GAME NOTES: 3/10 vs. Ft. Wayne
For Immediate Release: March 10, 2018
Game 58 (Road Game 29)
Vs. Ft. Wayne Komets (27-28-2-1, 57 pts)
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 7:30pm ET
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum - Ft. Wayne, IN
Overview: The Cyclones saw their fourth five-game winning streak of the season come to an end on Friday night with a 5-2 road loss to the Indy Fuel. Despite the loss however, the Cyclones still remain five points up on the Kansas City Mavericks, who have leapfrogged their way into the fourth and final playoff spot in the ECHL’s Central Division.
Last Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (33-22-2-0) saw their five-game winning streak halted with a 5-2 loss to the Indy Fuel on Friday night. Defenseman Brock Beukeboom and forward Brandon McNally netted the goals for Cincinnati. Indy outshot the Cyclones, 43-32, with goaltender Jonas Johansson stopping 38 in the loss.
Sunday Afternoon Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (33-21-2-0) pushed their winning streak to five games with a 3-1 win over the Kalamazoo Wings on Sunday afternoon. Forwards Shawn O’Donnell and Brandon McNally, along with defenseman Chris Leone netted the goals for the Cyclones, who extend their lead over the Wings to seven points. The Cyclones were outshot, 37-29 on the evening, with goaltender Jonas Johansson stopping 36 in the win.
Saturday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (32-21-2-0) earned a 5-2 win over the Quad City Mallards on Saturday night. Forwards Winston Day Chief, Mike Barrett, Rob De Fulviis and Alex Kile, along with defenseman Eric Knodel scored the goals for the Cyclones, who have won four games in a row. The Cyclones were outshot, 33-28 on the evening, with goaltender Jason Kasdorf stopping 31 shots in the win.
Previewing Ft. Wayne: The Komets are in a battle for with the Toledo Walleye for the top spot in the ECHL, sitting just four points back. Ft. Wayne has won eight of their last 10 games, and are coming off a 6-2 win in Kalamazoo over the Wings on Friday night. They enter Saturday’s contest with the League’s best offense, averaging 4.24 goals per game, and are sixth with an average of 2.90 goals against per 60 minutes. Additionally, the Komets have the third-best home penalty kill percentage in the ECHL, thwarting 88.1% of opposing man-advantage opportunities (96/109). They are led offensively by forward Shawn Szydlowski who has totaled 68 points (27g, 41a) in 51 games played. He is followed by forwards Garrett Thompson (25g, 35a) and Gabriel Desjardins (27g, 30a) who round out the top three. In goal, Garrett Bartus leads the way with a 15-3-0-1 record, along with a 2.57 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.
Inside the Series: This will be the seventh meeting of the season between these two teams this season, with the Cyclones posting a 4-2-0-0 record against the Komets in the first six. The teams are scheduled to meet twice more this season.
Next Game Preview: Cincinnati wraps up their busy weekend on Sunday afternoon in Brampton against the Beast. The Cyclones have taken two of the first three matchups with Brampton on the season, with each contest having been decided by a lone goal.
Cincinnati Signs Prapavessis: The Cyclones , have signed defenseman Michael Prapavessis to an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO). He was a fourth-round draft pick by the NHL’s Dallas Stars in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. A native of Oakville, ON, Prapavessis just completed a successful collegiate career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he accounted for 62 points (7g, 55a) in 154 career games. He also served as team captain during his senior season, and was teammates with Cyclones goaltender Jason Kasdorf during his freshman and sophomore seasons. He played junior hockey for the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) where he totaled seven goals and 55 assists in 72 games played over parts of two seasons. His brother, Matt Prapavessis, currently plays for the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits.
Welcome to Cincinnati: Recently-acquired defenseman Brock Beukeboom wasted little time making an impact for his new team, as he netted a goal in Friday’s 5-2 loss to the Indy Fuel. He was acquired from the Worcester Railers on Thursday, in exchange for cash considerations. Beukeboom has appeared in 42 games this season between the Cyclones, Railers, and Greenville Swamp Rabbits, accounting for a pair of goals and nine assists.Drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Beukeboom spent the previous four seasons with the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada where he totaled seven goals in 17 assists in 96 career games. The Greenwich, CT, native played his junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), spending time with the Guelph Storm, Niagara Ice Dogs, and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from 2008-13, appearing in 279 games and amassing 16 goals and 67 assists, along with 233 minutes in penalties in that time.
Cyclones Add McCormick: The Cyclones have signed forward Darren McCormick from the Fayetteville Marksmen of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). A native of West Seneca, NY, McCormick has split this season between the Marksmen and the SPHL’s Macon Mayhem, accounting for 22 goals and 14 assists in 42 games played. He turned pro late in the 2016-17 season, seeing time with the Huntsville Havoc of the SPHL and the now-defunct Elmira Jackals of the ECHL, totaling four goals and an assist in nine games between the two clubs. McCormick played collegiately at SUNY-Coutland, amassing 43 goals and 50 assists in 75 career games at the school.
Karabacek, Kile Recalled to Rochester: The Cincinnati Cyclones, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Buffalo Sabres and American Hockey League’s (AHL) Rochester Americans, have announced that forwards Alex Kile and Vaclav Karabacek have been recalled by the Americans. Karabacek has appeared in 16 games with the Cyclones this season, accounting for three assists. He missed time from November to February with an injury, however has appeared in nine games and dished out a pair of assists since returning. Kile has skated in 32 games with the Cyclones this season, totaling 11 goals and nine assists in that time including five multi-point efforts.
Power Surge: The Cyclones have at least one power play goal in 14 of their last 20 games, going 20-for-67 in that stretch (29.8%). They also have the second-ranked power play unit in the League overall with a 20.5% power play conversion rate (45/220).
Packed Schedule: Cincinnati will have their hands full down the stretch, playing their final 15 games over a stretch of 40 days, which is an average of one games every 2.66 days. Additionally, Cincinnati will play 9 of those 15 games against the Central Division, where they are 21-14-2-0 so far this season. Including this weekend, Cincinnati has four more stretches of three games in three days, two stretches of four games in five days, and one stretch of seven games in nine days.
Finishing What They Started: The Cyclones have a 23-1-0-0 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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