GAME NOTES: 11/4 vs. Adirondack
Game 7 (Home Game 2)
Vs. Adirondack (4-3-1-0, 9 PTS)
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 7:35pm ET
U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH
Overview: The Cyclones hit U.S. Bank Arena ice for just the second time on Saturday night, as they welcome in the Adirondack Thunder. Cincinnati is coming off of their second overtime win in three games in Wheeling on Friday night, and enter Saturday’s tilt winners of three of their last four games.
Last Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (3-2-1-0) earned a 4-3 overtime win over the Wheeling Nailers on Friday night. Forwards Rob De Fulviis, Brandon McNally, and Winston Day Chief potted the goals in regulation for the Cyclones, while forward Jesse Schultz netted the winner in overtime. The Cyclones were outshot, 27-26 on the evening, with Cincinnati goaltender Jason Kasdorf stopping 24 on his way to his first win as a Cyclone.
Wednesday Night Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (2-2-1-0) collected a 4-3 win over the Kalamazoo Wings on Wednesday evening. Forwards Andrew Radjenovic, Daniel Muzito-Bagenda, Brandon McNally, and Jesse Schultz netted the goals for the Cyclones, who have won two of their last three games. The Cyclones outshot the wings, 41-40, with Peters turning aside 37 in the win.
Last Saturday Recap: The Cincinnati Cyclones (1-2-1-0) fell to the Kalamazoo Wings, 5-3 on Saturday night. Defenseman Mitch Nylen, along with forwards Shawn O’Donnell and Justin Danforth netted the goals for the Cyclones. Cincinnati outshot Kalamazoo, 34-27, with Cyclones goaltender Anthony Peters turning aside 19 in the loss.
Previewing Adirondack: The Thunder head in to Saturday’s game coming off of a 4-2 win in Ft. Wayne against the Komets on Friday. The win snapped a two-game skid for Adirondack, and marked the first time this season the team has allowed fewer than three goals. Offensively they rank fourth in the ECHL with 4.25 goals per game, led by forward Eric Nelly who has 11 points (4g, 7a) through eight games this season. He is followed by forward Ty Loney who has four goals and six assists, and J.C. Campagna who rounds out the top three with a pair of goals and six assists.
Inside the Series: Saturday’s game marks the lone meeting of the season between the Cyclones and Thunder. The Cyclones swept a two-game series last year, and have taken all three all-time meetings.
Next Game Preview: The Cyclones head to Florida next Wednesday to begin a three-game series with the Everblades. This will be the first time two seasons that the sides have met, with the Everblades taking a 3-0 decision on March 4, 2015.
LEADING THE WAY: Forwards Shawn O’Donnell (3g, 3a) and Jesse Schultz (2g, 4a), and defenseman Eric Knodel (1g,5a) sit in a three-way tie atop the Cyclones leader board. All three have points in five of Cincinnati’s six games played, and combined for three goals and three assist in Cincinnati’s three wins. Additionally, Schultz is currently riding a three-game point streak, totaling a pair of game-winning goals and an assist in that time.
HEATING UP: Forwards Brandon McNally, Daniel Muzito-Bagenda, and Andrew Radjenovic have provided an offensive spark from the Cyclones second and third lines, accounting for nine points (4g, 5a) over the last two games. McNally has a goal and an assist in each of his last two games, while Radjenovic has accounted for a goal and two helpers in that time. Muzito-Bagenda had a goal and an assist in Wednesday’s win over Kalamazoo while totaling a game-high seven shots.
SHARING IS CARING: The Cyclones have been spreading around the offensive responsibilities this season, as 16 players have recorded at least a point. Team goals leader Shawn O’Donnell (3g, 3a), veteran forward Jesse Schultz (1g, 5a), and captain Eric Knodel (1g, 5a) lead the way with six points, while rookie forward Justin Danforth (2g, 3a) follows close behind with five points.
MILESTONE MOMENT: Cyclones defenseman Mitch Nylen recorded is first professional point in last Friday’s 3-2 overtime win over the Ft. Wayne Komets; an assist on Winston Day Chief’s second period goal. Nylen has appeared in three games this season, and turned pro late last in 2016-17, skating in a pair of games with the South Carolina Stingrays.
Stephens Reassigned, Karabacek Recalled: The Rochester Americans, American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Cyclones, have reassigned defenseman Devante Stephens to Cincinnati. Stephens was recalled last week, skating in one game with the Americans. He has appeared in four games with the Cyclones, accounting for an assist. Additionally, forward Vaclav Karabacek has been recalled by the Americans. The Praha, CZE, native has skated in each of Cincinnati’s games but does not have a point.
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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