TWO OVER VIPERS, FOLLOWED BY BACK-TO-BACK SHELLACKS IN MILWAUKEE, ORLANDO
CYCLONES 2-2-0 ON WEEK:
The Cincinnati Cyclones, top minor league affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, began the past week with back-to-back wins over the Detroit Vipers (6-2 at Firstar Center on Monday night; 4-0 at Detroit on Thursday night), but finished the week at 2-2-0. Road losses at Milwaukee (6-0) and Orlando (4-1) left the Cyclones overall record at 29-18 and 5, with the toughest stretch of the season right in front of them. The Cyclones will now play 5 games in the next 6 nights, (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) all against Eastern Conference opposition. The stretch is part of a grueling 8 games in 11 nights segment in the month of February where the Cyclones will play 14 games in the 28 days of the month. So far in the month of February, the Cyclones record is 1-2-0.
CYCLONES WIN 15 OUT OF LAST 16 VS VIPERS WITH 6-2 DECISION MONDAY NIGHT:
Four different Hurricanes prospects found the scoresheet Monday night in the Cyclones 6-2 win over the Detroit Vipers. The win gave the Cyclones 15 victories in their last 16 games against Detroit. Brad Defauw, Erik Cole, Ian MacNeil and Brian Felsner all scored goals. Goaltender Tyler Moss, now back with the Hurricanes, was in goal for the Cyclones and picked up his 4th win of the season.
MAKE THAT 16 OUT OF THEIR LAST 17; CYCLONES DOWN VIPERS 4-0 AT PALACE:
Forward Greg Koehler's goal and two assists paced the Cyclones to their 16th win in their last 17 games against the Vipers with Tyler Moss picking up his 2nd shutout as a Cyclones goaltender in the 4-0 win. The win was the 29th of the season for the Cyclones who are now 16-0-1 against the Vipers since the start of the 1999-2000 season. The Cyclones are 8-0-1 vs Detroit this season with one contest left to be played against the Vipers.
ADMIRALS CAME TO PLAY SATURDAY:
The Cyclones gave up three first period goals, two 2nd period goals and one third period goal to the Milwaukee Admirals as they whitewashed the Cyclones 6 to nothing in a Saturday afternoon game at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Entering the game, the Cyclones had a record of 5-1-1 vs the Admirals this season. Jean-Marc Pelletier was in goal for the Cyclones in his first game back with the club since being recalled by the Carolina Hurricanes in January. The two teams will play again in Milwaukee on Wednesday, February 7th. The Cyclones and Admirals will end the week on Sunday evening in a 5:00 PM game at Firstar Center in the last meeting of the season between the two teams.
ORLANDO AVENGES 7-0 SHUTOUT OF LAST WEEK WITH NEAR SHUTOUT:
Byron Ritchie's goal with 18 seconds left in the hockey game helped the Cyclones avert a shutout at the hands of the Orlando Solar Bears on Sunday afternoon in Orlando. Ritchie's goal was a power play marker and was the only offense the Cyclones could produce in the game. The Solar Bears took the lead early in the game on a Bryan Adams goal at the 1:20 mark of the first period and never looked back. The Solar Bears got a 2nd period goal then two more in the third period to put the game out of reach. The 4-1 loss was the final game in a Cyclones uniform for Tyler Moss and Craig Adams, who both left to rejoin the Carolina Hurricanes for their Western road swing. Moss finished with the Cyclones with a record of 5-3-1.
TRANSACTIONS, TRANSACTIONS, TRANSACTIONS, THE GOALTENDER SHUFFLE:
The past weekend saw a goaltending shuffle between the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL, the Cincinnati Cyclones of the IHL and the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Cyclones Goaltender Marc Magliarditi was assigned to the Florida Everblades on Friday morning, prior to the Cyclones leaving for Milwaukee. Magliarditi left the Cyclones with a record of 6-6-3, a goals against average of 3.22 and a save percentage of .902. Goaltender Jean-Marc Pelletier was assigned to the Cyclones that same day by the Carolina Hurricanes and joined the club in Milwaukee. Pelletier had been with the Hurricanes as a backup to starter Arturs Irbe since mid-January. On Sunday, goaltender Randy Petruk was assigned to the Cyclones by the Carolina Hurricanes. Petruk had been playing with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, where he posted a record of 5-7-1 with a goals against average of 3.31 and a save percentage of .898. The reassignments continued, as goaltender Tyler Moss and right winger Craig Adams were recalled by the Hurricanes. Moss leaves the Cyclones after posting a record of 5-3-1 with two shutouts, a goals against average of 2.81 and a save percentage of .901. In four games with the Cyclones, Adams had one assist but several excellent body checks.
CRUCIAL STRETCH DEAD-AHEAD:
February was already going to be the toughest month for the Cyclones this season with 14 games in 28 days, but by the end of this week, the Cyclones will have played 8 games in 11 days with travel. This week the Cyclones will play 5 games in 6 days, beginning Tuesday night. RITCHIE, KOEHLER AND DIONNE SEE STREAKS END: Cyclones centerman Byron Ritchie anchors the line of himself, Greg Koehler and Gilbert Dionne. The trio each saw consecutive game points streaks end on Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee in the Cyclones 6-0 loss to the Admirals. Prior to that, Ritchie had a 7 game assist streak, while Koehler and Dionne each tallied at least one point in eight straight games. Offensively, the line has become one of the best in the IHL, and is seeing abundant duty on the Cyclones power play. Last season, the Cyclones top line consisted of Todd Simon centering right winger Todd Hawkins and Dionne.
