GAME NOTES: 12-15 vs. Quad City
Game 24 (Home Game 12)
Vs. Quad City Mallards (8-13-1-0, 17pts)
Friday, December 15, 2017 - 7:35pm ET
U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH
Overview: Cincinnati snapped their four-game losing streak with a decisive 6-3 win over the Ft. Wayne Komets on Wednesday night. The win moved the Cyclones back into third place in the ECHL’s Central Division, and also marked their largest offensive output of the season.
Wednesday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (13-9-1-0) earned a 6-3 win over the Ft. Wayne Komets on Wednesday night. Forward Justin Vaive netted a pair of goals, while forwards Winston Day Chief, Justin Danforth, Jesse Schultz, and Daniel Muzito-Bagenda added lone tallies for Cincinnati, who snapped their four-game losing streak. The Komets outshot Cincinnati, 42-22 on the night, with Cyclones goaltender Jonas Johansson stopping 38 for the win. Emotions ran high in this one as well, as the two sides combined for 40 minutes in penalties on 17 infractions.
Saturday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (12-9-1-0) we upended by the Tulsa Oilers, 3-1, on Saturday night. Forward Jesse Schultz scored the lone goal for Cincinnati, while forward Justin Danforth extended his point streak to 10 games. Cincinnati was outshot, 29-25 on the night, with goaltender Jonas Johansson stopping 29 in the loss.
Last Thursday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (12-8-1-0) fell to the Orlando Solar Bears, 5-3, on Thursday night. Defenseman Eric Knodel, along with forwards Brandon McNally and Mike Barrett netted the goals for the Cyclones. Cincinnati outshot the Solar Bears, 30-19 on the night, with goaltender Jason Kasdorf stopping 14 in defeat.
Previewing Quad City: The Mallards enter Saturday night having dropped three in a row and four of the last five games, and are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Indy Fuel on Thursday night. They are led offensively by forward Sam Warning who has a team high 11 goals to go along with seven assists. He is followed by rookie defenseman Willie Raskob who has a team-high 15 assists, and forward Brayden Low (7g, 6a) who rounds out the top three. In goal, CJ Motte leads all active Quad City netminders with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage in eight games played.
Inside the Series: Friday marks the first of two games on the weekend between the Cyclones and Mallards, and second of an eight-game season series. Cincinnati beat the Mallards on November 14, 5-2.
Next Game Preview: The Cyclones and Mallards will wrap up their weekend series on Saturday night at 7:35pm ET, in the finale of Cincinnati’s season-long six-game home stand.
Keep On, Keepin’ On!: With a goal and a pair of assists in Wednesday’s 6-3 win over the Ft. Wayne Komets, forward Justin Danforth has extended his point streak to 11 games, accounting for seven goals and nine assists in that time. The Oshawa, ON, native his having a stellar rookie season, leading all ECHL rookies in both points (28) and goals (13). His 28 points also ranks him eighth overall in League scoring.
Secondary Scoring: Cincinnati’s second and third lines, along with the defensive corps, have made major contributions offensively in recent games, accounting for 13 goals and 17 assists over the last 10 outings, including two goals and five assists in Wednesday’s 6-3 win over the Ft. Wayne Komets.
Anthony Peters Returns: Cyclones goaltender Anthony Peters has been returned from his American Hockey League (AHL) call-up with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Peters skated in three games with the Penguins, compiling a record of 0-2-1. Peters ranks fifth in the ECHL with a 2.26 goals-against average and fourth with a .929 save percentage, along with a 7-4-1-0 record. He has won six of the last eight games he has skated in with the Cyclones, allowing two or fewer goals in five of those contests.
Blake Thompson Traded: The Cincinnati Cyclones have traded defenseman Blake Thompson to the Adirondack Thunder, in exchange for future considerations. Thompson appeared in 11 games with Cincinnati, dishing out an assist, and registering a plus-5 on-ice rating.
Arvin Atwal Reassigned to Cincinnati: Defenseman Arvin Atwal has been reassigned to Cincinnati by the Rochester Americans; American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Cyclones. Signed to a Professional Tryout Agreement (PTO) on November 16, Atwal skated in a pair of games for the Americans, dishing out an assist and racking up 17 minutes in penalties. He has appeared in 11 games for the Cyclones this season and has accounted for a goal and three assists in that time.
Justin Vaive Returns: Cyclones forward and assistant captain Justin Vaive has been returned from the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Belleville Senators. He skated in six games with the Senators, however did not record a point. He appeared in two games with Cincinnati at the beginning of the season, lighting the lamp once in that time. He has spent the majority if his pro career in the AHL, accounting for 31 goals and 36 assists in 280 games. He has appeared in 62 ECHL games and has totaled 41 points (19g, 22a) in that time.
Limited Opportunity: Cincinnati is sixth in the ECHL with 2.74 goals against per game. The Cyclones have allowed three or fewer goals in nine of their last 11 games, and have given up more than three goals on just five occasions.
Finishing What They Started: The Cyclones have a 10-1-0-0 record when leading through two periods this season. This is a continuing trend from last season, when the Cyclones were 23-1-3-1 when leading after one, and 26-1-2-0 when leading after 40 minutes.
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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