Cyclones Game Preview - Cincinnati at South Carolina

Cyclones Game Preview - Cincinnati at South Carolina


Cincinnati Cyclones (8-6-0-4)
South Carolina Stingrays (9-10-0-4)

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DATE: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
TIME: 7:05pm ET
SITE: North Charleston Coliseum - North Charleston, SC
BROADCAST: Cyclones Radio Network, ECHL.TV

Cincinnati Cyclones: Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators
South Carolina Stingrays: Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins


Tonight's Matchup: The Cyclones open a five-day, three-city road trip tonight as they battle the South Carolina Stingrays in the first of three regular season meetings. Since 2006, the Cyclones have earned a 21-8-3 record against their Palmetto State foes and hope to continue their climb up the North Division standings.

Scouting the Stingrays: Spencer Carbery’s club returns home after having their five-game winning streak snapped on Sunday in Reading and now ranks tied for fifth in the East Division. Much like the Cyclones, the Stingrays find themselves in a standings logjam, sitting just seven points back of the leading Florida Everblades. Wayne Simpson is currently pacing the ‘Rays in scoring, with 14 points (7g, 7a) in 23 games. Former Cyclone Joe Devin has also gotten out to a hot start with 13 tallies (7g, 6a) in 21 contests. Former ECHL Goalie of the Year Jeff Jakaitis is South Carolina’s leading net minder with a record of 5-1-0-1 and a goals-against average of 2.26. Brandon Anderson has also seen action for the Stingrays of late, but hasn’t fared as well; he’s gone 0-4-0-2 with a GAA of 2.62.

Last Time Out: Another night where bonus hockey loomed large, the Komets defeated the Cyclones in a shootout by a 3-2 final score in front of 2,420 at U.S. Bank Arena on Friday night. Josh Shalla scored another last-minute goal to tie the game and help Cincinnati force overtime, while Byron Froese added two assists to run his point-scoring streak to nine consecutive games.

North of the Border: After posting points in ten consecutive games, Cyclones forward Byron Froese has earned an AHL call-up with the Toronto Marlies, where he’ll be reunited with former Cyclones Head Coach Ben Simon. This season in Cincy, Froese has earned a team-high 24 points in 17 games.

Shorty Success: The Cyclones were able to notch another shorthanded goal this past weekend, their third of the season. More impressively, Zach Budish and Byron Froese are both tied for the ECHL lead with three shorthanded points apiece.

Season Series at a Glance (3 games - 1 home, 2 away):
Dec 9 Cincinnati at South Carolina 7:05pm EST
Mar 21 Cincinnati at South Carolina 7:05pm EDT
Mar 25 South Carolina at Cincinnati 7:30pm EDT

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