Sunday, April 13, 2003

Cyclones go up 2-0 in series



The Enquirer and wire reports

TOLEDO - The Cincinnati Cyclones continued their amazing run with a 4-2 victory over the Toledo Storm for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 ECHL Northwest Division finals Saturday at the Toledo Sports Arena.

Toledo's Matt Ellis scored his second goal of the game at 1:33 of the third period to cut the deficit to 3-2.

But Cyclones goalie Greg Hewitt held the Storm scoreless the rest of the way.

Cyclones captain Nick Bootland added an empty-net, power-play goal at 18:47 for the final margin.

Game 3 is 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at U.S. Bank Arena. If the Cyclones win, they'll advance to the Northern Conference finals against the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies or Greensboro Generals.

Cyclones211-4
Toledo101- 2

First period: 1. Tol, Ellis 2 (Verbeek, Mason) :14; 2. Cin, Brand 3 (Cardarelli, Norrie) 9:28; 3. Cin, Norrie 1 (Gallace, Cardarelli) 13:45.

Second period: 4. Cin, Casselman 1 (Gallace, Noga) ppg, 11:36.

Third period: 5. Tol, Ellis 3 (Ballantyne, Mason) 1:33; 6. Cin, Bootland 5 (Casselman) en-ppg, 18:47.

Power plays: Cin 2-for-6; Tol 0-for-5. Goaltenders: Cin, Greg Hewitt (5-1 record; 31 saves, 33 shots); Tol, Doug Teskey (3-2; 36-39, 1 eng). Attendance: 3,168.




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