Nick Brunker's Blog
December 7, 2012 | View Comments
As the Clones continue another three-games in four day stretch, Jarrod Skalde's team will need more of the same style of play in order to keep winning...physical, intense, and smart.
We'll be on the air on the Cyclones Radio Network at 7:15pm tonight at U.S. Bank Arena! Hope to have you in person or listening tonight!!
They continue to stay out of the penalty box...as of Dec 7, Cincy is the sixth-least penalized team in the ECHL - despite playing an Evansville team a bunch of times that has the fifth-most penalties. Staying out of the box has always been important against the Wings...and that's no different tonight; K-Zoo has the 7th best power play in the league (20.8%).
Here are some other things you need to know about tonight...
- The lineup will look the same as it did on Wednesday - with Cincinnati dressing 9 forwards and 7 defensemen (along with the two goalies). Short, efficient shifts are gonna win the game for the Clones.
- In goal, no surprise, it will be Brian Foster...he's been the workhorse of this club so far and has been among the best in the buisness. He ranks third in the ECHL in GAA (2.10) and second in wins (10). Zoltan Hetenyi will dress as the backup with Michael Houser still working to get into game shape after having his knee injured in Training Camp. I'd imagine Foster will play both tonight and tomorrow in Evansville.
- Speaking of Foster...he has quietly climbed up the Cyclones Goaltening Leaderboard. He sits just four wins shy of becoming the Club's All-Time Wins Leader. He has 37 in a Cincinnati jersey. Once it happens, he will pass Cedrick Desjardins , who had 40 in his Cincinnati career.
- Shalla Keeps Shelling....Josh Shalla, named as the runner-up for ECHL Rookie of the Month, has started the month of December much like he played throughout November. He has points in 8 of his last 9 games and ranks atop the ECHL in shooting percentage (39.1%).
- Don't forget "Pelly"...like Shalla, Mike Pelech has also been on fire of late. He has points in six of his last seven games and leads the team in multi-point games (4). It's amazing to think that there is nobody on this team that ranks in the top 50 in ECHL scoring. Cincinnati truly has shared the wealth this year.
Had a chance to catch up with Josh Shalla, John McFarland, and Brian Foster after today's morning skate...
Gotta to give some love to Miami Hockey Alum Jeff Zatkoff...named the AHL Goalie of the Month...
Sadly, the outlook for NHL this season looks bleek after another negotiating session falls through...From ESPN.com:
An emotional week of labor negotiations came to a crashing halt Thursday as any hope that the NHL and the NHL Players' Association could reach a deal to end the lockout was blown up in epic fashion. After three days of labor talks aimed at reaching a new collective bargaining agreement, the league rejected the union's latest proposal and pulled several elements of its own off the negotiating table.
One of the big hangups in the Lockout discussion is contract length...ProHockeyTalk.com digs into this issue:
For the NHL, limiting contract lengths is a simple (and apparently life-and-death) matter of eliminating long contracts that could potentially go wrong. And most people see the logic in that. (See: Rick DiPietro.) What a lot of people are wondering is why the players are being so stubborn about term limits (they’ve proposed eight-year maximums) when the large majority of them will never sign a contract as long as five years anyway. The best answer to that may come in the form of a question: What would Sidney Crosby’s contract look like if there was a five-year limit?
Well this is interesting...“We were ready to play again,” the player said, according to Denver Post and SI.com writer Adrian Dater. “But Don came in (Wed.) and told us we could get more and to hold out.” Dater asserted that the source was a depth player. He further claimed that there are more like him, but the top players are still siding with Fehr.
The blame for the breakdown of labor negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA lies at the feet of management that trudged back to league headquarters after a brief meeting, then scuttled talks with a voicemail from deputy commissioner Bill Daly to union special counsel Steve Fehr. The blame for taking hockey fans on an emotional roller-coaster ride that ended with a grisly derailment? That belongs to the NHLPA and specifically to executive director Donald Fehr. For more than 15 minutes, Fehr talked about how close a deal was, defying expectations after most reports over the course of the day had been grim. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is, but you could forgive a lockout-weary hockey world for buying it.
Back to the ECHL now...here's what else is on tap tonight in the Premiere AA Hockey League:
Gwinnett Gladiators (15-6-1) at Greenville Road Warriors (13-8-1) 7 p.m. ET
· Gwinnett’s Louis Domingue has allowed one goal or less in each of his last three starts.
