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Cyclones Game Preview - Cincinnati at Kalamazoo

November 2, 2012 | View Comments

Cyclones Game Preview - Cincinnati at Kalamazoo

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DATE: Friday, November 2, 2012
TIME: 7:30pm ET
SITE: Wings Stadium - Kalamazoo, MI
WEBCAST: (America One)

Cincinnati Cyclones: Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators
Kalamazoo Wings: Vancouver Canucks

Saturday, November 3 vs. Wheeling - 7:30pm

TONIGHT'S MATCHUP: Fresh off a thrilling come-from-behind victory, the Cyclones invade Kalamazoo tonight as they bid for back-to-back wins over the K-Wings. Cincinnati took a 3-2 decision on Wednesday night, pulling into a tie for the top spot in the North Division standings. Over the years, though, Wings Stadium has been a tough place to find success; since 2006, the Clones are just 7-12-1-2.

SCOUTING THE WINGS: Nick Bootland's club had their four-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night despite holding the lead on two different occasions on Wednesday. They are led offensively by a pair of former Cyclones; 37-year-old defenseman Sam Ftorek paces the team with seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in seven games while forward Eric Kattelus has earned seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in as many games. A big reason for their early success has been between the pipes. Despite suffering the loss on Wednesday, 10th year pro Joel Martin still ranks fourth in the ECHL in goals against average (1.58) and save percentage (94.6%) while ranking tied for third in wins (3). Even more impressive, these goaltending numbers are in spite of the Wings allowing nearly 32 shots per game, the 10th most in the ECHL.

About Wednesday Night vs. Kalamazoo: Garrett Wilson stuffed home the game-winning goal with just 38 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Cyclones to a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Wings in front of 1,571 at U.S. Bank Arena. The win also extended Cincinnati’s home winning streak to three games and kept the team unbeaten in regulation play (4-0-2-0).

Quick Learners: Cincinnati has found great production so far from their rookies. David Pacan leads the Cyclones and ranks third among first-year players in points (8). Additionally, six of the team’s eight rookie skaters have notched at least a point. Charles-Olivier Roussel was nominated for ECHL Player of the Week on October 29 after a three-point weekend in Elmira.

Closing in on 100: Cyclones defenseman Brian O’Hanley is inching closer to a personal milestone. The fifth-year pro is just 10 points away from notching 100 in his career. “O-H” has amassed 72 points (16 goals, 56 assists) in 179 games with the Cyclones.

Oct. 31 Kalamazoo 2 at Cincinnati 3 Final
Nov. 2 Cincinnati at Kalamazoo 7:30 pm EDT
Dec. 7 Kalamazoo at Cincinnati 7:35 pm EST
Dec. 31 Cincinnati at Kalamazoo 7:00 pm EST
Jan. 26 Kalamazoo at Cincinnati 7:35 pm EST
Feb. 18 Kalamazoo at Cincinnati 2:00 pm EST
Mar. 1 Cincinnati at Kalamazoo 7:30 pm EST
Mar. 2 Kalamazoo at Cincinnati 7:35 pm EST