4-4-0 RECORD FOR 8 GAMES IN 11 DAYS ARE NOT WITHOUT A COST
CYCLONES 3-2-0 IN TOUGHEST WEEK OF SEASON:
The Cincinnati Cyclones, top minor league affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, have battled through the toughest stretch of 2000-2001. Last week the Cyclones played a total of five games in six nights (see below), and came away with three wins in the five games. Wins against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday night (3-0) and Friday night (4-2) were interrupted by a 5-0 Wednesday night loss at Milwaukee. The Cyclones also fell 7-3 to the Cleveland Lumberjacks Saturday night in Cleveland but finished the five game stretch with a 1-0 shootout victory against the Milwaukee Admirals at Firstar Center on Sunday. At the end of the long week the Cyclones remained in second place in the International Hockey League's Eastern Conference with an overall record of 32-20-5.
9-GAME WINLESS STREAK VS G.R IS HISTORY; CYCLONES BLANK GRIFFINS:
Brad Defauw, Erik Cole and Greg Koehler each scored goals, while Jean-Marc Pelletier stopped all 30 Grand Rapids shots as the Cyclones defeated the Griffins 3-0. The win was the Cyclonesâ€™ first against Grand Rapids in this seasonâ€™s six games. Before Tuesdayâ€™s win Grand Rapids had won nine straight games against the Cyclones dating back to Game 1 of the 1999-2000 Eastern Conference Finals. The Cyclones went 0-8-1 against the Griffins during that span.
ADMIRALS SHOW NO MERCY IN DEALING CYCLONES 5-0 SHUTOUT LOSS:
The Cyclones lost rookie forward Erik Cole due to a second degree MCL sprain and a deep quadricept contusion he suffered at Milwaukee on Feb. 7. Cole will be out 2 â€“ 5 weeks. Through games played Feb. 11 Cole ranked sixth among all Cyclones scorers with 35 points (17g, 18a) in 53 games and led the team in plus/minus ranking with a +13.
SECOND ROUND WITH GRAND RAPIDS SEES CYCLONES PREVAIL AGAIN:
After holding Grand Rapids scoreless on Feb. 6 at Firstar Center, the Cyclones allowed only 2 Griffins markers in a 4-2 on Feb. 9. Goaltender Jean-Marc Pelletier made sure the Cyclones never trailed, as forwards Byron Ritchie and Craig MacDonald scored second period goals to stake the Cyclones to a 2-0 lead. Grand Rapids tied the game in the second period when Todd White and Chris Neil found the net. The Cyclones regrouped in the third as winger Brian Felsner scored the game-winner at 1:53 and rookie Brad Defauw netted an insurance goal at 15:52 to close the scoring. The win was the second in seven games against the Griffins this season.
PETRUK DEBUTS IN COSTLY 7-3 LOSS TO CLEVELAND:
Brian Felsner's goal and assist were his last for a while, as he was injured in the Cyclones 7-3 loss at Cleveland to the Lumberjacks. Greg Koehler and Brand Defauw also recorded goals, but the Jacks rang off five straight tallies from the midway point in the second period to the end of the contest for the win. Cincinnati goaltender Randy Petruk made his first start of the season after coming back from mid-summer knee surgery.
BUSIEST WEEK SINCE 1996 ENDS WITH GOALIE DUEL, CYCLONES 1-0 WIN:
Goaltender Jean-Marc Pelletier picked up his 2nd shutout in 5 days in the Cyclones 1-0 shootout win over the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday afternoon. The entertaining goaltender's duel featured a total of 81 shots on goal (40 by the Cyclones, 41 by Milwaukee). Greg Koehler and Gilbert Dionne rifled home shootout markers for the win. With the shootout win over Milwaukee, the Cyclones finished the season series against the Admirals with a record of 6-3-1.
IT ALL STARTS IN THE HOME-"ICE":
Firstar Center, the Cyclones home since the 1997-98 season, has been very good to it's hockey family lately. Dating back to Dec. 8 (a 3-1 win over the Houston Aeros) the Cyclones have gone 14-1-1 in 16 home games. The Cyclones are 19-6-2 at home this season and 91-45-14 overall at Firstar Center, a winning percentage of .669.
