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On the road again...
December 29, 2012 | View Comments
The Cyclones are headed to Evansville today as they look to pick up another big North Division win. Last night, they earned a strong 5-3 victory over Toledo...which has proven to be a tough place to play. Coming into the day, the Clones are 3 points up on the Walleye.
This is one of those games tonight that will test the endurance of this club...last night the IceMen blew a lead and lost to Elmira. They've proven they can get the offense necessary to win some games (they beat the Clones 4-1 last time they met) and are going to be looking to make amends from last night. And with this game being Cincinnati's third in three nights - everyone is going to need to contribute.
Hear all the action on the Cyclones Radio Network at 7:55pm!!
Other news and notes to know about for today...
- Tonight will be the Cyclones debut for Andrew Conboy...he was dealt to Cincinnati as a part of a three-team trade. It completes the earlier deal that sent Andrew Hotham to Wheeling for future considerations. Essentially, Conboy is that "future consideration." He's a true tough guy...with 101 penalty minutes already. You may remember him as the guy who jumped Mathieu Aubin in a game vs. Trenton back in October. But fear not...they have worked it out! Just business. It will be nice for the Cyclones to have a "police officer" out there in case things start to get chippy...which they tend to do when you're a top team playing in a tough division. He'll wear #24.
- After nearly a month, Zoltan Hetenyi is going to make the start tonight for the Clones...he's been as patient as they come. With Cincinnati holding three goalies...he's been the odd man out of late with Foster and Houser playing so well. However, tonight will be his chance to get back between the pipes. He was solid in a relief effort against Florida a few weeks back. Let's hope he looks as good or better tonight.
- As expected, with the addition of Conboy, the Clones have released defenseman Nello Ferrara...who filled his role last night in Toledo as a sixth defenseman. Cincinnati has still been hampered by some injuries back there and, with Taylor Aronson still out, will rotate a forward back there again tonight as they have five natural rear guards.
- While he's not on the trip...HUGE congrats are in order for Brian Foster. Last night he won his 40th game in a Cincinnati jersey...which tied him with Cedrick Desjardins for the club's all-time lead in goalie wins. What's even more impressive to me (as a guy who has lived in Cincy my whole life) is that he's now flirting with two of the most successful goalies to ever skate in Cincinnati - Frederic Chabot and Geoff Sarjent. He's just 8 wins behind Chabot and 23 behind Sarjent. Way to go Brian!
Here's what else is happening in the ECHL tonight...
Gwinnett Gladiators (20-11-1) at Greenville Road Warriors (20-12-3) 7 p.m. ET
· Greenville’s Nathan Lieuwen is fifth with 1,194 minutes played.
· Gladiators are second on the penalty kill at 85.6 percent (107-for-125).
· Road Warriors are tied for third with seven shorthanded goals.
Reading Royals (22-7-2) at Trenton Titans (14-12-4) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Yannick Tifu leads Reading against the Titans with eight points (4g-4a).
· Trenton’s Marcel Noebels leads rookies with 30 points (11g-19a).
· Royals are 12-4-2 against Atlantic Division opponents.
· Titans are 11-1-3 when scoring first.
Kalamazoo Wings (11-15-3) at Toledo Walleye (17-13-1) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Kory Karlander leads Kalamazoo against the Walleye with six points (3g-3a).
· Toledo’s Andrej Nestrasil is on a nine-game point streak since Nov. 30 (2g-12a).
· K-Wings are 7-1-2 when leading after two periods.
· Walleye are tied for third with two shorthanded goals against.
Wheeling Nailers (13-10-6) at South Carolina Stingrays (14-16-4) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Wheeling’s Chris Barton is on a four-game goal streak since Dec. 21 (5g).
· Tyler McNeely leads South Carolina with 32 points (9g-23a).
· Nailers are league’s least-penalized team with 13.21 penalty minutes per game.
· Stingrays are 11-0-1 when leading after two periods.
Elmira Jackals (14-13-3) at Fort Wayne Komets (15-13-2) 7:30 p.m. ET
· Elmira’s Artem Demkov is tied for fourth with four game-winning goals.
· Fort Wayne’s Brandon Marino is third with 26 assists.
· Jackals are fourth on the power play at 22.6 percent (24-for-106).
· Komets are 9-1-1 when leading after two periods.
Cincinnati Cyclones (18-9-2) at Evansville IceMen (11-18-3) 7:15 p.m. CT
· Josh Shalla leads Cincinnati against the IceMen with five goals and seven points.
· Evansville’s Dylan Clarke is on a four-game goal streak since Dec. 16 (4g).
· Cyclones are third with 2.69 goals-against per game.
· IceMen are 10-1-2 when leading after two periods.
Ontario Reign (20-7-2) at Utah Grizzlies (12-11-4) 7:05 p.m. MT
· Ontario’s Mario Lamoureux is fifth among rookies with 24 points (12g-12a).
· Utah’s Drew MacKenzie is third among rookies in shooting percentage at 14.8 percent (4-for-27).
· Reign are 16-1-2 when scoring first.
· Grizzlies are tied for third with two shorthanded goals against.
Idaho Steelheads (18-7-4) at Bakersfield Condors (7-22-3) 7 p.m. PT
· Idaho’s Matt Case is tied for third among defensemen in plus-minus at +15.
· Tyler Brenner leads Bakersfield against the Steelheads with six points (2g-4a).
· Steelheads are first on the power play on the road at 24.2 percent (16-for-66).
· Condors are 6-0-1 when leading after two periods.
Las Vegas Wranglers (12-12-4) at Stockton Thunder (17-9-6) 7:30 p.m. PT
· Las Vegas’ Joe Fallon is seventh with a 2.46 goals-against average.
· Wranglers are first on the penalty kill on the road at 89.8 percent (44-for-49).
· Thunder are second on the power play at 23.8 percent (38-for-160).
Colorado Eagles (16-12-3) at Alaska Aces (24-8-0) 7:15 p.m. AKT
· Joey Sides leads Colorado against the Aces with six points (3g-3a).
· Alaska’s Nick Mazzolini is third with 18 goals.
· Eagles are 11-2-0 when outshooting their opponent.
· Aces are second with 2.59 goals-against per game.
A development in the NHL Lockout...the league has offered a new proposal and the NHLPA is reviewing it now.
Thanks to Donald Fehr, NHL negotiating with itself and losing
When the NHLPA hired Fehr as its executive director two years ago, it did so knowing it was getting the canniest negotiator in the history of sports labor, perhaps in the history of the labor movement itself. And Fehr has not disappointed his constituents. In fact, despite not having a single card to play going into this game, he has managed to take the league to the cleaners every bit as decisively as his predecessors.
So here's something interesting to ponder...apparently there are talks of having Columbus and Winnipeg switch conferences for the shortened NHL season (if it actually does happen).