Reading Royals eNews Royals Fall To Cincy In Game Four, 5-3 Reading Battles Back From Three Goal Deficit But Loses On Disputed Goal Cincinnati, OH – The
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Royals Fall To Cincy In Game Four, 5-3
Reading Battles Back From Three Goal Deficit But Loses On Disputed Goal
Cincinnati, OH The Reading Royals of the ECHL fell in Game Four of the North Division Finals best of seven series to the Cincinnati Cyclones 5-3 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. The series is now tied at two games apiece with Game Five set for Thursday in Cincinnati. In this one, Reading fell behind by three goals only to battle back to earn a third period tie. In the latter stages of the third, Cincinnati bagged a disputed goal and added an empty netter to pick up the win. Goaltender Danny Taylor (6-4; 27/31; 1 eng) sustained the loss; while Cedrick Desjardins (2-1; 22/25) picked up the bounce-back win.
The Cyclones struck first 9:57 into the game when Thomas Beauregard threw a shot from the left half-wall that slipped through Taylor and across the goal line for his fifth of the playoff season. Cincinnati went up 2-0 with 10.9 seconds remaining in the first just as a penalty to the Royals Shawn Collymore expired. The Reading penalty killers had a clean opportunity to clear the defensive zone, but Cyclone defender T.J. McElroy picked off the attempt to get the puck out. McElroy stepped up and ripped a shot on net that Taylor kicked out with the left pad. However, Jason Deitsch corralled the rebound, went quickly from forehand to backhand, and stuffed the puck in for his second goal of the playoff season.
Cincinnati went up 3-0 early in the second, when a turnover at the defensive blueline allowed the Cyclones to transition into an odd-man opportunity into the offensive zone. David Desharnais dished to Olivier Latendresse in the right circle. Latendresse got off a quick shot that appeared to hit Taylor in the left glove and bounce downward and into the net for Latendresses third goal of the playoff season. The Royals began the comeback effort at the 10:57 mark of the second period with a power play goal by Patrick Hersley. Brock Hooton fed Hersley in the high slot, and Hersley ripped a blast that slipped through Desjardins for his second of the playoff season.
The Royals continued the comeback effort in the third when Dany Roussin scored his fifth power play goal of the playoff season 7:14 into the period. A tic-tac-toe passing sequence involving Patrick Jarrett and Shawn Collymore, resulted in an opportunity for Roussin on the doorstep. Roussin slid it by Desjardins for his sixth goal of the playoff season. Reading tied the game at three thirty-six seconds later, when Joe Zappala turned and threw a wrister from the left point that hit someone in front of the Cyclone net and ended up in the goal for his second of the playoff season.
Cincinnati got what proved to be the game winner with 4:47 remaining in regulation while the teams were playing four-on-four. Thomas Beauregard slid the puck into the Royals crease and a mad scramble ensued. With players crashing the goal and Taylor, who was square on the goal line, attempting to cover, it appeared that Cincinnati defenseman Bryan Schmidt swept the puck into the net with his right skate, while pushing Taylor sideways and away from the puck in the process. The puck slid over the goal line just as the net dislodged from the moorings. Although the Royals disputed the play, the goal was allowed. Reading pressed down the stretch, but were unable to re-tie the game, while the Cyclones added an empty netter by Barrett Eghoetz with 48 seconds remaining to ice the game and tie the series at two games apiece.
The Royals face the Cyclones in Game Five of the North Division Finals on Thursday, May 1 (7:30 pm) at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. The game night broadcast on Thursday will begin at 7:00 pm with the pre-game warm-up show on True Oldies WRAW 1340 am as well as on the internet through the Royals website, www.royalshockey.com. Streaming video is available on a pay per view basis through the B2 Networks.
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