Cyclones Ground Wings, 4-1
March 2, 2013 | View Comments
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones (37-17-4-2) extended their current winning streak to six games, a season high, as they defeated the Kalamazoo Wings (28-25-4-1) by a final score of 4-1 in front of 7,241 at U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday night. Cincinnati has won 11 of its past 12 games and remains in a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Wings struck first when Yann Sauve knocked a rebound from a John Armstrong shot past the pads of Cyclones goaltender Michael Houser (W, 29 saves, 13-5-0) at the 10:37 mark of the opening stanza. Cincinnati answered back with 4:08 left in the first as Mathieu Aubin rushed down the ice and sent a pass across the middle that ricocheted off of Dan Eves and past Joe Cannata (L, 33 saves, 3-4-0) to make it a 1-1 game. Neither team would find a way to score again before the horn sounded for the first intermission.
After a scoreless second period, the Cyclones took their first lead of the night 2:42 into the final frame on a power play opportunity after Mitch Versteeg was whistled for tripping. Charles-Olivier Roussel blasted a one-timer from the point and the rebound went to Mike Pelech directly in front of the Kalamazoo net. Pelech swung to his left and lifted a shot over the pad of Cannata to make the score 2-1 in favor of the home team. In the final 2:20, Cincinnati added a short-handed goal by David Pacan and an empty net strike by David MacDonald to seal the 4-1 victory. It was the first time in more than a year that Cincinnati won six straight games.
The Cyclones Radio Network Stars of the Game are as follows:
First Star: Mike Pelech (1 goal, game winning goal for Cincinnati)
Second Star: Dan Eves (1 goal for Cincinnati)
Third Star: Charles-Olivier Roussel (1 assist for Cincinnati)
Cincinnati will hit the road to close out their busy weekend tomorrow night when they visit the Evansville IceMen at 8:15pm. Fans can hear all the action of the game on the Cyclones Radio Network (FM 100 The FAN, CyclonesHockey.com, America One) beginning at 7:55pm.
The Cyclones will return to the ice at U.S. Bank Arena on Wednesday, March 6 when they welcome in the Florida Everblades at 7:30pm. Fans 21+ can enjoy $1 PBR and Miller High Life all night long as we celebrate the start of Spring Break! Call 513.421.PUCK or visit CyclonesHockey.com to reserve your seats! Fans can also get the latest team updates throughout the season on Facebook and Twitter (@CincyCyclones).
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