They’ve met in the preseason, they’ve met in the playoffs, but they’ve never met during the regular season… until Tuesday, that is. Tuesday morning, the Cincinnati Cyclones welcomed in the Alaska Aces for the first ever regular season meeting between the two teams. The last time the two clubs hooked up, was during the 2014 Kelly Cup Finals, a Best-of-Seven series that saw the Aces come away with a 4-2 series win. Cincinnati was looking for revenge against a desperate Aces team that had lost seven straight games before this morning’s contest.
Things got off to a quick start as a track meet would ensue between the two teams. We never got an actual stoppage of play until around the 12 minute mark of the first period. But in the final minute of play, the home team would strike. Nick Huard found the trailer in Christiaan Minella, who riffled one over the shoulder of Aces netminder, Troy Redmann to make it 1-0 Cincinnati.
Heading into the second period, the Cyclones would go up by a pair. Jack Downing’s shot would get knocked down by Redmann but Nick Huard did not give up on the play and tapped in the loose puck to make it 2-0. Huard remains hot as he is now riding a 6 game point streak.
Cincinnati has had guys like Branden Gracel, Peter Quenneville, and Seth Ambroz who have been grinding, and working their asses off all season but just haven’t found twine. Well.. in the late stages of the third period, that changed for one of them. Joe Pendenza saucered a pass to Quenneville who one-times a howitzer past Redmann for his first professional goal, to seal it for the Cyclones at 3-0. Alaska would however find a way to play the role of spoiler and ruin the shutout bid for Cincinnati goaltender, Brad Thiessen. Aces Captain, William Wrenn threw a shot through traffic that just squeaked by Thiessen to put the Aces within 3-1, which would be your final.
Cincinnati remains undefeated in regulation on home ice, holding onto their first place crown in the Midwest Division while the Aces drop their 8th consecutive game. Ol’ reliable Brad Thiessen had another good outing, stopping 30 of 31 Alaska shots.
The Cyclones will get back to action this weekend, hosting the Indy Fuel on Friday night, and the Orlando Solar Bears on Saturday night.
Sin Bin Cyclones photography is courtesy of Shawn Conkle