Pee Dee Cyclones (SPHL) lose 5-1 at Knoxville
The Pee Dee Cyclones, playing without injured regulars Derrell Upton, J.F. Picard, Rob Kapuscinski, and Mike Kirby, and without suspended players Eric Naud, Chris Murphy, and Josh Vanderbreggen, kept it close for forty minutes on Saturday night before losing 5-1 to the first place Knoxville Ice Bears. Pee Dee, which dropped its seventh straight, saw their season record fall to 16-31-7. The Cyclones close out the regular season next weekend with two road games as the team gets ready for the start of the SPHL playoffs on March 24th & 25th at the Florence Civic Center. The 'Clones likely opponent, the Knoxville Ice Bears, need one more victory or Columbus loss to clinch first place.
Knoxville scored first as the Ice Bears Nathan Daly scored the only goal of the first period. The Cyclones Jeremy Kyte tied the game at one mid-way through the second period before the Ice Bears would score four unanswered goals to make the final 5-1. Pee Dee had defenseman Marcus Willy playing his third game, defenseman Joey Leceese his second game, and forwards Mike DeCarle & Mark Mullen playing their first games for the Cyclones Six.Former Cyclone Chris Kovalcik scored the game winner for Knoxville at 15:21 of the second period.
Cyclones Head Coach & Director of Hockey Operations, Mark Richards, still has a busy 48 hours + before Monday's SPHL Playoff Roster deadline. By 5:00PM on Monday (March 13th), the six SPHL playoff bound teams must designate their 18 man playoff rosters. The rosters will include 16 skaters and 2 goaltenders.
Cyclones playoff tickets are on sale this coming week at the Cyclones offices at the Florence Civic Center. Please call the Cyclones at 843-432-1234 for additional information.
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