School Day Game TuesdayNovember 16, 2009 - ECHL (ECHL) Cincinnati Cyclones
WE'RE ONLY AT HOME WHEN WE ARE ON THE ROAD: The Cyclones have already hit eight road games in 2009-2010. Only Idaho (ten) and South Carolina (nine) have more. Cincinnati has won 64 games between the regular season and playoffs since the start of the 2007-08 season--most of any team in the league.
ON DECK -- 'OHIO LOTTERY PRESENTS EDUCATION IN HOCKEY DAY': Tuesday (November 17), the Cyclones host Trenton for the annual 'Ohio Lottery presents Education In Hockey Day' game. This event has the 16 college educated players on the Cyclones roster teaching lessons in math, science, geography and physical education.
ATTENDANCE ON THE WAY UP: The Cyclones drew 10,920 fans for the 'Throwback Night' game on November 6. That increases the club's season total to 17,666 fans through the turnstiles, an average of 5889 per game. Cincinnati currently ranks third in the ECHL in average attendance, behind Stockton (6533) and Toledo (6466). The club has never finished higher than twelfth in attendance.
MORE ATTENDANCE: The 10,920 on Friday marked the first time since November 7, 1998 that a crowd in excess of 10,000 attended a pro hockey game at U.S. Bank Arena prior to January 1 of a calendar year. That night, the IHL Cyclones defeated the Las Vegas Thunder, 8-3. The 10,920 was the second-largest regular season crowd in team history and the third-largest overall.
LAST WORD ON ATTENDANCE: The Cyclones will increase their home attendance in their next home game on Tuesday morning (Nov. 17). More than 9000 people are expected for the game against Trenton--which is the most for any regular season weekday in the ECHL in at least a decade.
ABOUT SATURDAY NIGHT...: The Cyclones fell into a 3-0 hole at Kalamazoo on Saturday, but dropped a 3-2 decision to the K-Wings. Matt Pierce and Kevin Roeder scored third period goals to close the gap and Mike McLean rang a shot off the goal post with less than two minutes remaining that could have tied the score. Jeremy Smith was tagged with the loss despite stopping 23 shots.
ABOUT FRIDAY NIGHT...: The Cyclones battled back three times to tie the game with Kalamazoo but could not get over the hump in a 4-3 shootout loss. Scott Reynolds was a part of all the scoring with a shorthanded goal, a power play goal and an assist. It was his first multiple point game of the season. Jeremy Smith stopped 25 shots in the bonus frame loss.
MORE REYNOLDS: The three point night by Scott Reynolds Friday night pushed him to the century mark in career points as a pro (38-62-100).
WE DON'T DO OVERTIME MUCH...: The Cyclones became the last team in the American Conference to reach overtime this season.
...BUT WHEN WE DO THEY ARE CLASSICS!: The last time the Cyclones went into overtime (prior to Friday night) was April 25 of last season, the second game of the best of seven series with Elmira in the North Division Finals. Trailing 4-1 with three and a half minutes to play in the second period, Mac Faulkner finished off his hat trick with a pair of goals to set up Dustin Sproat's power play goal with 2:08 to play to force an extra session. Jimmy Kilpatrick's goal 1:46 into the bonus time sent the Cyclones on to a four game sweep of the Jackals. Five days earlier (April 20), in game seven of the North Division Semifinals, Matt Syroczynski netted a score 3:48 into double overtime to advance the squad. The last time Cincinnati played a regular season overtime contest was April 3 of last season--a 4-3 win over Johnstown that kept the Chiefs out of the Kelly Cup playoffs.
DOESN'T HAPPEN OFTEN: The Cyclones played the games November 6-7 with the exact same lineup. It is the first time this season that this strange feat has occured and the first time since March 19 and 21 of last season that the same 18 dressed for back to back games. That is fourteen games between matching lineups. It is the only time the club has used identical lineups in their eleven games this season.
PIERCE DELIVERS: Rookie forward Matt Pierce had his six game goal scoring streak snapped Friday night in the shootout loss at Kalamazoo. Pierce now has goals in seven of the last eight games after netting one in the loss Saturday. Matt is tied for the ECHL lead in goals by a rookie (nine) and is seventh in scoring by a first-year player with twelve points (9-3-12).
SMITH SHOULDERING THE LOAD: Rookie goaltender Jeremy Smith ranks eleventh among goaltenders and fourth in the rookie class with a 2.75 goals against average. Smith has a 3-4-1 record and has already delivered a shutout.
NO GOAL PATROL: The Cyclones penalty killing unit is the best in the ECHL, having eliminated 91.7 percent of the situations faced. Cincinnati has stopped 44 of the 48 man-disadvantage situations faced. The group has been even more impressive by having the second-most shorthanded goals in the league (five) thus far. Bakersfield and South Carolina have surrendered the second-fewest power play goals (ten)--more than double the number surrendered by the Cyclones.
MORE PENALTY KILL DETAILS: The Cyclones have allowed four power play goals in the first eleven games of the season. That projects out to 27 over the course of the season. Last year, Alaska permitted the fewest power play goals in the ECHL (27). The Cyclones team record for fewest man-disadvantage goals in a season is 56 set in 2003-04.
DON'T SHOOT!: Cincinnati is limiting its opponents to just 25.3 shots on goal per contest. That is the lowest average in the ECHL, just ahead of Idaho (25.5).
ALL'S NOT SO QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT...: There have been eleven goals scored at U.S. Bank Arena thus far this season, with nine of the scores coming in the west end (the end the Cyclones defend in the first and third periods).
SIX OF ONE, HALF A DOZEN OF ANOTHER: The Cyclones have registered a power play goal in each of the last six games. During that stretch, Cincinnati has cashed in on 27 percent of its man-advantage situations (ten of 37). The club ranks eighth in the league in power play efficiency at 19 percent (12 of 63).
SCOUTING TRENTON: The Trenton Devils enter this week with a 5-5-3 record, third-best in the East Division and are winless in their last three games (0-2-1). Forward Brett Wilson paces the attack with three goals and eight assists for eleven points.
SCOUTING TOLEDO: The Toledo Walleye have put together a 6-4-3 record, second-best in the North Division. Toledo is winless in its last three (0-1-2) and is led by Adam Hobson, who ranks eleventh in the ECHL in scoring with 17 points (6-11-17).
CINCINNATI--THE AHL'S FAVORITE CITY: The Cyclones have had seven players spend time in the American Hockey League this season. Those players already have 14 games at the AAA level. The Cyclones, who used a club record 57 players in 2008-09, have already used 28 players in the first eleven games of the year. The club currently is on pace to use 83 players in 2009-10.
COMPARING LABELS: Cincinnati has used 28 players this season, second-most in the ECHL (Charlotte leads the league with 30). The average team on the circuit has used 25.25 players so far.
HOMER CARRIES THE GAMES: The broadcast of each and every one of the 72 regular season Cyclones games can be found on the club's website at: www.cycloneshockey.com. Up to 17 selected Friday night games can be heard on 1530-AM Homer 'The Sports Animal' with a special half hour pregame show prior to each broadcast. The next game on the 50,000 watt juggernaut will occur on Friday, November 20 with a 7pm faceoff at Toledo.
CYCLONES COACHES SHOW: Each Monday, the Coors Light Cyclones Coaches Show originates from Jefferson Hall at Newport on the Levee from 7-8pm. Head Coach Chuck Weber and a pair of players join host Nick Brunker for the show. Due to the early start of Tuesday's game, Nashville Predators goaltending coach Mitch Korn and Cyclones broadcaster John Hamel will be the special guests.
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