GAME NOTES-12-19 vs Missouri
Game 24 (Road Game 11)
Vs. Missouri Mavericks (20-3-0-1)
Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 8:05 pm ET
Silverstein Eye Centers Arena- Independence, MO
Overview: The Cyclones wrap up their season series with the Missouri Mavericks on Saturday night. Cincinnati fell to Missouri, 5-2, on Friday night, marking their sixth road loss of the season. This is the second of three games overall this weekend for the Cyclones, who wrap up their three game weekend Sunday in Wichita against the Thunder.
Last Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (12-7-2-2) fell to the Missouri Mavericks, 5-2, on Friday night. Forwards Andrew Yogan and Jack Downing scored the lone goals for the Cyclones, who fall in the first of three games this weekend. The Cyclones outshot Missouri, 27-26, on the night, while the power play converted on two-of-three chances.
Last Saturday Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (12-6-2-2) picked up a 6-4 win over the Evansville IceMen on Saturday night. Forward Andrew Yogan netted a pair of goals, while forwards Jack Downing, Seth Ambroz, Branden Gracel and Joe Wilson potted lone tallies for the Cyclones. The Cyclones outshot Evansville on the night, 28-25, while the power play was held scoreless on all three chances.
Last Friday Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (11-6-2-2) fell to the Evansville IceMen, 7-3, on Friday night. Forwards Nick Huard, Peter Quenneville, and Christiaan Minella scored the goals for the Cyclones. Goaltenders Neil Conway and Brandon Whitney split time in net, combining to make 32 saves on 39 Evansville shots. The Cyclones were outshot on the night, 39-29, while the power play converted on two of its five chances.
Previewing Missouri: The Mavericks currently sit atop the ECHL standings, and are 15-1-0-0 in their last 16 games. They had their 14-game winning streak snapped last Sunday, in a 4-3 loss to the Tulsa Oilers. Forward Jesse Root (13g, 15a), and forward Tyler Barnes (12g, 16a)are tied for the team lead in points with 28, while forward Rocco Carzo (2g, 16) is second with 18. Missouri enters Saturday’s contest leading the League in both goals for (3.42/game) and goals against (1.75/game), and they are amongst the top ECHL teams at home, boasting a perfect 9-0-0-0 record.
Inside the Series: Saturday is the finale of the two-game season series between the Cyclones and Mavericks. Friday was the first all-time meeting between the two teams, meaning that Missouri leads the all-time series, 1-0-0-0.
Next Game Preview: The Cyclones wrap up their three-game road trip on Sunday evening in Wichita against the Thunder. The two teams have never met before, and this will be the lone regular season meeting of the season.
Power Supply: The Cyclones have risen to the top of the League’s power play rankings, converting on 24.1% (20/83) of their man-advantage opportunities. Both goals scored in last night’s 5-2 loss to the Missouri Mavericks came via the power play. Forward Nick Huard leads the team with 10 power play points (6g, 4a), while forwards Jack Downing (4g, 4a) and Zach Budish (1g 7a) are tied for second.
Racking Up the Points: Forward Andrew Yogan has made an instant impact since coming back from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL). He recorded a goal and an assist in last night’s 5-2 loss to the Missouri Mavericks, and has accounted for four goals and four assists in six games since returning from the AHL, and he has recorded multi-point efforts in four of those contests.
We Huard He Was Pretty Good: Rookie forward Nick Huard (pronounced HEARD) continues to pile up the points for the Cyclones. After being held off the scoresheet for a season-high three games late in November, Huard has points in five straight, and six of his last eight games played, accounting for four goals and six assists in that span. He currently leads the Cyclones, and is fifth in League rookie scoring with 23 points (8g, 15a), and has multi-point efforts on seven occasions this season, which is also a team-high.
First for the Kid: Forward Seth Ambroz had reason to celebrate following last Saturday’s 6-4 win over the Evansville IceMen. The New Prague, MN, native tallied his first career goal in win, marking his first professional hockey goal. Ambroz has split time between the Cyclones and Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, appearing in 14 total games, and accounting for a goal and 29 penalty minutes, along with a +1 on-ice rating.
Defensively Offensive: Defenseman Steve Weinstein has been a staple on the scoresheet all season long for the Cyclones. He has points in eight of his last 11 games played (1g, 9a), and leads the Cyclones in defenseman scoring, totaling three goals and 12 assists through 23 games this season.
The Road Ahead: The Cyclones are getting ready to log a ton of bus miles over the next month, with 12 of the team’s next 19 games on the road. The road hasn’t been too kind to Cincinnati this season, as the Cyclones have compiled a 3-6-1 record away from U.S. Bank Arena. Despite the struggles on the road, the Cyclones are averaging 3.30 goals per game in road contests.
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