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"The Sandman" Sandy Allan to appear at this week's Cyclones Home Games

February 20, 2006 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Twin City Cyclones News Release

One of the most popular players in the history of Pee Dee hockey will be in attendance at the Pee Dee Cyclones home games this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Florence Civic Center. Goaltender Sandy Allan, who had five great seasons for the Pee Dee Pride from 1998-99 through 2001-02 when an unfortunate off-ice accident cut short his professional career, will be in attendance to meet and greet the fans and be available for media interviews throughout the weekend.

Allan, 32, was a draft choice of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the Pee Dee Pride for the 1997-98 season and during the 1998-99 hockey season, he teamed with current Cyclones coach Mark Richards, as the best goaltending tandem in the ECHL. That season "The Sandman" (Allan) and "The Wall" (Richards) won 50 games between them and led the Pee Dee Pride to the ECHL's Southeast Division Regular Season Championship only to lose in the Southern Conference Finals during the playoffs. During his five seasons in the Pee Dee, Sandy won 98 regular season games.

The Cyclones are home all week at the Florence Civic Center, playing on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Face off is 7:35PM each night. Pee Dee is in sixth place in the SPHL with a record of 15 wins-24 losses-5 overtime losses. The Cyclones have a nine point lead over Jacksonville for the sixth, and final, SPHL playoff spot. The SPHL playoffs will begin during the week of March 20th.

Upcoming games & promotions:

Thursday, February 23rd vs. Florida Seals (7:35PM @ Florence Civic Center). The seventh meeting of the year against Florida with the season series currently standing at 2 wins-2 losses- 2 overtime losses. The Seals defeated Pee Dee 2-1 in overtime last Friday night at the Florence Civic Center. Promotion: "Student & Military Night". Anyone showing either a valid student or military I.D. can purchase tickets for only $5.00 and the Cyclones have a $5.00 General Admission ticket for Thursday night games. Also: "Thirsty Thursday" with $2.00 draft beer and $1.00 soft drink specials.

Friday, February 24th vs. Knoxville Ice Bears (7:35PM @ Florence Civic Center). The first place Ice Bears start this week's action with an impressive record of 31-10-4 and are 9-1 in their last ten games. The last time the two teams met was back on January 17th when the Cyclones won 7-5 and former ‘Clones Goaltender Kevin Schieve (now with Wheeling/ECHL) made a reported 76 saves in the game. This is the ninth meeting of the year with Knoxville leading the series 6-2 but the series is tied 2-2 at the FCC.

Promotion: "Humane Society Night". Fans are encouraged to donate dog or cat food at the game. "Adopt-A-Pet" will be on the concourse during the game.

Saturday, February 25th vs. Jacksonville Barracudas (7:35PM @ Florence Civic Center). The eighth meeting vs. Jacksonville with Pee Dee leading the season series 4-1-2. The Cyclones have won the past two games against Jacksonville including last Tuesday's 5-4 victory at the FCC. Another game against the Barracudas with playoff importance as the ‘Clones currently lead Jacksonville by nine points for the final SPHL playoff spot. Promotion: "Scout Night". Call the Cyclones @ 432-1234 to get your scout group involved in Saturday's game.

Cyclones and the SPHL Playoffs

If the SPHL regular season ended today, the Cyclones would be in sixth place and qualify for the sixth and final playoff spot. As of right now, they would play the first place Knoxville Ice Bears in a best of five series that would start sometime during the week of March 20th. According to reports in the February 9th edition of the Knoxville News-Sentinel, due to an arena conflict with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Knoxville will not have home ice availability for the first week of the SPHL playoffs and games #1 & #2 of the series could be played at the Florence Civic Center.

Cyclones Player Notes:

Forward Edan Welch continues to lead the team in scoring with 28 goals & 24 assists for 52 points in 44 games. Welch also continues to lead the team in goals scored with his 28. Forward Trevor Karasiewicz leads in assists with 31 in 36 games played. Forward Chris Murphy leads in penalty minutes with 197 minutes in 42 games. Defenseman Dan Pszenyczny leads the team in plus / minus with a +7 rating in 29 games.

Only Edan Welch has appeared in all forty-four of the Cyclones games this season.

Cyclones Appearances:

Join Cyclones Head Coach Mark Richards, new Owner Bob Kerzner, and selected players every Tuesday night at 7:30PM at the Phoenix Bar & Grill in the Thunderbird Hotel on Highway 52 and I-95 for the Cyclones Radio Show on 100.1 FM "The Fan" as a part of the weekly "Press Box PM" radio program with host Emerson "E-Daddy" Phillips.

This Saturday, February 25th, the Cyclones will be represented at the Pee Dee Kids Jamboree from 9AM-6PM at the Florence Civic Center.

Cyclones Tickets Notes:

* Cyclones season tickets are still on sale at the Pee Dee Cyclones office located inside the Florence Civic Center on the lower level of the building. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 5PM.

* Cyclones group tickets are on sale for every Cyclones home game at the Florence Civic Center. Please call 843-432-1234 for additional information.

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