Aces edged in Game 2 of Kelly Cup Final
The Kelly Cup Final is now tied up at 1-1
ANCHORAGE, AK -- Rob Madore made 35 saves and the Cincinnati Cyclones withstood a rally by the Alaska Aces in the final minutes to escape, 2-1, before a sellout crowd of 6,438 at Sullivan Arena in Game 2 of the Kelly Cup Finals on Saturday.
All three goals were posted in the opening period and Gerald Coleman backstopped the Aces with a 21 save effort, marking first Aces regulation loss at home in the entire postseason. Ross Ring-Jarvi scored his first career postseason goal and Jonathan Hazen’s marker, capping Cincinnati’s rally of two goals in 21 seconds, stood as the game winner.
Brendan Connolly brought the standing-room only crowd and Cowbell Crew out of their seats with the first Aces penalty shot in Kelly Cup Finals history, early in the game, but his snap shot was foiled by Rob Madore’s left shoulder at 10:14.
Just over two minutes later, Ross Ring-Jarvi finally helped the Aces strike first on a loose puck at the net for his first career postseason goal, at 12:17.
Cincinnati responded with a pair of goals in two shifts, starting at 15:13 when Byron Froese’s eighth postseason goal was roofed through traffic. Jonathan Hazen then beat Coleman to the glove side, off the rush at 15:34, and Cincinnati took a 2-1 lead into the dressing room after one period.
The Aces outshot Cincinnati, 10-5 in the second period, generating chances off the rush but were unable to tie the game, with their best chance coming on a scramble at the net with Morrison pushing the puck wide off his backhand.
The third period finished with a flurry and the Aces outshot Cincinnati, 12-6, coming close on several chances including a shot that Tyler Mosienko missed off the post with five minutes remaining. With Coleman pulled for an extra skater with 1:30 left, the Aces swarmed the net and earned their best look on a rebound that Mazzolini missed from the left circle.
The Aces suffered their first Kelly Cup Finals loss in a Game 2 situation.
NOTES: The Aces scratched Brad Richard, Drew MacKenzie, Andy Taranto, Alex Belzile, Olivier Roy and James Martin ... Connolly’s penalty shot was the fourth in Cup Finals history and the first for the Aces in the playoffs since 2007 (Julian Talbot) … former UAA goaltender Rob Gunderson, signed to an ATO contract, backed up Coleman … the Aces fell to 19-12 lifetime in Game 2 situations and outshot Cincinnati, 36-23 … Mazzolini and Turner Elson each saw their five-game goal scoring streaks come to an end … Peter Sivak returned for the first time since Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals vs. Idaho, recording six shots on goal.
KELLY CUP FINALS - ALASKA VS. CINCINNATI
GAME 1 – Alaska takes a 1-0 series lead with a 5-3 win
GAME 2 - Cincinnati ties the series up at 1-1 with a 2-1 win
GAME 3 - Cincinnati at Alaska (Sullivan Arena) - Mon. 6/2,
GAME 4 - Alaska at Cincinnati (U.S. Bank Arena) - Fri. 6/6,
GAME 5 - Alaska at Cincinnati (U.S. Bank Arena) - Sat. 6/7, *
GAME 6 - Alaska at Cincinnati (U.S. Bank Arena) - Mon. 6/9, *
GAME 7 - Cincinnati at Alaska (Sullivan Arena) - Wed. 6/11, *