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Cyclones Game Preview: vs. Indy

December 28, 2018 - ECHL (ECHL) - Cincinnati Cyclones News Release

Game 30 (Road Game 15)

Vs. Indy Fuel (15-13-0-0, 30 pts)

Friday - 7:35pm ET

Indiana Farmers Coliseum - Indianapolis, IN

Overview: The Cyclones exit the holiday break with a trip to Indy to take on the Fuel, and currently sit atop the ECHL standings, one point ahead of the Florida Everblades. Cincinnati is riding a 10-game point streak (8-0-0-2), and has wins in 13 of their last 17 games (13-2-0-2).

Saturday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (20-5-2-2) collected a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory over the Allen Americans on Saturday night. Defenseman Tobie Bisson, along with forwards Myles Powell, Alex Wideman, and Vas Glotov lit the lamp for the Cyclones, who now have points in 10-straight games. Cincinnati was outshot, 51-49, with goaltender Jonas Johansson blocking 48 in the win.

Last Friday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (19-5-2-2) fell to the Americans, 4-3 in a shootout, on Friday night. Forward Justin Vaiveled the Cyclones with a pair of goals, while forward Alex Wideman netted one for the Cyclones, who see their seven-game winning streak snapped. The Cyclones outshot the Americans, 32,29 on the evening, with goaltender Jonas Johanssonstopping 25 in the loss.

Last Wednesday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (19-5-2-1) picked up their seventh win in a row, 6-2, over the Allen Americans on Wednesday night. Forwards Ben Johnson and Mike Marnell each netted a pair of goals, while forwards Shaw Boomhower and Brady Vail added lone markers for the Cyclones. The Cyclones outshot the Americans, 44-25, on the night, with goaltender Jonas Johansson stopping 23 in the win.

Previewing Indy: The Fuel have won four of their last five games and are 5-2-0-0 in their last seven games, and are currently in fifth place in the ECHL's Central Division, on point back of Ft. Wayne and two points behind Wheeling for fourth and third place, respectively. Indy has been hot out of the gates in recent games, scoring 11 first period goals in the last four games, and are 6-1-0-0 overall when leading after 20 minutes. They are led by forward Kevin Dufour who has accounted for a team-leading 16 goals along with 10 assists in 26 games. He is followed by forwards Olivier Labelle (11g, 15a) along with former Cyclone Josh Shalla (11g, 14a).

Inside the Series: Friday marks the fifth game of a 12-game season series between the Cyclones and Fuel, with the teams having split the first four meetings this season. Both of Cincinnati's wins have come in Indianapolis, and the teams will play four more times on Indy's home ice.

Next Game Preview: Cincinnati stays in Indiana for a Saturday night tilt in Ft. Wayne against the Komets. Cincinnati has a 3-1-0-1 advantage in the 11-game season series, and four of the final six games will be played in Ft. Wayne.

Glotov Recalled: Cincinnati Cyclones forward Vas Glotov has been recalled by the Rochester Americans, Cincinnati's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. A native of Barnaul, RUS, Glotov has skated in all 29 games this season for the Cyclones, accounting for six goals and 15 assists in that time, tying him with forward Myles Powell for the team lead in rookie scoring. Glotov is in his first full pro season, after making his pro debut last season. He appeared in six games between the Cyclones and Americans, and totaled a goal and an assist in that time. He spent the prior two seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) appearing in 128 games between the Shawinigan Cataractes and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, amassing 44 goals and 49 assists in 128 career games. He was a 2016, seventh- round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres.

Fanning the Flames: Despite forward Jesse Schultz seeing his goal-scoring streak snapped at six games following last Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Allen Americans, and his point streak snapped at 10 games (6g, 6a) following Saturday's 4-3 win over the Americans, he leads the Cyclones with 28 points (8g, 20a), and has points in 11 of his last 13 games overall (7g, 8a).

Seeing Double: Forward Justin Vaive lit the lamp twice for the Cyclones, in last Friday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Allen Americans, marking his first multi-goal outing of the season. Additionally, Mike Marnell and Ben Johnson each tallied a pair of goals in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Americans. For Marnell, it marked his fourth multi-point and first multi-goal outing of the season, and places him in a tie for third on the 'Clones in goals with six. Johnson's pair mark his first goals as a Cyclone, and he also added an assist for a three-point night. Forwards Jesse Schultz and Nate Mitton, along with defenseman Eric Knodel also chipped in with a pair of assists.

