GAME NOTES-12-4 vs Greenville
vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (10-10-1-0)
Friday, December 4, 2015 - 7:00 pm ET
Bon Secours Wellness Arena- Greenville, SC
The Overview: The Cyclones look to bounce back from a tough defeat at the hand of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits from Thursday night. It’s been a tough road for the Cyclones as of late, who are winless in their last three overall (0-2-0-1) and have just one win in their last five games.
Last Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (10-5-2-2) dropped a 4-3 decision to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Thursday night. Forward Zach Budish scored a pair of goals, while forward Jack Downing netted one for the Cyclones. Cincinnati outshot Greenville, 28-27, while the power play converted on one of three opportunities.
Tuesday Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (10-4-2-2) fell to the Quad City Mallards, 2-1 in the shootout, on Tuesday night. Forward Peter Quenneville tallied the lone goal for the Cyclones, who fall to 1-4 this season in games decided by overtime or a shootout. It was another solid performance from goaltender Brad Thiessen who stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced in the loss. Cincinnati outshot Quad City, 28-23 on the night, while the power play was held scoreless on all seven opportunities.
Saturday Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (10-4-2-1) dropped a 2-1 decision to the Quad City Mallards on Saturday night. Forward Zach Budish scored the lone goal for the Cyclones, who fall into a two-way tie with the Mallards for the lead in the Midwest Division. The Cyclones out shot Quad City, 31-29, in the contest, while the power play was held scoreless on all three chances. Goaltender Brad Thiessen stopped 27 shots in the loss.
Previewing Greenville: The Swamp Rabbits have won five of their last seven games, and are slowly climbing the ladder in the South Division, sitting in a tie for third place with the Atlanta Gladiators. Former Cyclone Jack Combs leads the Swamp Rabbits in scoring, accounting for nine goals and 11 assists through 17 games. He’s followed by forward Scott Fleming, (7g, 9a), and Ryan Rashid (6g, 7a), who each had a goal and an assist in last night’s win.
Inside the Series: This is the second of two meetings this season between Greenville and Cincinnati, with Greenville taking the opener on Thursday night. These two sides met four times last season with Greenville taking each matchup, and have met a total of 20 times, with Greenville holding a 12-4-3 record in those contests.
Next Game Preview: The Cyclones wrap up their three game road trip next Friday, December 11, against the Evansville IceMen. Friday marks the second of nine matchups this season, with Cincinnati winning the opener back on November 7, 2-1.
Rocky Road: With their 4-3 loss to Greenville on Thursday, the Cyclones are now 2-4-1-0 away from U.S. Bank Arena, and have won just one of their last five road games. Despite the troubles on the road, Cincinnati is averaging 3.00 goals per game in hostile territory.
Deuces Wild: Forwards Zach Budish and Andrew Yogan each enjoyed multi-point efforts in last night’s 4-3 loss to Greenville. Budish tallied a pair of goals early in the third period, giving him four multi-point games on the season, which is second to forward Nick Huard who has five. Yogan dished out a pair of assists in last night’s loss, and has multi-point outings in both of his games played for the Cyclones this season (3a, 10/17 vs TOL- 5-1 W).
Hitting the Road: After playing 11 of the first 18 games at home, the Cyclones will play 15 of the next 22 games on the road, skating just six times at home between December 1 and January 30. So far this season, the Cyclones have compiled a 2-4-1-0 mark on the road, and are averaging 3.00 goals per game in those contests.
Youngbloods: Rookie forwards Peter Quenneville and Joe Wilson have been making some big offensive contributions as of late. Quenneville potted the lone goal in Tuesday’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Quad City Mallards, and now has points in six of his last eight games played (3g, 3a). He has accounted for 10 points through the first 18 games of his pro career (3g, 7a). Wilson has netted a pair of goals and dished out two assists over his last seven games, and has a positive or even on-ice rating in nine straight contests.
Well, Aren’t You Special: The Cyclones’ special teams play has been a large part to the team’s early season success. Cincinnati netted their first shorthanded marker of the season in Thursday’s 5-1 win over the Ft. Wayne Komets, while the power play has goals in eight of the team’s last 12 games, including one in last night’s 4-3 loss to Greenville. Cincinnati is seventh in the ECHL, converting on 20.9% (14-of-67) of man-advantage opportunities, and have accounted for 39 points on the power play this season (13g, 26a). Forward Zach Budish leads the way with a goal and six assists, while forward Nick Huard is second on the team in power play scoring with three goals and three assists. Three Cyclones have accounted for five man-advantage points in forwards Jack Downing (3g, 2a) and Joe Pendenza (2g, 3a), and defenseman Steve Weinstein (1g, 4a).
Playing Stingy: The Cyclones are currently fourth in the ECHL with 2.11 goals allowed per game. The Cyclones have allowed two or fewer goals in eight of their last 11 games played, and have let in a total of 40 goals this season, which is the third fewest in the
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