ECHL this Week - March 20

March 20, 2017 - ECHL (ECHL)

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Cyclones cap western swing with three-game sweep at Alaska

The Cincinnati Cyclones concluded their five-game western road trip with a three-game sweep at Alaska last week. In the process, Cincinnati improved its record since Feb. 17 to 12-3-0 and moved the team into third place of the South Division with 74 points, three ahead of fourth-place Orlando and five in front of fifth-place South Carolina.

Cincinnati opened last week's set with a 2-1 win on Wednesday. Seth Ambroz (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId6200) and Eric Knodel (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId6142) scored for the Cyclones while Michael Houser (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId4585) stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced to record the win in goal.

Friday's game followed a similar script to Wednesday with the Cyclones scoring the first two goals, off the sticks of Shane Walsh (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId6510) and Martin Lefebvre (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId4909) . For Lefebvre, it was his first pro goal, and it turned out to be the game winner after an Aces' tally late in the third period. Houser made 32 saves to win his third straight game.

In the series finale on Saturday, Cincinnati trailed 3-1 midway through the third period before mounting a rally. Lefebvre scored with seven minutes remaining to cut the deficit to one and Knodel tallied with just two seconds left to send the game to overtime. After neither team scored in the extra session, the game moved to a shootout with Nick Huard (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId5832) scoring the only goal and Mark Visentin stopping all three Alaska attempts to give the Cyclones a 4-3 victory.

Huard (16g-28a) and Jordan Sims (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId5647) (15g-29a) share the Cyclones' team lead with 44 points each. Huard enters the week on a five-game point streak (2g-5a) while Shawn O'Donnell (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId4758) has posted nine points (4g-5a) over his last five games.

Walsh is tied for 12th among ECHL rookies with 43 points (17g-26) and is second among first-year players with 194 shots on goal.

Cincinnati has received solid goaltending all season from the trio of Houser, Visentin and Joel Rumpel (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId5884) as the Cyclones are tied for second in the league, allowing 2.86 goals-against per game. Houser ranks third with a .918 save percentage and fifth with a 2.55 goals-against average.

The Cyclones are in action just once this week, visiting Fort Wayne on Saturday.

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A look ahead Games to watch in the ECHL during the week ahead. Watch ECHL games live on ECHL.TV (http://www.echl.tv/) .

Eastern Conference

Adirondack at Reading (Friday/Saturday) The Royals and Thunder enter the week tied for second place in the North Division with 76 points each. Both clubs trail first-place Brampton by three points, while having a one-point edge on fourth-place Manchester and a six-point lead on fifth-place Wheeling.

Western Conference

Colorado at Utah (Monday) / Utah at Colorado (Friday and Saturday) The Eagles lead the Mountain Division with 91 points, four ahead of Allen while the Grizzlies trail Alaska for the final playoff spot in the division by five points with nine games remaining.

Divisions North Division

ADK * J.P. Anderson (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId4882) is tied for eighth with a 2.71 goals-against average. * The Thunder lead the league with 27.56 shots-against per game. * Adirondack hosts Orlando on Tuesday and is at Reading on Saturday and Sunday.

BRM * Zachary Fucale (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId6793) is tied for third with four shutouts after posting a 1-0 win against Fort Wayne on Sunday. * Brampton is the league's fourth-least penalized team with 11.90 penalty minutes per game. * The Beast host Orlando on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

ELM * Ian Young (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId5929) registered his first career three-point game (1g-2a) on Sunday against Wheeling. * The Jackals conclude their season-high nine game homestand this week. * Elmira hosts Manchester on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

MAN2015 * Quentin Shore (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId6712) is tied for 12th among rookies with 43 points (18g-25a). * Manchester has scored a league-leading 100 goals in the second period. * The Monarchs are at Reading on Wednesday and Elmira on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

REA * Robbie Czarnik (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId5370) is on a five-game point streak (3g-3a). * The Royals play their next five games at home. * Reading hosts Manchester on Wednesday and Adirondack on Friday and Saturday.

WHL * Kale Kerbashian (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId3079) has eight points (2g-6a) in four games since being acquired in a trade with Allen. * Wheeling's six hat tricks this season are the team's most since posting seven during the 2008-09 season. * The Nailers host Idaho on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

South Division

ATL * Josh Atkinson (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId6412) is fourth among rookie defensemen with 43 points (9g-34a). * The Gladiators are 20-2-2 when leading after two periods. * Atlanta hosts South Carolina on Wednesday and visits the Stingrays on Friday and Saturday.