5 IN 6 NIGHTS, 8 IN 11 NIGHTS PART OF 14 IN 28 DAYS OF FEBRUARY:
Before February began, the Cyclones were a fairly healthy hockey club, ranked second in the IHL's Eastern Conference and looking down the barrel of a loaded shotgun of a schedule. The first of February began a stretch of eight games in 11 days involving substantial travel. The worst is past, and the Cyclones will now play just six more games in the remainder of the month. The five games in six nights stretch was the second in the IHL history of the franchise. The team began an identical stretch on Boxing Day, Dec. 26, 1996, and finished the stretch on New Year's Eve. In the 11-season history of the franchise the Cyclones have played 5 games in 6 days a total of four times.
CYCLONES NOMINATED FOR WEEKLY AWARDS:
Brad Defauw and Jean-Marc Pelletier, were nominated for IHL awards this week. Defauw was nominated as the Cyclones IHL Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week with 3 goals, 2 assists, 5 points and a plus-1 in all 5 games this week. Pelletier was nominated for IHL Goaltender of the week with a 3-1-0 record, 1.39 goals against average and a .948 save percentage.
MCSORLEY BACK IN PRO HOCKEY, MEMBER OF GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS:
Defenseman Marty McSorley signed a free-agent contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins and played Feb. 10 and Feb. 11 games with the Griffins. McSorely was suspended for 1-year by the NHL for a stick-swinging incident, but became eligible to play this past week. The Cyclones play in Grand Rapids on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
PRACTICES THIS WEEK:
The Cyclones will have a Tuesday morning practice at Sportsplus at 10 a.m., a Wednesday morning skate at noon (E.S.T.) in Kansas City, prior to their game the Kansas City Blades that evening. The Cyclones will also have a Friday morning skate at 10 a.m. at Firstar Center prior to their game against the Orlando Solar Bears.
RANDY PETRUK TO PAY VISIT TO SPECIAL CYCLONES FAN:
Thursday Feb. 15, Cyclones goaltender Randy Petruk will drop by and spend some quality time with a very special Cyclones fan. Garrett Christian, a seventh grader who is battling a brain tumor will be visited by Petruk from 4 to 5 p.m. Garrett's family are Cyclones fans, and will be adorned in team jerseys for the occasion.
GAMES ON HOMER AND WWW.CYCLONESHOCKEY.COM, SPORTSJUICE:
The Cyclones game on Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day) against the Kansas City Blades will be broadcast on both www.cycloneshockey.com and 1360-Homer, "The Sports Animal," but will be joined in progress by 1360-Homer around 9:30PM. The broadcast will begin at 8:15 PM E.S.T. The Cyclones game against the Orlando Solar Bears on Friday evening at Firstar Center will be carried by 1360-Homer, "The Sports Animal," with a start time of 7:15PM.
SPECIAL CYCLONES TALK:
Cyclones Talk, a show devoted to the Cincinnati Cyclones hockey team moves into its 11th season. The show, runs from 7-8 p.m. Monday nights at Jillian's, in Covington, Kentucky. The next show is set for Monday, Feb. 12 with the scheduled guests to be Cyclones centerman Stefan Ustorf, his wife Jodi and 3-year old son Jakob.
The Cincinnati Cyclones Official Internet Web Site can be found at www.cycloneshockey.com. The new website contains interactive features, including an all-new opening. The website also has a live broadcast feature where fans can catch Cyclones play-by-play action. E-mail can also be sent to the Cyclones Offices at: CyclonesPR@aol.com. The Cyclones web site was constructed by I-Jireh, a Cincinnati based Internet consulting group, www.jireh.com.
For fans who can't wait for the morning paper to find out how the Cyclones did, there is the Cyclones Scoreline. Fans can get the score updates by contacting the Cyclones offices at 421-PUCK, extention 333. This service is updated after every Cyclones game.
Cyclones Top 10 Leading Scorers 2000-2001 Season
Player GP G A Pts.
Greg Koehler 55 26 23 49
Brian Felsner 52 18 27 45
Byron Ritchie 53 16 23 39
Erik Cole 53 17 18 35
Brad Defauw 57 13 19 32
Craig MacDonald 57 12 19 31
Ian MacNeil 57 15 14 29
Harlan Pratt 51 3 18 21