Four goals in the first, including a hat trick by Kris Bennett, caused the Cyclones to fall short in Iowa by a 5-0 final in the 'Clones first ever game at Xstream Arena Friday night. 

The Cyclones are 32-27-3-0 on the season with 10 games to play. Iowa continues to try and find a way to sneak into the playoffs, improving to 27-26-7-1.

  • With Matt Cairns in the penalty box for interference, Cole Stallard picked up a power play goal to give the Heartlanders a 1-0 lead just over five minutes into the first. Stallard knocked a rebound by Sean Bonar thanks to the initial shot by Yuki Miura.
  • The remainder of the first frame belonged to Heartlanders Captain, Kris Bennett, who notched a natural hat trick, scoring his three goals in an 8:26 span.
  • Sean Bonar exited the game after the first period. He made 14 saves. Michael Houser stepped in for the middle period, but was beat on a power play tally from Ryan Kuffner 14:51 into the second, giving Iowa the 5-0 lead.
  • Houser played well in relief, turning aside 20 of 21 shots faced. His highlight save came during a penalty shot while facing Miura in the third period.
  • Corbin Kaczperski stopped all shots faced from Cincinnati. The 'Clones biggest threats came late in the first, when Kaczperski made a glove save on Luc Brown who was on a breakaway, followed by a third period chance from Zack Andrusiak that hit the post.

The Cyclones conclude their weekend in Iowa with a rematch against the Heartlanders Saturday night.

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