CIN * Matt Macdonald ones) recorded his 100th career ECHL coaching win on Wednesday at Alaska. * Cincinnati is tied for second with 2.86 goals-against per game. * The Cyclones travel to Fort Wayne on Saturday.

FLA * Michael Kirkpatrick (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId6135) is third in plus-minus at +33. * The Everblades lead the Eastern Conference with 19 road wins (19-10-1). * Florida is at Kalamazoo on Wednesday, Toledo on Friday and Saturday and Fort Wayne on Sunday.

GSR * Angelo Miceli (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId6174) is on a six-game point streak (5g-6a). * Greenville is 10-2-0 against non-divisional opponents. * The Swamp Rabbits host Indy on Friday and Saturday.

NOR * John Dunbar (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId4295) has 12 points (2g-10a) in his last four games. * The Admirals are 15-1-1 when leading after two periods. * Norfolk is at Fort Wayne on Wednesday, Kalamazoo on Friday and Saturday and Toledo on Sunday.

ORL * Joe Perry (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId5598) is tied for seventh with 31 goals. * Orlando is 4-0-1 against North Division opponents. * The Solar Bears are at Adirondack on Tuesday and Brampton on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

SC * Steven McParland (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId6423) is on a seven-game point streak (5g-3a). * The Stingrays play nine of their final 10 games against South Division opponents. * South Carolina visits Atlanta on Wednesday and hosts the Gladiators on Friday and Saturday and Indy on Sunday.

Central Division

FW * Jamie Schaafsma (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId5515) is on an eight-game point streak (6g-7a). * Fort Wayne has outscored its opponents 86-48 in the third period. * The Komets host Norfolk on Wednesday, travel to Quad City on Friday and host Cincinnati on Saturday and Florida on Sunday.

Indy_1 * Rookies Shawn Hulshof (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId6982) (Friday), Jake Hildebrand (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId6390) (Sunday) and Woody Hudson (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId6987) (Sunday) each recorded assists for their first professional points over the weekend. * The Fuel set club records for goals in a period (6) and goals in a game (8) on Sunday against Quad City. * Indy is at Greenville on Friday and Saturday and South Carolina on Sunday.

KAL * Peter Schneider (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId5834) has at least one point in 10 of his last 11 games (7g-9a). * Kalamazoo has scored multiple power-play goals in three of its last six games. * The K-Wings host Florida on Wednesday and Norfolk on Friday and Saturday.

QC * Sam Warning (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId6177) posted his second hat trick of the season on Sunday at Indy. * The Mallards are 4-0-2 in their last six home games. * Quad City visits Wichita on Wednesday and hosts Fort Wayne on Friday and the Thunder on Sunday.

TOL * Shane Berschbach (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId5275) is on an eight-game point streak (4g-9a). * Toledo is on a nine-game home winning streak. * The Walleye host Florida on Friday and Saturday and Norfolk on Sunday.

TUL * Darcy Murphy (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId6340) leads Tulsa with 17 goals. * The Oilers are tied for the league lead with two shorthanded goals against on the road. * Tulsa visits Allen on Friday and Saturday.

WIC * Jamie Doornbosch (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId6855) has seven points (1g-6a) in his last five games. * Wichita is 11th with 32.37 shots per game. * The Thunder host Quad City on Wednesday and Missouri on Friday and visit the Mavericks on Saturday and the Mallards on Sunday.

Mountain Division

AK * Kevin Carr (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId5281) has started 11 straight games in goal. * The Aces are 22-1-6 when scoring first. * Alaska hosts Rapid City on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

ALN * Greger Hanson (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId3846) is tied for the league lead with 14 power-play goals. * Allen is 32-2-3 when scoring first. * The Americans travel to Missouri on Wednesday and host Tulsa on Friday and Saturday.

COL * Clarke Saunders (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId5316) is fourth with a 2.54 goals-against average. * The Eagles are 20-1-1 in their last 22 games. * Colorado is at Utah on Monday and hosts Rapid City on Wednesday and Utah on Friday and Saturday.

IDH * Jefferson Dahl (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId5716) is on a seven-game point streak (4g-4a). * Idaho matched its season-high with 46 shots on goal on Saturday against Rapid City. * The Steelheads are at Wheeling on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

MO * Dane Fox (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId5499) leads the league with 318 shots on goal. * The Mavericks are tied for the league lead with 17 games decided in overtime or a shootout. * Missouri hosts Allen on Wednesday, visits Wichita on Friday and hosts the Thunder on Saturday.

