Cyclones Return Home For Three
COMING UP: The Cincinnati Cyclones, the ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators, host three games this week in the American Conference Semifinals. The Cyclones are tied with Charlotte at one game each in the best of seven series to determine one half of the American Conference Finals. Cincinnati will host game three Wednesday night (April 21) at U.S. Bank Arena. It is another Wet Wednesday with Pabst Blue Ribbon and Miller High Life cans priced at one dollar each. Game four will be played Friday night (April 23) and it is John Morrell hot dogs priced at one dollar that are the specialty item. The fifth game of the series will be played at U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday night (April 24) at 7:30pm. Donatos pizza slices will be a dollar per slice throughout the night. All three games will be carried on the club's website at: www.cycloneshockey.com.
ABOUT SATURDAY NIGHT...: Charlotte used three special teams goals to claim a 5-0 win over Cincinnati. The Checkers scored a pair of power play goals and notched a shorthanded marker. Mike Bartlett had a pair of goals--including the game winner in the triumph.
ABOUT FRIDAY NIGHT...: The Cyclones twice climbed back from two goal deficits to grab a 4-3 win against Charlotte. Brett Robinson's goal with 4:22 remaining gave the club the win. Robinson finished the night with two points and a plus-three rating. Brett Motherwell, in his first-ever Kelly Cup playoffs appearance, had a goal and an assist. Maxime Lacroix and Dustin Sproat had the other lamplighters for Cincinnati. Jeremy Smith knocked away 16 shots for the win.
COMEBACK KIDS: The Cyclones won their third comeback game of the Kelly Cup playoffs Friday night. The club erased a one-goal deficit in the opening game of the South Carolina series and battled back from a 2-1 hole late in the third period of game five. The Cyclones trailed 2-0 and 3-1 in the game, but three unanswered goals in the second half of the contest took the victory.
DIRECTOR OF COMEBACKS: Cyclones Head Coach Chuck Weber has guided the club to three come-from-behind wins in these Kelly Cup playoffs and 13 in his four seasons at the helm. In the four regular seasons under Weber's direction, Cincinnati has recorded 64 regular season comeback wins.
GET SHORTY: The Cyclones got their first shorthanded goal of the playoffs Friday night when Maxime Lacroix redirected a Matt Pierce pass out of the corner in the second period. Cincinnati led the ECHL with a club-record 16 mad-disadvantage goals during the regular season.
AROUND THE ECHL...: Fifth-seeded Cincinnati is tied with first-seed Charlotte, one win each in the best of seven American Conference Semifinals series. In the other series, seventh-seeded Reading leads sixth-seeded Florida, three games to none. The winner of the Cincinnati-Charlotte series will host the opening two games of the conference finals during the weekend of April 30. In the National Conference, Brabham Cup winner (ECHL's best record) Idaho leads fourth-seed Utah, two games to none and third-seed Stockton leads second-seed Bakersfield, two games to none also.
WE'RE ONLY AT HOME ON THE ROAD...: Under Head Coach Chuck Weber, the Cyclones are 19-7-2 (.714 winning percentage) in playoff games away from U.S. Bank Arena. The club is 15-5-2 (.727) away from home since the start of the 2007-08 Kelly Cup playoffs. Cincinnati is the only team in the 2010 Kelly Cup playoffs with three road triumphs. The Cyclones are 3-1-1 in postseason playoff action this season.
THAT IS ODD: The Cyclones are perfect in all the odd numbered playoff games (games one, three and five) this season, posting a 4-0 record. However, the club is winless in the even numbered playoff games (two and four)--turning in a 0-2-1 slate.
SMITH SOLID: Cyclones goaltender Jeremy Smith leads all ECHL goaltenders in the Kelly Cup playoffs with a 2.23 goals against average, is second in save percentage at .919, second in minutes played (458) and third in wins with four. Smith's 192 saves are fourth-most in the league as well. He is one of two goaltenders in the postseason with a shutout.
THIRD PERIOD IS GOOD: The Cyclones have outscored opponents, 5-2, in the third period of games in the playoffs. The two goals allowed are the second-fewest permitted (Idaho has allowed just one--but played only two games so far). During the regular season, Cincinnati gave up just 61 third period goals--the fewest by any team in the league.
