime period.
Cincinnati has now dropped their last two games while being one game away from advancing. Obviously this is not what the Cyclones wanted, their momentum has been stifled and the are now headed back to Orlando for Game 6 and possibly Game 7 if necessary.
Game 6 will take place on Tuesday April 29th at 7pm from the Amway Center in Orlando. Game 7 will be the following night if necessary.