Cyclones Win Four Straight
COMING UP: The Cincinnati Cyclones, the 2008 Kelly Cup champions, open a seven game homestand with three contests at U.S. Bank Arena this week. Wednesday (December 3), Dayton visits on a Wet Wednesday with twelve ounce beers on sale for just one dollar. Friday (December 5), it is Sing With Santa and on Saturday (December 6), it is Last Chance Christmas (Wii gaming system and other top toys). Both games will have Johnstown in town and faceoff for all three games this week will be at 7:30pm.
SCHEDULING QUIRK: Friday night (November 28) was the FINAL regular season game (of two) the Cyclones will play at Elmira this season. It was the fourth of seven games between the clubs this season. To put it into perspective, Dayton will visit U.S. Bank Arena eight times this season.
SCHEDULING QUIRK, PART TWO: The Cyclones traveled 1420 miles last weekend for the three games. The first leg to Elmira was 546 miles. Following the game, Cincinnati traveled 222 to Johnstown for Saturday night's contest. After that game, the club went 259 miles to Trenton and made the 593 mile journey home to complete the weekend following the contest.
ABOUT LAST NIGHT...: The Cyclones rallied for a pair of goals in the final twelve minutes at Trenton yesterday to force overtime, 2-2. Mark Van Guilder scored on the first shot of the bonus frame, 1:04 in, to end the contest. Olivier Latendresse and Barret Ehgoetz scored in regulation time and Conrad Martin dished out a pair of assists.
ABOUT SATURDAY NIGHT...: The Cyclones claimed a 6-3 triumph over first place Johnstown Saturday night. Thomas Beauregard delivered four goals and handed out an assist in the victory. Olivier Latendresse dished out three assists in the victory. Kyle Gajewski turned aside 21 shots in picking up his fourth triumph of the year.
ABOUT FRIDAY NIGHT...: The Cyclones rallied for a 4-3 shootout victory at Elmira. Ben McLeod scored his first two goals of the season, Martin Houle stopped 24 shots and another five shootout shots to gain the victory and Mark Van Guilder netted the only score of the shootout to clinch the triumph.
ABOUT TUESDAY...: Olivier Latendresse netted a pair of goals, Ian McKenzie netted his first pro score and Martin Houle stopped 26 shots and dished out a pair of assists in a 4-2 triumph over Dayton. That began a stretch of 14 games over 31 days--which includes five contests against Dayton.
WEBER REACHES CENTURY MARK: Head Coach Chuck Weber picked up his 100th regular season victory Saturday night. Now in his third season directing the Cyclones, Weber has a 101-50-15 mark (.651 winning percentage). The win also tied Chuck with Warren Young for the club lead in regular season wins, which was passed last night. Young needed three full seasons to post his 100-86-24 (.533) record.
LYNCH HELPS OUT: Defenseman Paul Lynch picked up his first point of the season Friday night--handing out the helper on the Ben McLeod's game-tying goal in the second period. For Lynch, it was his first ECHL point since December 27, 2004--when he had an assist for the Louisiana IceGators. That is 47 months and a day between points in the ECHL.
HOULE COMES UP BIG: Cyclones goaltender Martin Houle has a 4-1 record since joining the club last week with a 2.37 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. While, Houle has three games with Las Vegas that factor into his season statistics--his numbers with Cincinnati alone would give him the ECHL's eighth-best goals against average and the eleventh-best save percentage on the circuit.
CYCLONES ARE 'BEST IN CITY': The Cyclones learned two weeks ago that they were named by Cincinnati Magazine in its annual 'Best of' issue, as the 'Best Pro Sports Team'. The Cyclones won the award on the heels of their first Kelly Cup championship, ECHL record 71 wins between the regular season and playoffs and 28 percent increase in attendance--best in professional hockey in North America. The 'Best of' edition of Cincinnati Magazine is on news stands now.
GET OUT EARLY AND SCORE!: The Cyclones are averaging nearly two goals per game in the first period this season. The 29 opening stanza lamplighters are the most in the ECHL.
HAVEN'T WE PLAYED THIS GAME BEFORE?: The Cyclones have had 33 different players play already this season. Cincinnati used 46 players all of last season, in claiming the Kelly Cup. Head Coach Chuck Weber has used 13 different lineups this season.
ATTENDANCE NUMBERS UP: The Cyclones have drawn 22,869 to the first eight games at U.S. Bank Arena this season, an average of 2,859--which is 18th in the ECHL. Through the first eight games of last season, the club drew 15,674--an average of 1,959. Cincinnati did not reach 22,869 until the 14th home game of 2007-08--reaching 24,970 through those 14 dates, an average of 1,783 as of December 14, 2007. Attendance this season is up 45.9 percent through the first eight dates of a year ago--when the Cyclones had the highest percentage increase in attendance (36.8 percent) of any pro hockey team in North America. The 45.9 increase is the second-highest among all pro teams this season (Tulsa-CHL).
MILLER LITE CYCLONES COACHES SHOW: The Miller Lite Cyclones Coaches Show will be held tonight from 7-8pm at Jefferson Hall at Newport on the Levee. Head Coach Chuck Weber and a pair of players are usually on hand each week. For Monday, December 1--Donny Grover and Thomas Beauregard will be the guests.
TICKETS! GET YOUR TICKETS!: Tickets for all Cincinnati Cyclones games can be purchased through TicketMaster at 513-562-4949 or by using their website at: www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the window day of the game. Season ticket packages can also be obtained by contacting the Cyclones offices at 513-421-PUCK (7825) x. 3.
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