January 28, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Cincinnati Cyclones
COMING UP: The Cincinnati Cyclones play three games this week, looking to hold onto the lead in the North Division of the American Conference of the ECHL. Cincinnati (28-8-3), has a two point lead over Elmira for the top spot in the division and plays host out of the division Wednesday night to Charlotte. This weekend, the Cyclones are at Wheeling (Friday) and Trenton (Saturday).
SOMETHING NEW?: The Charlotte Checkers make their lone appearance at U.S. Bank Arena on Wednesday night at 7:30pm. The Checkers (17-17-4) are the eighth different team to come through Cincinnati this season. Mississippi will become the ninth different team when it visits next week (Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 9). The Cyclones are 1-0-1 in games played against opponents from outside the North Division this season.
TWENTY OVER!: With the two wins last week, the Cyclones are 20 games above .500 for the first time in team history. The last time a Cincinnati pro hockey team was 20 games above break even was at the end of the 1995-96 season when the IHL\'s Cyclones finished 29 games above .500, at 51-22-9 (.677 winning percentage).
TAKIN\' CARE OF BUSINESS: The Cyclones are the only ECHL team to have a better than .500 record against every team it has played this season. Cincinnati has played seven different opponents in 2007-08 and has at least one more win than loss against all of them. Las Vegas has an equal number of wins and losses to Victoria, but has otherwise accomplished the same feat.
WE\'RE ONLY AT HOME WHEN WE\'RE ON THE ROAD...: The Cyclones are 14-5 (.737 winning percentage) away from U.S. Bank Arena this season. Since Nov. 13 at Dayton, the Cyclones are 11-3 (.786) away from the Queen City.
...NOT BAD AT HOME EITHER: The Cyclones have an eleven-game unbeaten in regulation time stretch at U.S. Bank Arena (9-0-2--.909). During that run, the club has outscored the opposition, 54-30. Cincinnati is 14-3-3 overall (.763) at home. The Cyclones have not lost a regulation time game at U.S. Bank Arena since a 4-2 defeat by Dayton on November 24.
JUST WIN, BABY: The Cyclones, with a record of 28-8-3, are 20 games above .500. The club reached a club record 19 games above break even (25-6-3) on Jan. 5. On March 19, 1995 the Louisville Riverfrogs beat Erie, 5-1, to improve to 38-22-7--the only time in history that the organization had been 16 games above break even. The last time a Cincinnati pro sports team was at least 20 games above .500 was when the Cincinnati Reds were 96-67 after their game on October 4, 1999. The Cyclones have the ECHL\'s second-best winning percentage (.756--trailing only Texas at .826).
NATIONALS CLAIM ALL-STAR GAME: The National Conference won Wednesday\'s 2008 Rbk ECHL All-Star Game in Stockton, CA, 10-7. Ash Goldie of Victoria was named the game\'s MVP with three goals and three assists. The American Conference was represented by Cyclones forward David Desharnais, who recorded an assist and Coach Chuck Weber who worked the bench for the annual classic.
CYCLONES SWIPE TWO: The Cyclones won their two games last week, knocking off Wheeling in a shootout, 4-3, Friday night. Matt Syroczynski tallied a pair of goals, while Thomas Beauregard added pair of assists. Saturday night, Cincinnati took a 2-0 blanking at Wheeling. Andrew Martin and Syroczynski scored the goals and Cedrick Desjardins turned aside all 39 shots to collect the win.
SPEAKING OF DESJARDINS...: Cyclones goaltender Cedrick Desjardins turned in his ECHL-leading fourth shutout on Saturday night at Wheeling. It was his club-record eighth shutout and second this year against the Nailers. Desjardins, who was the winning goaltender at the 2007 ECHL All-Star Game, stopped 39 shots for the win this weekend. Cedrick ranks second in the ECHL with a 2.07 goals against average.
WE ARE QUITE OFFENSIVE: The Cyclones have scored a league-high 160 goals, four more than Texas--which has the second-most. Cincinnati is averaging 4.10 goals per game, the most in the ECHL. Of the five leagues playing \'AA\' hockey or higher (NHL, AHL, ECHL, IHL, CHL), that average is the highest in North America. Rocky Mountain and Colorado (CHL) are the next best at 4.08 goals per game. Only Indiana (MAHL--an \'A\' league) has a higher average, at 7.63.
GUNNING FOR 29 WINS!: The Cyclones picked up their 28th win of the season Saturday night at Wheeling--setting a club record for earliest, and fastest, to the plateau. Previously, the 1995-96 Louisville squad had 28 wins on Feb. 3 to establish both records. The average date in club history to register 28 wins is March 10. Last season, the Cyclones collected their 29th win on March 2.
SHATTER THIS!: The Cincinnati Cyclones won more games than ever prior to the All-Star break. The club was 21-13-3 at the All-Star break in 2006-07. Cincinnati was 26-8-3 this year. By January 28 of last season, the club already registered 16 losses.
GREAT (RE)CALL: The Cyclones have had fifteen players appear in games with American Hockey League teams this season. Currently, nine players who have appeared in Cincinnati are on loan or recall to the AHL. The fifteen total players have appeared in 149 AHL games this season.
MAGIC NUMBER: The Cyclones \'magic number\' to clinching a playoff berth is 39 (or 20 wins). Any point gained in the standings by Cincinnati, or lost by Trenton reduces this number. Last season, the Cyclones clinched a playoff berth on March 30.
CYCLONES COACHES SHOW: The Cyclones Coaches Show airs every Monday from Jefferson Hall at Newport on the Levee from 7-8pm. The show, featuring Head Coach Chuck Weber, also has Barret Ehgoetz and Stephen Wood appearing.