GAME NOTES: 12/3 vs. Brampton
Game 19 (Road Game 12)
Vs. Brampton Beast (8-9-1-2, 19 PTS)
Sunday, December 3, 2017 – 2:00pm ET
Powerade Centre - Brampton, ON
Overview: Cincinnati earned their fifth win in a row on Friday against the Brampton Beast, and have picked up wins in six of their last eight games. Cincinnati wraps up their weekend series with Brampton on Sunday before returning home for six in a row at home beginning in Tuesday.
Friday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (12-5-1-0) picked up their fifth win in a row with a 4-2 decision over the Brampton Beast. Cyclones forwards Jesse Schultz, Justin Danforth, and Shawn O’Donnell, along with defenseman Chris Leone scored the goals for the ‘Clones. The Cyclones were outshot, 36-33 on the evening, with goaltender Jonas Johansson turning aside 34 for his third consecutive win.
Wednesday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (11-5-1-0) took down the Reading Royals, 4-3, on Wednesday night. Forwards Brandon McNally, Rob De Fulviis, Shawn O’Donnell, and Justin Danforth netted the goals for Cincinnati, who have now won four games in a row. The Royals outshot Cincinnati, 30-24 on the night, with Cyclones netminder Jonas Johansson stopping 27 in the win.
Last Saturday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (10-5-1-0) skated to a 4-1 road victory against the Ft. Wayne Komets on Saturday night. Forwards Justin Danforth, Jesse Schultz, Winston Day Chief, and Rob De Fulviis netted the goals for Cincinnati. The Cyclones were outshot, 38-25 on the evening, with goaltender Anthony Peters stopping 36 in the win.
Previewing Brampton: The Beast have dropped three in a row following their six-game winning streak, and are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Adirondack Thunder on Saturday night. The key to their success in recent games has been playing with a lead, as they are a perfect 6-0-0-0 when leading after two periods. They are led offensively by forward Brandon Marino who has accounted for seven goals and 12 assists through the first 19 games of the season. He is followed by forward Chris Leveille (6g, 10) and defenseman Matt Petgrave (5g, 7a) who round out the top three. In goal, Andrew D’Agostini and Marcus Hoberg have each appeared in seven games, with D’Agostini accumulating a 4-2-0-1 record along with a 2.97 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.
Inside the Series: This weekend marks the first time Cincinnati has traveled to Brampton, and Saturday will be the third all-time meeting between the two sides. Each team has won on the other’s home ice, and the teams will meet two more times in 2017-18 after Saturday,
Next Game Preview: The Cyclones return home for a lengthy homestand, as they host the Orlando Solar Bears on Tuesday night, in the first of six in a row at U.S. Bank Arena . This will be the first time in two seasons Cincinnati and Orlando will meet, and Tuesday will mark the first of two games between the two teams this season.
The Captain Returns: Cyclones Captain Eric Knodel has been reassigned to Cincinnati by the Rochester Americans, American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Cincinnati Cyclones. Signed to a Professional Tryout Agreement (PTO) on November 16, Knodel appeared in two games with the Americans, however did not record a point. Knodel currently ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 12 points (5g, 7a).
Filling the Net: The line of Justin Danforth, Shawn O’Donnell, and Jesse Schultz have led the Cyclones offensively this season, accounting for 59 points (26g, 33a) through the first 17 games this season, including three goals and an assist in Friday’s 4-3 win over the Brampton Beast. O’Donnell leads the team in scoring with 23 points (9g, 14a), while Danforth is having a stellar first full pro season, currently ranking second in League rookie scoring with 20 points (11g, 9a). Schultz’s 16 points (6g, 10a) places him third on the team in scoring, and he is also tied for second on the team with a plus-10 on-ice rating.
Amongst the Best: The Cyclones have three players on ECHL leader boards entering Sunday Forward Shawn O’Donnell is tied for fifth in League scoring with 23 points (9g, 14a), while rookie forward Justin Danforth is tied for second amongst rookies with 20 points (11g, 9a). Additionally, goaltender Anthony Peters is fourth in the ECHL with a 2.26 goals against average, and sixth with a .929 save percentage.
Peters Earns AHL Call: The Cincinnati Cyclones, proud ECHL affiliate of the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Rochester Americans and the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Buffalo Sabres, have announced that goaltender Anthony Peters has been loaned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. A native of Blyth, ON, Peters currently ranks fourth in the ECHL with a 2.26 goals-against average and fifth 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, allowing two or fewer goals in five of those contests.
Reaching New Heights: Cyclones forward Rob De Fulviis saw his three-game goal scoring streak snapped on Friday night, however he has set a new career-high in goals and points with five tallies on the season. The Toronto, ON, native recorded a goal and three assists in 26 games with the Cyclones last season.
Limited Opportunity: Cincinnati is second in the ECHL with 2.44 goals against per game, and 12th with 31.22 shots allowed. The Cyclones have allowed two or fewer goals in four of their last five games, and have given up more than three goals on just three occasions.
Finishing What They Started: The Cyclones have a perfect 9-0-0-0 record when leading through two periods this season, and are 7-2-0-0 when leading after one. 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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