CYCLONES WEEKLY RELEASE- Week 20
For Immediate Release: February 29, 2016
CYCLONES WEEKLY RELEASE- WEEK 20
Week 20: February 29 – March 6
LAST WEEK RECAP:
Saturday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (29-20-3-3) fell to the Indy Fuel, 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday night, in front of a record crowd of 16,529 at U.S. Bank Arena. Forward Colin Mulvey scored both goals in regulation for the Cyclones, who have points in 10 of the last 12 games. The Cyclones outshot Indy, 33-30, including 15-8 in the third period and overtime.
Friday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (29-20-3-2) extended their winning streak to four games, with a 3-0 shutout win over the Tulsa Oilers on Friday night. Forwards Zach Budish, Colin Mulvey, and Andrew Yogan scored the goals for the Cyclones, while goaltender Andy Iles stopped all 27 shots he faced for his second shutout as a Cyclone.
Wednesday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (28-20-3-2) picked up a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Gladiators on Wednesday night. Forward Joe Pendenza potted a pair of goals, while forwards Branden Gracel, Christiaan Minella, and Jack Downing netted lone tallies for Cincinnati. The Cyclones were outshot, 27-23 on the evening, with goaltender Andy Iles stopping 25 to collect his tenth win as a Cyclone.
Tuesday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (27-20-3-2) collected a 5-2 win over the Evansville IceMen on Tuesday night. Defenseman Garrett Noonan notched a pair of goals, while forwards Joe Pendenza, Branden Gracel, and Tommy Mele chipped in lone tallies for the Cyclones, who earn their tenth home win in a row over the Evansville IceMen. Cincinnati outshot the IceMen, 25-28 on the night, with goaltender Andy Iles turning aside 16 to earn the win.
Where the Cyclones Stand:
Cincinnati currently sits in second place in the ECHL’s Midwest Division, with a record of 29-20-3-3. At 64 points, the Cyclones are just three points back of the Division-leading Ft. Wayne Komets (67), and are now eight points ahead of the Indy Fuel in third (56). Cincinnati is tied with the Utah Grizzlies for the fifth playoff spot in the Western Conference, and are three points up on the Tulsa Oilers, who are in seventh.
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Friday, March 4: AT Quad City- 8:05pm ET
Saturday, March 5: AT Indy- 7:35pm ET
News and Notes:
Cyclones’ Record-Setting Night: The Cyclones saw their highest-attended regular season game in team history on Saturday night, as 16,529 fans watched Cincinnati drop a 3-2 shootout thriller to the Indy Fuel. The crowd surpassed the previous regular season record (13,237), set on January 4, 2014, and overall record (13,438), set on May 21, 2010. Saturday marked the first sellout in Cyclones history at U.S. Bank Arena, and the game also stands as the second highest-attended game in ECHL history.
Heating Up: Forward Colin Mulvey was a key factor for the Cyclones last week, accounting for three goals and two assists in four games, with all of his goals coming in the last two contests. Since being acquired in a trade from the South Carolina Stingrays in early February, Mulvey has recorded six points (3g 3a).
The Puck Stops Here: Goaltender Andy Iles earned his second shutout as a Cyclone on Friday night, stopping all 27 shots he faced in Cincinnati’s 3-0 win over the Tulsa Oilers. He has seen tremendous success since being claimed off of waivers in early January, posting 11 wins in his first 17 games with the Cyclones (11-5-0-1) including a pair of shutouts, along with a 2.37 goals-against average, and a .915 save percentage. The Ithaca, NY, native has had an exceptional month of February, posting a 8-3-0-1 record, and a 2.12 GAA along with a .927 SV%.
You Guys Again!?: Saturday night’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Indy Fuel marked the first of six straight games against the Indy Fuel and Quad City Mallards, with the Cyclones taking on both squads three times each in that span. The Cyclones have posted a 5-5-0-2 combined record against Quad City and Indy, and will take on each team five times each over the last 17 games of the season.
Late Game Heroics: With a goal in the third period of Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Indy Fuel, the Cyclones are now second in the ECHL with 66 goals in the third period, and are outscoring their opponents, 66-46, in the final frame, which is tied for the largest margin in the ECHL. Cincinnati’s third period offensive production has especially been showcased in the final 10 minutes of regulation, as the Cyclones are outscoring the opposition, 40-25, in that span.