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October 27, 2012 | View Comments
After an impressive win last night, the Clones look for another victory against the Jackals tonight. We'll be coming at ya on the Cyclones Radio Network beginning at 6:45pm ET!
Last night was textbook Cyclones, if you compare this year's team to last...they found a way to stay close...got great goaltending and timely scoring. All in all, a strong victory against a team that was running on all cylinders.
The Jackals have made their money on special teams this season...ranking 1st in the ECHL in both power play and penalty kill. It's pretty simple...you get a PP chance, you need to capitalize and contrarily, you need to stay out of the box. Last night was pretty solid, a 3-for-4 night, in that regard. Let's hope we see even fewer minutes in the sin-bin tonight for Cincinnati.
Goaltending wise...it will be Brian Foster again. Not much of a surprise after #35 earned his third victory in impressive fashion to go along with a #1 star award after the game. He made 24 saves...which doesn't sound like much, unless you watched the game. He was absolutely spectacular in the third period and kept the Jackals from knotting the game up late.
Once again, the Clones are finding ways to get offense from different sources. While clearly the Jackals are a two-man team in terms of offense (Gazely, Demkov), CIncinnati has had 17 different players register a point this season...and 6 have earned multi-point games.
Rookie David Pacan has excelled in his first few games with Cincy....with all the AHL talent, we've talked about the increase in speed. But in his first year, Pacan has not only maintained his composure, he's been one of the best players on the ice. He leads the team in points coming into tonight (5) and is consistently one of the Clones best players.
It's another busy night in the ECHL...here is what else is going on around the premiere AA hockey league tonight...
Reading Royals (1-4-0) at Wheeling Nailers (1-3-1) 7 p.m. ET
· Reading’s Chris Langkow is fourth with a 40.0 percent shooting percentage (2-for-5).
· Wheeling’s Paul Crowder had four points (2g-2a) in 7-3 win over Royals last night.
· Royals are tied for sixth with 32.00 shots per game.
· Nailers are first on the power play at home at 40.0 percent (4-for-10).
Greenville Road Warriors (2-3-0) at Florida Everblades (3-1-2) 7 p.m. ET
· Brandon Wong leads Greenville with four goals.
· Florida’s Taylor Ellington is tied for first among defensemen with five assists.
· Road Warriors are tied for sixth with 32.00 shots per game.
· Everblades are tied for fourth with 4.00 goals per game.
Toledo Walleye (2-2-0) at Trenton Titans (5-1-0) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Toledo’s Willie Coetzee is fourth with 27 shots on goal.
· Trenton’s Marcel Noebels is on a six-game point streak since Oct. 12 (2g-5a).
· Walleye are 2-0-0 when leading after two periods.
· Titans are 5-0-0 when scoring first.
Gwinnett Gladiators (3-2-1) at Fort Wayne Komets (2-2-1) 7:30 p.m. ET
· Gwinnett’s Mike Lee is third with 299 minutes played.
· Fort Wayne’s Brandon Marino is tied for second with 10 points (5g-5a).
· Gladiators are third with 24.67 shots-against per game.
· Komets are third on the penalty kill at 92.6 percent (25-for-27).
Evansville IceMen (0-4-1) at Kalamazoo Wings (4-1-0) 7:30 p.m. ET
· Brett Sonne leads Evansville with six points (3g-3a).
· Kalamazoo’s Sam Ftorek is tied for fifth among defensemen with five points (2g-3a).
· IceMen are league’s fifth-least penalized team with 14.80 penalty minutes per game.
· K-Wings have scored seven of their 12 goals in the second period.
Idaho Steelheads (5-2-0) at Utah Grizzlies (4-1-0) 7:05 p.m. MT
· Idaho’s Andrew Carroll is tied for first with two game-winning goals.
· Utah’s Drew MacKenzie is tied for second among defensemen in plus-minus at +6.
· Steelheads are 5-0-0 when scoring first.
· Grizzlies are third with 2.00 goals-against per game.
Stockton Thunder (2-1-1) at Bakersfield Condors (3-3-0) 7 p.m. PT
· Stockton’s Teigan Zahn is tied for second among rookies with a 33.3 percent shooting percentage (1-for-3).
· Levi Nelson leads Bakersfield with seven points (3g-4a).
· Thunder are fourth with 2.25 goals-against per game.
· Condors are 3-0-0 when leading after two periods.
Colorado Eagles (1-3-2) at Las Vegas Wranglers (2-1-1) 7:05 p.m. PT
· Colorado’s Chad Costello is tied for first with four power-play assists.
· Las Vegas’ Joe Fallon is sixth with a 1.62 goals-against average.
· Eagles are first on the power play on the road at 40.0 percent (2-for-5).
· Wranglers are fifth with 33.00 shots per game.
San Francisco Bulls (2-2-2) at Alaska Aces (3-2-0) 7:15 p.m. AKT
· San Francisco’s Dean Ouellet is tied for first among rookies with four goals.
· Alaska’s Mark Guggenberger is second with a 1.01 goals-against average.
· Bulls are tied for fourth on the power play at 23.5 percent (4-for-17).
· Aces have outscored their opponents 12-2 in the third period.