SCARY MOMENT; COLE AVOIDS SERIOUS INJURY AFTER HIP-CHECK IN MILWAUKEE:
Rookie forward Erik Cole gave the Cyclones a scare on Saturday afternoon, when he was hit with a hip-check at center ice by Milwaukee's Alexandre Boikov. Cole flipped over Boikov and hit the ice and had to be helped to the Cyclones dressing room by Cyclones Athletic Trainer Nick Kenney. Cole missed the remainder of the game against the Admirals, but played on a limited basis against the Orlando Solar Bears on Sunday. The injury was determined to be bruised knee. The durable Cole has played in all but one Cyclones game this season, and is 2nd in the IHL among rookies in scoring (16 goals, 18 assists, 34 points) and in games played (Brad Defauw, 52 games).
CYCLONES NOMINATED FOR WEEKLY AWARDS:
Byron Ritchie, Tyler Moss, Mike Rucinski, and Erik Cole were nominated for IHL awards this week. Ritchie was nominated for IHL Player of the Week with 2 goals, 2 assists for 4 points in four games. Moss was nominated as IHL Goaltender of the Week with 2 wins, 1 loss and no shootout/overtime losses, a 1.99 goals against average and a .936 save percentage in three games. Rucinski was nominated for IHL Defenseman of the Week with 3 assists and a plus-1 in four games. Rookie Erik Cole was nominated as IHL Rookie of the Week with 2 goals, 1 assist for 3 points and a plus-1 in four games.
PRACTICES THIS WEEK:
The Cyclones will have only morning skates this week. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings the club will skate prior to games later that day. The morning skates will be at Firstar Center on Tuesday and Friday mornings and at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Wednesday morning.
FIVE GAMES THIS WEEK, ALL AGAINST EASTERN CONFERENCE RIVALS:
The work week begins on Tuesday for the Cyclones, and doesn't end until Sunday evening. Beginning Tuesday, February 6th, the Cyclones will play 5 games in 6 days, (all against Eastern Conference opponents) by hosting the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Cyclones then travel to Milwaukee to play the Admirals on Wednesday evening at Bradley Center, then return home to face the Griffins once again on Friday night. Saturday evening the Cyclones are back in Cleveland for the final time in the regular season to take on the Lumberjacks, then return home for a Sunday evening contest at 5:00 PM game against the Admirals. The Griffins are the IHL affiliate club of the Ottawa Senators of the NHL, while the Admirals are the affiliate club of the Nashville Predators of the NHL. The Cleveland Lumberjacks are the affiliate club of the Minnesota Wild of the NHL.
POINT, CLICK, PURCHASE; THE IHL.COM OFFERS IHL MERCHANDISE ON-LINE:
The International Hockey League has announced a new venture for league merchandise acquisition on-line. In a unique partnership, the IHL has made merchandise available through THE IHL STORE on the league's official website, www.theihl.com. The partnership involves AuctionAnything.com and will give fans the opportunity to purchase sweatshirts, t-shirts, golf shirts, hats and many other merchandise items. Fans will also be able to purchase the IHL's Official 2000-2001 Guide and Record Book via the website.
In the Cyclones game on Sunday, February 11th is another Toys-R-Us Family night, when the Cyclones play the Milwaukee Admirals. Families of four will receive 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 soft drinks and 1 tub of popcorn for only $39.00. Then on Friday, February 16th the Blues Brothers will make their annual appearance at Firstar Center on Cyclones trading card night. Other promotions are planned for the remainder of February, March and April.
GAMES THIS WEEK ON HOMER AND WWW.CYCLONESHOCKEY.COM AND SPORTSJUICE.COM:
The Cyclones game on Tuesday night at Firstar Center against Grand Rapids will be broadcast on 1360-Homer, the Sports Animal. Wednesday night's game in Milwaukee will be carried on the Cyclones website at www.cycloneshockey.com. Friday's game against Grand Rapids and Saturday night's game at Cleveland will be aired on 1360-Homer, "The Sports Animal." The Sunday evening game against Milwaukee will be joined in progress on 1360-Homer, "the Sports Animal," but will begin exclusively on www.cycloneshockey.com and Sportsjuice.com.
Cyclones Talk, a show devoted to the Cincinnati Cyclones hockey team moves into its eleventh season. The show, runs from 7-8 p.m. Monday nights at Jillian's, in Covington, Kentucky. The next show is set for Monday, February 5th with the scheduled guest to be Cyclones defenseman Jon Rohloff.
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 world-wide. 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 Leading Scorers for the 2000-2001 Season
Player GP G A Pts.
Greg Koehler 50 24 22 46
Brian Felsner 48 16 25 41
Byron Ritchie 48 15 23 38
Erik Cole 51 16 18 34
Craig MacDonald 52 11 18 29
Ian MacNeil 52 15 13 28
Brad Defauw 52 10 17 27
Harlan Pratt 46 3 18 21
MAGLIARDITI RETURN TO EVERBLADES (ESTERO, FL – Feb. 3, 2001)
Bob Ferguson, Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations of the Florida Everblades, announced today that Marc Magliarditi has been assigned to the Everblades by the Carolina Hurricanes. Magliarditi will be with the team for tonight’s game against Greenville. Magliarditi has played in 17 games with Cincinnati this season with a 6-6-3 record. Last season Marc was named to the ECHL All-Star team. Marc was selected by Chicago Blackhawks in 6th round of 1995 NHL Entry Draft (146th overall). At Western Michigan Marc was named CCHA Rookie of the Year during the 1995-96 season and named to the first team All-CCHA team. In his first season with the Everblades Marc played in 47 games with the Everblades leading the ECHL in wins with 32. Magliarditi finished second in the ECHL with a 2.27 goals against average and in shutouts with five.