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On the road again...
December 8, 2012 | View Comments
After another exhilarating win for the Clones last night, we're back on the "big rig" headed for Evansville. Cincy earned a 4-3 shootout win over the Kalamazoo Wings and, thanks to a crazy comeback win by the IceMen over Toledo, now have a three point cushion in the North Division lead.
It was the night for shootouts around the league...with four games in total being decided that way. Hopefully, the Clones can win in much more lopsided fashion tonight.
Here are some things you should know for tonight...
- Brian Foster will be in net again...not that it comes as a shock, the ECHL's leader in wins will take the crease again for Cincy. He just keeps on doing his thing out there...and ranks second among the league's active goalies in GAA.
- Unfortunately, Mattias Lindstrom will be out...the Cyclones leader in blocked shots is out with a lower body injury and didn't make the trip with us today. No word yet on how long he will be out. The Clones have added former Ohio State Buckeye Paul Kirtland to fill a roster spot for tonight.
- Evansville added a dangerous offensive weapon yesterday...as they acquired forward Kevin Baker from Orlando in exchange for Matt Gendur and Dale Mahovsky. Baker had 56 points in 68 games with Stockon last year. He was the ECHL MVP in 2008-09. Bottom line, the guy is a scoring threat.
- Former Cyclone Nathan Moon had a hat trick for the IceMen last night...the way they have been playing of late will give them a surge of confidence tonight. I'd imagine we'll see a pretty spirited battle between the two clubs. Setting the tempo early is gonna be key.
- Join us on the Cyclones Radio Network TONIGHT at 7:55pm for the pregame show...the opening face-off will follow at the Ford Center at 8:15pm ET. Don't forget you can watch the game LIVE at Game Time Sports Bar and Grill in Cheviot!
Some AHL news....the Cyclones affiliate, San Antonio, has added a former CIncinnati Mighty Duck - Mike Mottau.
NHL's Bill Daly says he's out of ideas to advance negotiations...
It's another busy night in the ECHL...here's what else is going on...
Fort Wayne Komets (10-8-1) at Orlando Solar Bears (9-10-4) 7 p.m. ET
· Fort Wayne’s Brandon Marino is tied for sixth with 27 points (8g-19a).
· Orlando’s Ryan Ginand is second with 93 shots on goal.
· Komets are 7-1-1 in one-goal games.
· Solar Bears are first with 33.17 shots per game.
Florida Everblades (9-8-5) at Wheeling Nailers (6-8-4) 7 p.m. ET
· Florida’s Mathieu Roy is third with 17 power-play points (6g-11a).
· Cody Wild leads Wheeling with 13 points (3g-10a).
· Everblades are tied for second with four shorthanded goals on the road.
· Nailers are league’s fifth-least penalized team with 15.28 penalty minutes per game.
Reading Royals (15-7-1) at Elmira Jackals (10-9-2) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Joel Champagne leads Reading against the Jackals with three goals.
· Elmira’s Jean Bourbeau is on a three-game goal streak since Dec. 1 (5g).
· Royals are 14-2-0 in their last 16 games.
· Jackals are tied for second on the power play at home at 26.7 percent (16-for-60).
Trenton Titans (8-10-2) at South Carolina Stingrays (11-12-2) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Trenton’s Andy Bohmbach is tied for third with three shorthanded points (2g-1a).
· Hunter Bishop leads South Carolina with nine goals and 19 points.
· Titans are 6-0-2 when scoring first.
· Stingrays are tied for fifth on the penalty kill at home at 87.5 percent (49-for-56).
Greenville Road Warriors (13-8-2) at Gwinnett Gladiators (16-6-1) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Greenville’s Nathan Lieuwen is third with 422 saves.
· Casey Pierro-Zabotel leads Gwinnett against the Road Warriors with seven points (2g-5a).
· Road Warriors are tied for the league lead with 32 third-period goals.
· Gladiators are 11-3-1 against South Division opponents.
Toledo Walleye (13-9-1) at Kalamazoo Wings (9-10-2) 7:30 p.m. ET
· Toledo’s Terry Broadhurst is on a six-game point streak since Nov. 24 (2g-7a).
· Kory Karlander leads Kalamazoo against the Walleye with three goals and five points.
· Walleye are first on the penalty kill on the road at 92.0 percent (46-for-50).
· K-Wings are 6-0-2 when leading after two periods.
Cincinnati Cyclones (14-5-2) at Evansville IceMen (9-14-2) 7:15 p.m. CT
· Cincinnati’s Brian Foster is tied for first with 11 wins.
· Evansville’s Todd Robinson is tied for second with 12 power-play assists.
· Cyclones are sixth with 27.19 shots-against per game.
· IceMen are 8-1-1 when leading after two periods.
Idaho Steelheads (15-5-2) at Ontario Reign (15-5-1) 7 p.m. PT
· Idaho’s Austin Smith is on a seven-game point streak since Nov. 21 (7g-4a).
· Ontario’s Jean-Francois Berube is fifth with a 2.39 goals-against average.
· Steelheads are first on the power play at 28.1 percent (27-for-96).
· Reign are 12-0-1 when scoring first.
Stockton Thunder (13-5-3) at Las Vegas Wranglers (7-10-3) 7:05 p.m. PT
· Stockton’s Justin Maylan is tied for second among rookies with 20 points (8g-12a).
· Las Vegas’ Adam Hughesman is third among rookies with 58 shots on goal.
· Thunder have outscored their opponents 31-17 in the second period.
· Wranglers are 5-0-0 when leading after two periods.
Colorado Eagles (9-10-3) at San Francisco Bulls (9-13-3) 7:15 p.m. PT
· Colorado’s Jason Beatty leads defensemen with two shorthanded goals.
· Jordan Morrison leads San Francisco against the Eagles with two goals.
· Eagles are second with 4.14 goals per game.
· Bulls are 6-2-0 when outshooting their opponent.
Utah Grizzlies (9-9-2) at Alaska Aces (17-6-0) 7:15 p.m. AKT
· Mitch Wahl leads Utah against the Aces with eight points (2g-6a).
· Alaska’s Nick Mazzolini is second with five game-winning goals.
· Grizzlies are fourth on the power play on the road at 21.9 percent (14-for-64).
· Aces are 11-0-0 when scoring first.