RC * Ryan Walters (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId5652) is tied for 15th with 63 points (27g-36a). * Rapid City is 12-4-3 when leading after one period. * The Rush are at Colorado on Wednesday and Alaska on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

UTA * Ralph Cuddemi (http://www.echl.com/player?playerId6370) is second among rookies with 27 goals. * The Grizzlies are seventh with 30.43 shots-against per game. * Utah hosts Colorado on Monday and visits the Eagles on Friday and Saturday.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2017

MORE INFORMATION: Joe Babik, ECHL Director of Communications, (609) 452-0770, x-16

ECHL Scores & Schedule // ECHL Standings // League Leaders // Daily Report

Cyclones cap western swing with three-game sweep at Alaska

The Cincinnati Cyclones concluded their five-game western road trip with a three-game sweep at Alaska last week. In the process, Cincinnati improved its record since Feb. 17 to 12-3-0 and moved the team into third place of the South Division with 74 points, three ahead of fourth-place Orlando and five in front of fifth-place South Carolina.

Cincinnati opened last week's set with a 2-1 win on Wednesday. Seth Ambroz and Eric Knodel scored for the Cyclones while Michael Houser stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced to record the win in goal.

Friday's game followed a similar script to Wednesday with the Cyclones scoring the first two goals, off the sticks of Shane Walsh and Martin Lefebvre. For Lefebvre, it was his first pro goal, and it turned out to be the game winner after an Aces' tally late in the third period. Houser made 32 saves to win his third straight game.

In the series finale on Saturday, Cincinnati trailed 3-1 midway through the third period before mounting a rally. Lefebvre scored with seven minutes remaining to cut the deficit to one and Knodel tallied with just two seconds left to send the game to overtime. After neither team scored in the extra session, the game moved to a shootout with Nick Huard scoring the only goal and Mark Visentin stopping all three Alaska attempts to give the Cyclones a 4-3 victory.

Huard (16g-28a) and Jordan Sims (15g-29a) share the Cyclones' team lead with 44 points each. Huard enters the week on a five-game point streak (2g-5a) while Shawn O'Donnell has posted nine points (4g-5a) over his last five games.

Walsh is tied for 12th among ECHL rookies with 43 points (17g-26) and is second among first-year players with 194 shots on goal.

Cincinnati has received solid goaltending all season from the trio of Houser, Visentin and Joel Rumpel as the Cyclones are tied for second in the league, allowing 2.86 goals-against per game. Houser ranks third with a .918 save percentage and fifth with a 2.55 goals-against average.

The Cyclones are in action just once this week, visiting Fort Wayne on Saturday.

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A look ahead

Games to watch in the ECHL during the week ahead. Watch ECHL games live on ECHL.TV.

Eastern Conference

Adirondack at Reading (Friday/Saturday)

The Royals and Thunder enter the week tied for second place in the North Division with 76 points each. Both clubs trail first-place Brampton by three points, while having a one-point edge on fourth-place Manchester and a six-point lead on fifth-place Wheeling.

Western Conference

Colorado at Utah (Monday) / Utah at Colorado (Friday and Saturday)

The Eagles lead the Mountain Division with 91 points, four ahead of Allen while the Grizzlies trail Alaska for the final playoff spot in the division by five points with nine games remaining.

Divisions

North Division

J.P. Anderson is tied for eighth with a 2.71 goals-against average. The Thunder lead the league with 27.56 shots-against per game. Adirondack hosts Orlando on Tuesday and is at Reading on Saturday and Sunday.

Zachary Fucale is tied for third with four shutouts after posting a 1-0 win against Fort Wayne on Sunday. Brampton is the league's fourth-least penalized team with 11.90 penalty minutes per game. The Beast host Orlando on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Ian Young registered his first career three-point game (1g-2a) on Sunday against Wheeling. The Jackals conclude their season-high nine game homestand this week. Elmira hosts Manchester on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Quentin Shore is tied for 12th among rookies with 43 points (18g-25a). Manchester has scored a league-leading 100 goals in the second period. The Monarchs are at Reading on Wednesday and Elmira on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Robbie Czarnik is on a five-game point streak (3g-3a). The Royals play their next five games at home. Reading hosts Manchester on Wednesday and Adirondack on Friday and Saturday.

Kale Kerbashian has eight points (2g-6a) in four games since being acquired in a trade with Allen. Wheeling's six hat tricks this season are the team's most since posting seven during the 2008-09 season. The Nailers host Idaho on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

South Division

Josh Atkinson is fourth among rookie defensemen with 43 points (9g-34a). The Gladiators are 20-2-2 when leading after two periods. Atlanta hosts South Carolina on Wednesday and visits the Stingrays on Friday and Saturday.

