GAME NOTES: 11/14 vs. Quad City
Game 11 (Home Game 3)
Vs. Quad City Mallards (6-5-0-0, 12 PTS)
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:35am ET
U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH
Overview: Cincinnati returns home on Tuesday morning for their annual Field Trip Day Game. The Cyclones are coming off of a successful three-game road trip against the Florida Everblades where they took two of the three games between the two sides.
Saturday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (6-3-1-0) fell to the Florida Everblades, 1-0, on Saturday evening. The loss snaps the Cyclones’ five-game winning streak. Goaltender Anthony Peters was near perfect on the night, turning aside 28 of the 29 shots he faced in the loss.
Friday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (6-2-1-0) secured a 4-1 win over the Florida Everblades. It was a career night for Cyclones forward Justin Danforth, who recorded his first career hat trick, while forward Shawn O’Donnell added a goal and two assists. Cyclones netminder Jason Kasdorf was stellar in net, stopping 28 of the 29 shots he faced to collect the win.
Wednesday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (5-2-1-0) picked up a 4-3 shootout win over the Florida Everblades on Wednesday night. Forwards Justin Danforth, Rob De Fulviis, and Shawn O’Donnell tallied the goals in regulation for Cincinnati, while forwards Andrew Radjenovic and Jesse Schultz scored in the shootout. The ‘Clones were outshot, 39-32 on the night, with goaltender Anthony Peters turning aside 36 in regulation and both in the shootout to collect the win, in his first game against his former team.
Previewing Quad City: The Mallards enter Tuesday’s game having won two straight and five of their last seven games. They are coming off of a 2-1 win over the Indy Fuel at home on Sunday, and are currently third in the ECHL’s central division, one point back of the Cyclones in second. Offensively, the Mallards are averaging just 2.55 goals per game which is second lowest in the League. They are led by forwards Sam Warning who is tied for second in the ECHL with 10 goals. He has added an assist for 11 total points. He is followed by forwards Justin Kovacs (2g, 6a) and Willie Raskob (7a) who round out the top three. In goal, Ivan Kulbokov has shouldered the bulk of the load for Quad City, posting a record of 6-3-0-0, along with a 2.99 goals-against average, and a .924 save percentage.
Inside the Series: Back in the same division following a one-year hiatus, Tuesday marks the first of nine meetings between the two teams this season. Despite being in separate divisions in 2016-17, Cincinnati won last season’s series. 5-2-2-0.
Next Game Preview: The Cyclones welcome in the Toledo Walleye for the first of three straight against the rivals from up I-75. The two teams will meet eight times during the 2017-18 season.
GOOD MORNING, CINCINNATI!: Tuesday marks the Cyclones first of two scheduled morning matinees this season. The Cyclones will skate in the Indy Fuel’s School Day Game in February, and have won three of their last five school day matinees dating back to the 2015-16 season.
THE PUCK STOPS HERE: Goaltenders Jason Kasdorf and Anthony Peters have allowed a combined six goals over the last four games, while facing 25 or more shots in each game, and 29 or more in three of the four. Peters has handled the bulk of the load this season for the Cyclones, appearing in eight games and posting a 4-3-1-0 record. Kasdorf has been stellar in his two games of work, recording a perfect 2-0-0-0 record along with a 1.89 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
CYCLONES SIGN THOMPSON: The Cincinnati Cyclones have signed defenseman Blake Thompson to a Standard Player Contract (SPC). The 24 year-old has spent eight games this season with the Evansville Thunderbolts of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), accounting for a goal and five assists. He made his pro debut late last season, skating in a pair of games with the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears. Prior to turning pro, the Listowel, ON, native enjoyed a successful collegiate career at St. Norbert College where he totaled 73 points (19g, 54a) in 112 career games. He was also name assistant captain during his senior season.
MARTIN AND STEPHENS RECALLED: The Rochester Americans, American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Cincinnati Cyclones have recalled defensemen Brycen Martin and Devante Stephens. Martin has appeared in all 10 games for the Cyclones this season, registering a goal and a pair of assists, while Stephens has skated in eight games and dished out one assist.
HATS OFF: Forward Justin Danforth scored his first pro hat trick in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Florida Everblades, moving him into a tie for third place in League rookie scoring with 10 points (6g, 4a). He has five points over his last three games (4g, 1a), and has accounted for six in his last four skates (4g, 2a).
PILING UP THE POINTS: Forward Shawn O’Donnell has been a man on a mission as of late, totaling a pair of goals and six assists in his last five games. His 13 points (5g, 8a) leads the team in scoring, and he has points in all but one game played this season.
DISCIPLINED HOCKEY: The Cyclones currently rank as the ECHL’s second-east penalized team, having recorded 99 minutes in penalties through nine games. Cincinnati is also tied with the second-fewest major penalties at three, and have 10 or fewer penalty minutes in seven of their last eight games.
LEADING THE WAY: Forwards Shawn O’Donnell (3g, 5a) and Jesse Schultz (3g, 5a) sit atop the Cyclones leaderboard with eight points, while defenseman Eric Knodel (2g, 5a) is right behind them in second place with seven. All three have points in six of Cincinnati’s seven games played, and combined for five goals and six assists in Cincinnati’s four wins. Additionally, Schultz has points in four of this last five games, accounting for three goals, including a pair of game-winners, and two assists in that time.
LEADERSHIP GROUP ANNOUNCED: As decided by a team vote, this season’s captain will be defenseman Eric Knodel, and serving as assistants will be forwards Justin Vaive and Shawn O’Donnell. Knodel was the captain at the University of New Hampshire during his senior year, while O’Donnell previously served as an assistant captain in college at St. Mary’s University in Canada.
WELCOME BACK: The Cyclones season-opening roster includes seven players from the 2016-17 season, including three of their top five and five of their top 10 scorers. This season’s returners include Shane Walsh, who ranked second on last year’s team in scoring, followed by Shawn O’Donnell who was fourth and Brandon McNally in fifth. New captain Eric Knodel placed eighth in team scoring in 2016-17, while forward Dominic Zombo came in 10th and defenseman Arvin Atwal was 13th prior to his season being cut short due to injury. Forward Rob De Fulviis accounted for three points last season, along with accounting for 36 minutes in penalties in 26 games played.
NEW AFFILIATION: This offseason, the Cyclones, in conjunction with the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Buffalo Sabres, announced a new affiliation agreement. For Cincinnati, the move comes following a 10-year partnership with the Nashville Predators, while the Sabres recently concluded a two-year relationship with the now-defunct Elmira Jackals. This affiliation will be a reunion of sorts for the cities of Cincinnati and Buffalo, as the Sabres’ American Hockey League (AHL) Affiliate from 1971-1974 was the Cincinnati Swords. The Rochester Americans will serve as Cincinnati’s new AHL affiliate, and have been the AHL affiliate of the Sabres since 2011. This is not the first time Cincinnati and Rochester have been affiliated, as the two clubs teamed up in 2010-11 when the Americans were affiliated with the Florida Panthers.
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