NO, THE THIRD PERIOD IS GREAT!: Cincinnati turned in a 2-19 record when trailing after two periods in the regular season. The Cyclones are already 2-2 in the postseason when trailing after a pair of frames. Friday night ended a stretch of 34 games between the regular season and playoffs for Charlotte of taking a second period lead into the third and not losing in regulation time.
TALKING ABOUT THREES: With game three of the American Conference Semifinals coming up in the series, it is interesting to note that in the opening round of the conference postseason--the winner of game three won all four prior best of fives. Reading has already won game three of its series with Florida to grab a three games to none in their best of seven series.
SATURDAY NIGHT.....IS NOT ALWAYS KIND: The Cyclones have lost the last five Saturday nights they have played. The last triumph on a Saturday was March 13, in a 3-2 overtime win at Elmira. The club lost last Saturday in overtime to South Carolina, 3-2. The team dropped a 4-1 verdict on April 3 at Wheeling, a 6-3 decision at Kalamazoo on March 27 and a 3-2 contest to Toledo on March 20. The club was 11-10-1 in the regular season on Saturday and has been 40-22-6 on the sixth day of the week in the regular season since 2007-08.
SLOW STARTERS: The Cyclones have surrendered 17 goals in seven games to the opposition in the Kelly Cup playoffs. Eight of those scores have come during the first period.
WEBER GOOD IN BONUS TIME: Saturday night was the 54th playoff game of Chuck Weber's coaching career. The Cyclones are 34-18-2 (.648 winning percentage) in the playoffs under the fourth-year mentor and now have a 6-2 record in games that go into overtime.
EHGOETZ A RECORD HOLDER HERE TOO...: Cyclones center Barret Ehgoetz holds many of the club's career statistical records in the regular season and is making his mark in the playoffs as well. Ehgoetz is the club's games played leader (54) and tied for the top spot with a shorthanded goal. Barret holds the team record for points (36), is second in assists (23), goals (13) and shots (102).
ROUND TWO...: With the series win over South Carolina last week, the Cyclones clinched the series with the Stingrays. Under Head Coach Chuck Weber, the team has advanced into the second round in each of the playoff campaigns that he has been a Head Coach.
END OF THE RUN: The Cyclones string of consecutive seasons with North Division regular season titles ended in the loss at Wheeling on April 3. In 2006-07, the Cyclones entered the final night of the season with a chance to win the North Division--but finished third, three points behind Dayton. In 2007-08, the club captured the division title on March 17 and then went on to win the Kelly Cup. Last season, the club won the championship on the final day of the season with a win over Johnstown. On April 3, the club had a chance to claim the title before Kalamazoo's victory.
ATTENDANCE NUMBERS STRONG: The Cyclones drew 10,512 for the game April 2. It was the second-largest crowd of the season and the fifth time the club put a crowd among the top ten in team history. Nine times this season the club surpassed 6000 in attendance. Cincinnati finished the year with 139,919--an average of 3886. That's an increase of 25.2 percent over 2008-09.
AIN'T NO STOPPIN' US NOW...: The Cyclones went 17-8-2 (.667 winning percentage) after February 1. The club collected an American Conference-high 44 wins. It was the second-fastest in team history the club reached 44 victories.
WINNERS AT HOME...: The Cyclones won 23 games on home ice, third-most by any team in the American Conference and fifth-most in the ECHL. Cincinnati went 11-3-2 (.750) in the last 16 contests at U.S. Bank Arena, dating back to January 25. While the record is impressive--the defensive effort is stellar. The team limited the opposition to 34 goals, which is a 2.02 goals against average. Of the 34 goals--Half (17) have come on the power play or by empty net.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Cyclones won their 21st away game of the season in the triumph at Kalamazoo on March 31. That gives Cincinnati the most road triumphs in the American Conference and second-most in the league (Idaho has 23). The Cyclones are 17-7 (.708 winning percentage) away from U.S. Bank Arena since Nov. 29.
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