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Pee Dee Cyclones "Magic Number" to Clinch SPHL Playoff Spot is One!

March 4, 2006 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Twin City Cyclones News Release

The Pee Dee Cyclones dropped their fourth in a row on Saturday night at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, losing 5-2 to the FireAntz in a fight filled contest that featured 150 minutes in penalties and five fights in the final 3:30 of the game. The Jacksonville Barracudas also lost on Saturday, 6-2 to Huntsville. Jacksonville's loss means that the Cyclones "magic number" to clinch their SPHL playoff spot is now only one! Either a Pee Dee victory or a Jacksonville loss in regulation will mean the Cyclones will become the first expansion team in the SPHL to earn a playoff spot. Jacksonville plays at home on Tuesday against Huntsville while the Cyclones next game is Thursday night at the Florence Civic Center against Columbus (7:35PM).

The Cyclones scored the first goal of the game at 8:41 of the first period as Josh Vanderbreggen scored from J.F. Picard and newcomer Brett Roat. The second 'Clones goal made the score 3-2 Fayetteville when leading scorer Edan Welch scored his 34th of the year with assists from Joel Petkoff & Steve Birch at 6:26 of the second period. Pee Dee (16-28-7) played without forward Geoff Rollins who was injured Friday night in Knoxville. The Cyclones had two new players in the line-up. Former Pee Dee Pride forward Brett Roat, who wore sweater #9, and defenseman Marcus Willy (#11) were added to the roster. Pee Dee is Roat's seventh team this season after he played in 19 games last year for the Pride. Roat, from Chicago, Illinois, played this season for Jacksonville & Fayetteville (SPHL), Augusta (ECHL), and Rockford, Flint, and Port Huron (UHL). Willy played the last two years (2003-04 & 2004-05) in Winston-Salem. The native of Marshfield, Massachusets played four years of college hockey at Bentley College.

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