Nick Brunker's Blog
November 15, 2012 | View Comments
The Clones are looking to set the ECHL high for consecutive home wins tonight as they face the Evansville IceMen tonight at 7:30pm from U.S. Bank Arena!
It's a game that matches up nicely on paper for Cincinnati...the IceMen are tied for the worst record in the ECHL (3-9-0-1) and have the 2nd to worst offense among all 23 teams. However, as Jarrod Skalde has told us, his team won't be taking anything for granted. The records don't matter when they play their game.
We've seen it time and time again this year...the Clones come out so strong on home ice - setting the tone and have earned early goals in the process. They have outscored their opponents 9-7 in the opening stanza and have lit the lamp first in 8 of their 11 games this season (6-1-1 in those situations). They need to add to those totals tonight in order to win.
Some other things to be aware of...
- I'm going to welcome in a special guest to our broadcast booth tonight...Columbus Blue Jackets TV Color Analyst Bill Davidge will be with me on the Cyclones Radio Network tonight! For those that have been around Cincy a while may remember him calling Cyclones game in the 90's. It's an extreme honor to get the chance to work with him...excitement doesn't quite describe my feelings about tonight's broadcast. We'll hit the air at 7:15pm (CyclonesHockey.com / America One / Cyclones Mobile App). Hope to have you with us!
- Zoltan Hetenyi will be in net again tonight....the rookie out of Budapest, Hungary was solid on Tuesday morning but wasn't very busy. He only needed 16 saves to earn the win. With every passing day, you can see confidence growing in this young man. And with Foster still recovering from a minor injury, "Z" will get some more time to build that confidence even more.
- Josh Shalla has really started to catch fire...he now leads the Cyclones in game-winning goals (2) and had his first multi-point game on Tuesday. You knew it was only a matter of time until he got rolling. And now he has.
- Same story for Jonathan Hazen...the second-year pro has been much more consistent than a season ago. He is third on the team in points and has been a go-to player each and every night.
There's only one other night game in the ECHL tonight...
Florida Everblades (5-5-2) at Greenville Road Warriors (9-4-1) 7 p.m. ET
· Matt Marquardt leads Florida against the Road Warriors with four points (1g-3a).
· Greenville’s Shayne Wiebe is tied for first among rookies with three power-play goals.
· Everblades are fifth with 32.58 shots per game.
· Road Warriors are 5-2-1 when outshot by their opponent.