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Saturday in Greenville...
November 10, 2012 | View Comments
One more game this weekend in Greenville before the Cyclones return home for a busy week at U.S. Bank Arena!
After looking back at the game, it was one of the Cyclones best all-around games. They set the tone early, played suffocating defense, got timely scoring, and once again got great goaltending.
But as the stats would indicate, getting back-to-back wins over Greenville is going to take another solid effort. The Road Warriors have only dropped two in a row on one occasion this year...right at the beginning.
However, looking at the way the Cyclones played last night...they've definitely got the momentum going into the Saturday matchup.
Here are some other bullet points you need to know...
- Since 2006, only one other team has had a better start to a season...the 2008-09 Wheeling Nailers earned points in their first 10 games. Coming into the night, Cincinnati has earned points in nine straight. Could be a record-tying night for the Clones.
- Barring any late changes, we will likely see Brian Foster again tonight for Cincy...and why not? The guy has been a force between the pipes and is now up to sixth in the ECHL in goals-against average (2.23).
- In my humble opinion, David Pacan had his best night of his pro career last night...and despite the fact he didn't get any points, he was absolutely FLYING around the ice last night. He was a guy that forced the issue and was a big reason for several Cincinnati scoring chances. On a nightly basis, he is a difference maker.
- The Eves-Aubin-Pelech line struck again last night...they combined for all three points on the first Cyclones goal and were (as always) a well-oiled machine. Dating back to January of last year, it'd be hard to find a better line in the ECHL. Since January of last year, the trio has combined for 141 points (52 goals, 89 assists).
We'll be on the air again on the Cyclones Radio Network (CyclonesHockey.com / America One / Cyclones Mobile App) beginning at 6:45pm. Hope to have you with us! Be sure to head over to Gametime Sports Bar and Grill to watch the action LIVE! They're the new home for all Cyclones Road Games!
Here's what else is on tap tonight in the ECHL!
Elmira Jackals (6-4-0) at Florida Orlando Solar Bears (5-4-3) 7 p.m. ET
· Elmira’s Artem Demkov is tied for the league lead with four power-play goals.
· Orlando’s Ryan Ginand leads the league with 60 shots on goal.
· Jackals are fifth with 3.50 goals per game.
· Solar Bears are 4-0-1 when leading after two periods.
Gwinnett Gladiators (9-3-1) at Florida Everblades (5-4-2) 7 p.m. ET
· Gwinnett’s Mike Lee is second with a 1.89 goals-against average.
· Florida’s Brandon MacLean is tied for fifth among rookies with six assists.
· Gladiators are fourth on the penalty kill on the road at 90.7 percent (39-for-43).
· Everblades are fourth with 32.82 shots per game.
Trenton Titans (5-5-0) at Reading Royals (5-5-1) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Andy Bohmbach leads Trenton with 12 points (2g-10a).
· Reading’s Denny Urban is tied for fifth among defensemen with three goals.
· Titans are tied for second with three shorthanded goals.
· Royals are league’s third-least penalized team with 16.45 penalty minutes per game.
Wheeling Nailers (3-5-3) at Toledo Walleye (5-5-1) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Wheeling’s Cody Wild is sixth among defensemen with nine points (2g-7a).
· Randy Rowe leads Toledo against the Nailers with three points (2g-1a).
· Nailers have scored 11 of their 26 goals in the second period.
· Walleye are 4-0-0 when leading after one period.
Fort Wayne Komets (7-2-1) at Kalamazoo Wings (6-5-0) 7:30 p.m. ET
· Fort Wayne’s Jean-Michel Rizk is on a four-game goal streak since Nov. 2 (4g).
· Kalamazoo’s Sam Ftorek is tied for second among defensemen with 12 points (2g-10a).
· Komets are third on the power play on the road at 25.0 percent (4-for-16).
· K-Wings are 4-0-0 when leading after two periods.
South Carolina Stingrays (5-7-1) at Evansville IceMen (2-9-1) 7:15 p.m. CT
· South Carolina’s Tommy Cross leads defensemen with 14 points (4g-10a).
· Evansville’s Todd Robinson is tied for third with eight power-play points (0g-8a).
· Stingrays are tied for second with 15 first-period goals.
· IceMen are tied for second with 13 power-play goals.
Utah Grizzlies (5-4-0) at Colorado Eagles (5-4-2) 7:05 p.m. MT
· Paul McIlveen leads Utah with five goals.
· Colorado’s Jack Combs is tied for third with 18 points (7g-11a).
· Grizzlies are sixth with 32.00 shots per game.
· Eagles are second on the power play at 29.5 percent (18-for-61).
Bakersfield Condors (4-7-1) at Idaho Steelheads (7-2-2) 7:10 p.m. MT
· Bakersfield’s Peter Boyd is tied for the league lead with two shootout goals.
· Idaho’s Kael Mouillierat leads the league with three shorthanded points (1g-2a).
· Condors are tied for second with two shorthanded goals on the road.
· Steelheads are 6-0-0 when scoring first.
Alaska Aces (7-4-0) at Las Vegas Wranglers (3-5-1) 7:05 p.m. PT
· Alaska’s Brandon Dubinsky is tied for second with eight goals.
· Las Vegas’ Joe Fallon is seventh with a 2.26 goals-against average.
· Aces are second on the penalty kill at 91.8 percent (56-for-61).
· Wranglers are sixth with 26.22 shots-against per game.
Ontario Reign (8-4-0) at San Francisco Bulls (3-7-2) 7:15 p.m. PT
· Ontario’s Matthew Clune is fourth among rookies in plus-minus at +7.
· San Francisco’s Dean Ouellet is tied for fourth among rookies with 10 points (5g-5a).
· Reign are 8-0-0 when scoring first.
· Bulls are fifth on the power play at home at 23.1 percent (3-for-13).