Matt Macdonald recorded his 100th career ECHL coaching win on Wednesday at Alaska. Cincinnati is tied for second with 2.86 goals-against per game. The Cyclones travel to Fort Wayne on Saturday.

Michael Kirkpatrick is third in plus-minus at +33. The Everblades lead the Eastern Conference with 19 road wins (19-10-1). Florida is at Kalamazoo on Wednesday, Toledo on Friday and Saturday and Fort Wayne on Sunday.

Angelo Miceli is on a six-game point streak (5g-6a). Greenville is 10-2-0 against non-divisional opponents. The Swamp Rabbits host Indy on Friday and Saturday.

John Dunbar has 12 points (2g-10a) in his last four games. The Admirals are 15-1-1 when leading after two periods. Norfolk is at Fort Wayne on Wednesday, Kalamazoo on Friday and Saturday and Toledo on Sunday.

Joe Perry is tied for seventh with 31 goals. Orlando is 4-0-1 against North Division opponents. The Solar Bears are at Adirondack on Tuesday and Brampton on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Steven McParland is on a seven-game point streak (5g-3a). The Stingrays play nine of their final 10 games against South Division opponents. South Carolina visits Atlanta on Wednesday and hosts the Gladiators on Friday and Saturday and Indy on Sunday.

Central Division

Jamie Schaafsma is on an eight-game point streak (6g-7a). Fort Wayne has outscored its opponents 86-48 in the third period. The Komets host Norfolk on Wednesday, travel to Quad City on Friday and host Cincinnati on Saturday and Florida on Sunday.

Rookies Shawn Hulshof (Friday), Jake Hildebrand (Sunday) and Woody Hudson (Sunday) each recorded assists for their first professional points over the weekend. The Fuel set club records for goals in a period (6) and goals in a game (8) on Sunday against Quad City. Indy is at Greenville on Friday and Saturday and South Carolina on Sunday.

Peter Schneider has at least one point in 10 of his last 11 games (7g-9a). Kalamazoo has scored multiple power-play goals in three of its last six games. The K-Wings host Florida on Wednesday and Norfolk on Friday and Saturday.

Sam Warning posted his second hat trick of the season on Sunday at Indy. The Mallards are 4-0-2 in their last six home games. Quad City visits Wichita on Wednesday and hosts Fort Wayne on Friday and the Thunder on Sunday.

Shane Berschbach is on an eight-game point streak (4g-9a). Toledo is on a nine-game home winning streak. The Walleye host Florida on Friday and Saturday and Norfolk on Sunday.

Darcy Murphy leads Tulsa with 17 goals. The Oilers are tied for the league lead with two shorthanded goals against on the road. Tulsa visits Allen on Friday and Saturday.

Jamie Doornbosch has seven points (1g-6a) in his last five games. Wichita is 11th with 32.37 shots per game. The Thunder host Quad City on Wednesday and Missouri on Friday and visit the Mavericks on Saturday and the Mallards on Sunday.

Mountain Division

Kevin Carr has started 11 straight games in goal. The Aces are 22-1-6 when scoring first. Alaska hosts Rapid City on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Greger Hanson is tied for the league lead with 14 power-play goals. Allen is 32-2-3 when scoring first. The Americans travel to Missouri on Wednesday and host Tulsa on Friday and Saturday.

Clarke Saunders is fourth with a 2.54 goals-against average. The Eagles are 20-1-1 in their last 22 games. Colorado is at Utah on Monday and hosts Rapid City on Wednesday and Utah on Friday and Saturday.

Jefferson Dahl is on a seven-game point streak (4g-4a). Idaho matched its season-high with 46 shots on goal on Saturday against Rapid City. The Steelheads are at Wheeling on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Dane Fox leads the league with 318 shots on goal. The Mavericks are tied for the league lead with 17 games decided in overtime or a shootout. Missouri hosts Allen on Wednesday, visits Wichita on Friday and hosts the Thunder on Saturday.

Ryan Walters is tied for 15th with 63 points (27g-36a). Rapid City is 12-4-3 when leading after one period. The Rush are at Colorado on Wednesday and Alaska on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Ralph Cuddemi is second among rookies with 27 goals. The Grizzlies are seventh with 30.43 shots-against per game. Utah hosts Colorado on Monday and visits the Eagles on Friday and Saturday.

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