Jackals Sneak by Cyclones, 3-2
ELMIRA, New York – Eric Lampe had a goal and an assist for the Elmira Jackals (11-3-4-0) as they sneak past the Cincinnati Cyclones (7-6-5-1) by a 3-2 final score in front of 2,909 at First Arena on Saturday night. It was Cincinnati’s first regulation loss since November 3.
Cincinnati was whistled for 13 minutes of penalties in the opening period, allowing Elmira to use the power play four times. On their third man advantage of the frame, A.J. Perry blasted home his fifth of the season past Cyclones goalie Chet Pickard (L, 22 saves, 1-4-2-0) to give the Jackals a 1-0 lead – which they carried into the first intermission.
Scott Lehman provided the equalizer for the Cyclones at the 4:54 mark of the second period when he joined the play and wristed a laser past Elmira netminder Marco Cousineau (W, 32 saves, 7-2-4-0). Unfortunately, the Jackals were able to regain their lead at the 11:57 mark when Andrew Sweetland banged home his team-leading ninth goal of the season to give Elmira a 2-1 lead. Just 0:52 later, Eric Lampe came free along the goal line and tipped home a cross-ice pass for a 3-1 Jackals advantage.
Just 35 seconds into the third period, Barret Ehgoetz pulled his team within a goal when he tipped home a T.J. Fast slap shot to make it 3-2. However, the Jackals defense played shutout hockey the rest of the way, thwarting Cincinnati’s comeback hopes in the final minutes to seal a 3-2 victory.
The Cyclones Radio Network Three Stars of the Game are as follows:
1. Marco Cousineau (Winning goalie, 32 saves)
2. Eric Lampe (one goal, one assists for Elmira)
3. A.J. Perry (goal, +1 for Elmira)
The Cyclones will wrap up their lengthy road trip tomorrow afternoon with a matinee battle against the Trenton Devils at 4:00pm. Hear all the action of the game live on CyclonesHockey.com beginning at 3:45pm.
The defending Kelly Cup Champions return to U.S. Bank Arena on Friday, December 3 for Scout Night and the opener of a two-game set with the Florida Everblades at 7:30pm. In addition to $1 John Morrell Hot Dogs, the first 3,000 fans through the gates will receive a Cyclones poster. It’s also Weiner Dog race night, with an intermission race featuring some local Tri-State canines. Discounted ticket packages and single game tickets for the 2010-2011 season are available now. For more information, call 513.421.PUCK (7825) or visit CyclonesHockey.com.
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