Piling up the Points: The Cyclones saw their season-high seven-game winning streak snapped following a 4-3 shootout loss to the Allen Americans last Friday night, however they have points in 10 straight (8-0-0-2) and wins in 13 of their last 17 games (13-2-0-2).Cincinnati has outscored the opposition, 37-22, in the last 10 games.

Defensively Offensive: The Cyclones defensive corps have been contributing to the Cyclones offensive success as of late, accounting for six goals and 16 assists in the last 12 games. Tobie Bisson has a goal and six assists, while Eric Knodel has a goal and five assists in that time, and is currently tied for fourth in ECHL defenseman scoring with five goals and 15 assists. Additionally, Devante Stephens has added three goals and an assist while Arvin Atwal (1g, 2a), and Andrew DeBrincat, Anthony Florentino, and Mitch Jones (1a each) have also found the score sheet.

Leading the Way: The Cyclones currently lead the ECHL team defense (2.28 GA/GM) and are third in the League in offensive production (3.76G/GM). The Cyclones are outscoring teams, 109-66, and have allowed two or fewer goals in nine of the last 13 games. The Cyclones are 18-4-0-2 in their last 23 games, outscoring their opponents 90-50 in that span, including 64-25 in their 18 wins.Closing out games have been a specialty for Cincinnati, as they have only allowed 12 goals in the third period, and are outscoring the opposition, 38-12, in the final 20 minutes of play. Additionally, the Cyclones are 15-1-0-1. when leading through two periods, and have given up more than three goals in regulation just three times this season.

The Puck Stops Here: Cyclones goaltender Michael Houser leads the ECHL with a 1.78 goals-against average along with a .938 save percentage, while posting an 10-2-1-0 record in the process. He has won six of his last seven starts, and has allowed one goal in four consecutive games, and three or fewer goals in seven straight games.

Taking Away the Power: The Cyclones possess the ECHL's top penalty kill, having allowed just 12 goals in 100 shorthanded situations (88%). Additionally, Cincinnati also boasts the fifth-ranked home (87.7%) and fifth-ranked road (88.4%) penalty kills.

Welcome Matt Thomas: The Cyclones enter the 2018-19 season with a new head coach. In early August, Cincinnati hired Matt Thomas as the team's new bench boss. He replaced Matt Macdonald who was named assistant coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins; American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. A native of Maple Ridge, BC, Thomas has extensive head coaching experience in the ECHL, spanning 11 seasons with the Atlantic Boardwalk Bullies, Fresno Falcons, and Stockton Thunder from 2002-2013. Thomas served two seasons as an assistant coach with Atlantic City, including helping the Boardwalk Bullies to a Kelly Cup Championship in 2003, before assuming the role of head coach and Director of Hockey Operations with the team prior to 2004-2005. He compiled a 42-22-8 mark in his lone season as Atlantic City's bench boss, and served as the head coach for the 2005 ECHL All-Star Game. He then moved on to Fresno prior to the 2005-06 campaign, leading the Falcons to a 43-15-14 mark along with a trip to the Western Conference Finals. Over the next two seasons in Fresno, Thomas compiled a 76-41-17 record, with trips to the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs on both occasions. He coached the Falcons during the first half of 2008-09, leading the team to an 18-10-2 mark before the team ceased operations midseason. Thomas was not out of work for long however, as he was named head coach of Stockton shortly after, and finished the year with a record of 22-16-3, and a trip to the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Thomas went on to coach the Thunder for four more seasons, amassing a mark of 141-111-36, reaching the post season each year, including a trip to the 2013 Kelly Cup Finals. He enters the 2018-19 campaign as the ECHL's sixth-winningest coach with a career record of 342-225-80, just one win back of fifth place all time. He is also the all-time leader in playoff games coached with 97, and ranks third with 49 playoff wins.

The 2018-19 season is HERE, and the Cincinnati Cyclones want YOU along for the ride!Single game, Group, and Season Tickets are on sale NOW by calling (513) 421-PUCK! Stay on top of all the latest team updates and information on Facebook, Twitter (@CincyCyclones), and Instagram, along with our website, www.cycloneshockey.com!


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