· Brandon Wong leads Greenville against the Gladiators with four points (2g-2a).
· Gladiators are 14-0-1 when scoring first.
· Road Warriors are fifth with 32.27 shots per game.
Fort Wayne Komets (9-8-1) at Orlando Solar Bears (9-10-3) 7 p.m. ET
· Fort Wayne’s Ken Reiter is fifth with a 2.27 goals-against average.
· Nick Petersen leads Orlando with nine goals and 21 points.
· Komets are 6-0-0 when leading after two periods.
· Solar Bears are fifth on the power play at home at 24.4 percent (11-for-45).
Florida Everblades (8-8-5) at Wheeling Nailers (6-8-3) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Florida’s Mathieu Roy has 20 points (6g-14a) in his last 14 games.
· Wheeling’s Scott Darling is 3-1-0 in his last four starts with a 1.68 goals-against average and a save percentage of .933.
· Everblades are second on the power play on the road at 25.5 percent (14-for-55).
· Nailers are 4-0-1 when leading after one period.
Reading Royals (14-7-1) at Elmira Jackals (10-8-2) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Reading’s David Marshall is on an eight-game point streak since Nov. 16 (4g-9a).
· Elmira’ Jordan Pietrus has scored two of his three goals this season against the Royals.
· Royals are fifth with 2.73 goals-against per game.
· Jackals are first on the power play at 27.3 percent (21-for-77).
Trenton Titans (8-10-1) at South Carolina Stingrays (10-12-2) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Andy Bohmbach leads Trenton with 19 points (9g-10a).
· South Carolina’s Ryan Zapolski leads the league with a 1.58 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage.
· Titans lead the league with five shorthanded goals on the road.
· Stingrays are league’s fourth-least penalized team with 15.08 penalty minutes per game.
Kalamazoo Wings (9-10-1) at Cincinnati Cyclones (13-5-2) 7:35 p.m. ET
· Brett Lysak leads Kalamazoo against the Cyclones with five points (3g-2a).
· Cincinnati’s Chris Reed leads the league in plus-minus at +16.
· K-Wings are league’s second-least penalized team with 12.90 penalty minutes per game.
· Cyclones are 10-3-1 when outshooting their opponents.
Toledo Walleye (13-8-1) at Evansville IceMen (8-14-2) 7:15 p.m. CT
· Toledo’s Luke Glendening is tied for third among rookies in plus-minus at +10.
· Evansville’s Matt Gens is second among defensemen with 60 shots on goal.
· Walleye are tied for second with one shorthanded goal against.
· IceMen are 7-1-1 when leading after two periods.
Bakersfield Condors (6-13-3) at Ontario Reign (14-5-1) 7 p.m. PT
· Bakersfield’s Scott Greenham is fifth with 379 saves.
· Ontario’s Mario Lamoureux is tied for fifth among rookies with 17 points (8g-9a).
· Condors are fourth on the power play on the road at 22.0 percent (13-for-59).
· Reign are third with 3.95 goals per game.
Idaho Steelheads (14-5-2) at Las Vegas Wranglers (7-9-3) 7:05 p.m. PT
· Idaho’s Justin Dowling is tied for fourth with 27 points (7g-20a).
· Adam Hughesman leads Las Vegas against the Steelheads with three points (1g-2a).
· Steelheads are 12-1-0 when scoring first.
· Wranglers are third on the penalty kill at 88.7 percent (63-for-71).
Colorado Eagles (8-10-3) at San Francisco Bulls (9-12-3) 7:15 p.m. PT
· Colorado’s Michael Forney leads the league with 17 goals.
· San Francisco’s Sacha Guimond is tied for second among defensemen with six goals.
· Eagles are fourth on the power play at 24.8 percent (28-for-113).
· Bulls are 5-1-0 when tied after two periods.
Utah Grizzlies (8-9-2) at Alaska Aces (17-5-0) 7:15 p.m. AKT
· Utah’s Riley Armstrong is tied for sixth with five power-play goals.
· Joey Crabb leads Alaska against the Grizzlies with eight points (3g-5a).
· Grizzlies are sixth with 32.26 shots per game.
· Aces have outscored their opponents 32-18 in the third period.