IHL PLAYOFF RESULTS FROM TUESDAY APRIL 24, 2001
Orlando Solar Bears 4 Cincinnati Cyclones 2
Herbert Vasiljevs and Jarrod Skalde scored power-play goals 22 seconds apart in the third period as the Orlando Solar Bears defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones, 4-2, to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven conference semifinal. Vasiljevs, who assisted on Wes Mason’s goal which game Orlando a 1-0, first-period lead, broke a 2-2 tie with his fourth goal and seventh point of the series at 6:37 of the third period. Skalde provided an insurance tally, his second of the playoffs, at 6:59, as Orlando limited Cincinnati to only eight shots in the final stanza. Dan Snyder also scored for the Solar Bears, who will remain in Cincinnati for Game’s 4 and 5. Norm Maracle turned aside 25 shots to pick up the win. Byron Ritchie scored a pair of goals in the second period to erase a 2-0 deficit for the Cyclones, but Jean-Marc Pelletier surrendered two goals on six shots in the third period to prevent Cincinnati from taking a lead in the series.
Chicago Wolves 2 Milwaukee Admirals 3
Jason Goulet had a goal and an assist in the third period as the Milwaukee Admirals edged the Chicago Wolves, 3-2, and trail their best-of-seven first-round playoff series two games to one. Goulet broke a 1-1 tie with 4:24 remaining in the third to give Milwaukee a 2-1 lead and Jeremy Stevenson followed with an empty netter with 48 seconds left. Ville Peltonen tallied earlier in the third frame and Chris Mason stopped 22 shots to pick up the win for the Admirals, who posted a 4-2-2 record against Chicago during the regular season. Aris Brimanis and Rob Brown tallied for the Wolves, who won the Western Conference during the regular season. Richard Shulmistra suffered the loss after allowing two goals on 21 shots.
During the 1986-87 season Kevin Admas set and IHL record for the most PIM in one season with 648 PIM.
IHL PLAYOFF FACTS
April 14, 1960: Fort Wayne and the Saint Paul Saints play four overtimes to decide a Turner Cup Finals game. Saint Paul’s Elliott Chorley scores the deciding goal at 1:25 a.m. for a 5-4 victory in a contest which consisted of 118 minutes, 29 seconds of playing time.
UPCOMING IHL PLAYOFF ACTION
Wednesday April 25, 2001
Grand Rapids Griffins at Cleveland Lumberjacks 7:00pm
Grand Rapids leads Eastern Conference Semi-final 3 games to 0 games.