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HURRICANES PROSPECT REPORT - JAN. 23

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CINCINNATI CYCLONES UPDATE

MOSS: "I'VE NEVER WON WHILE WEARING #35...":
Goaltender Tyler Moss was assigned to the Cyclones on Jan. 17 by the Carolina Hurricanes, and joined the team for practice that morning, then a bus ride to in the afternoon. Hockey goaltenders are typically given to superstitions and idiosyncracies, so, when Moss was informed he would wear #35 he stated, "I've never won a game in goal while wearing the number 35 on my back." Moss put the superstition to rest by beating the Chicago Wolves in Chicago 5-4 in a shootout.

2ND HALF BEGINS WITH THREE IN THREE:
The Carolina Hurricanes' top minor league affiliate Cincinnati Cyclones of the International Hockey League played three games in the past week, posting a record of 2-0-1. The Cyclones lost in overtime to the Detroit Vipers 3-2 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan on Jan. 18. Jan. 19 at Firstar Center in Cincinnati, the Cyclones defeated the Cleveland Lumberjacks 8-3. Jan. 20. in Chicago, the Cyclones defeated the Wolves in a shootout 5-4. The Cyclones are 26-14-5, good for 2nd place overall in the IHL and 2nd place in the Eastern Conference behind the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Cyclones are now 4-1-2 in the month of January, 2001. Greg Koehler now leads the Cyclones in scoring with 19 goals, 17 assists for 35 points.

FORMER CYCLONE SNAPS CYCLONES 14-GAME WIN STREAK IN OT:
Erik Cole scored a goal for the Cyclones but the Detroit Vipers countered with goals in regulation time from Christian Kudroc and Kyle Freadrich, and the game-winner in overtime which was scored by former Cyclones winger Jason Podollan. Podollan, who played for the Cyclones in the 1994-95 playoffs, scored at the 2:06 mark in overtime to lift the Vipers to the win and snap a Cyclones winning streak against the Vipers that had reached 14 games.

KOEHLER SETS RECORD ON COCA-COLA/NASCAR NIGHT:
Greg Koehler's three power play goals highlighted the Cyclones 8-3 win over the Cleveland Lumberjacks and set a Cyclones franchise record for most power-play goals in one game (3). Koehler added an assist and was named first star of the game. Koehler, Byron Ritchie, Jeff Heerema, Erik Cole and each recorded goals in the 8-3 win,.

Nascar's Kyle Petty was in attendance at the game and even participated in the intermission promotions. In honor of the occasion the Cyclones wore special Nascar-patterned jerseys, complete with a checkered border around the waist, elbows and neck, against black. The Cyclones 8-3 win gives them a 4-4-0 record against Cleveland this season, and a mark of 60-23-4 all time against the Lumberjacks in the nine-year history of the Buckeye State Hockey Rivalry.

CYCLONES OUTLAST CHICAGO WOLVES WITH 5-4 SHOOTOUT WIN:
Jaroslav Svoboda, Greg Koehler and Jeff Heerema each scored goals for the Cyclones in a 5-4 win over the Chicago Wolves on Saturday night in Chicago. Steve Maltais, Steve Larouche and Robert Petrovicky scored the Wolves goals in regulation, as the teams played through a scoreless overtime frame. In the shootout, Koehler and Brian Felsner each scored for the Cyclones while goaltender Tyler Moss stopped both Chicago shooters (Larouche and Maltais) to pick up his 2nd win in two nights, and his first win in a shootout. A raucous crowd of over 11,000 witnessed the game at the All State Arena, in Chicago. With the win, the Cyclones finish the season series against the Wolves at 4-1-0.

CYCLONES AT OR NEAR THE TOP IN VARIOUS LEAGUE CATEGORIES:
After scoring four power-play goals in his last two games, Cyclones right winger Greg Koehler has taken the team lead in scoring and now ranks third in the IHL in goals (19) and second in power play goals (10). Center Ian MacNeil is tied for the league lead in game-winning goals (5), while Cyclones rookies Erik Cole and Brad Defauw are in third and fifth place, respectively among rookie scorers in the circuit. Rookie Jeff Heerema is tied for first in the IHL in power play goal scoring (5).

HEEREMA AND SVOBODA CONTRIBUTE IN THIS WEEKS WINS:
Cyclones rookies Jeff Heerema and Jaroslav Svoboda stepped up in the games against Cleveland and at Chicago. Heerema scored a power-play goal in the Cyclones 8-3 rout of the Cleveland Lumberjacks and then added another tally in the Saturday night game at Chicago, a 5-4 Cyclones shootout win. Svoboda struck first for the Cyclones on Saturday night with his 3rd goal of the season only 1:14 into the contest. Svoboda also had his first professional scrap on Thursday night, when he had a toe-to-toe tilt with Scott Nicol, the Detroit Vipers Captain.

CYCLONES NOMINATED FOR WEEKLY AWARDS:
The Cyclones weekly awards nominees were: Greg Koehler, IHL Player of the Week with 6 points (4g, 2a) and a plus-2 in three games; Tyler Moss, Goaltender of the Week with a 2-0-1 record, a 3.21 G.A.A and a .901 save percentage; Brad Defauw, Rookie of the Week with three assists in three games.

YOUTH HOCKEY CLINICS SET WEDNESDAY:
Cyclones defenseman Nik Tselios will be one of eight Cyclones guest instructors for CAHA (Cincinnati Amatuer Hockey Association) practices to be held at Northland's Ice Center and Sportsplus, both located in Evendale, Ohio. 10 teams will be visited on Wednesday evening, with practices running from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

CYCLONES VISIT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE:
Selected Cyclones players will visit Cincinnati Children's Hospital at 2 p.m., while others will visit the Ronald McDonald House later that same evening. The visit to Children's Hospital is the first this season for Cyclones players, while the visit to the Ronald McDonald House is the 2nd since the pre-Christmas eve visit by Mike Rucinski, Erik Cole, Brian Felsner, Greg Kuznik and Craig MacDonald.

CYCLONES TALK:
"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, KY. The next show is set for Monday, January 22nd, with Byron Ritchie and Craig MacDonald the scheduled guests. The show is scheduled to run on the Internet for the first time through www.cycloneshockey.com.

FLORIDA EVERBLADES UPDATE

EVERBLADES SPLIT PAIR WITH PRIDE:
The Florida Everblades split a pair of games over the weekend with the Pee Dee Pride. Friday, the Everblades mounted a third period comeback, defeating the Pride 3-2. On Saturday, the Pride returned the favor beating the Everblades 4-1.

The Everblades play just one game this week hosting the division leading South Carolina Stingrays on Friday. The Everblades are currently in fourth place in the Southeast Division with a record of 19-17-5.

THIS WEEK (All Times Eastern):
Friday, Jan. 26 vs. South Carolina TECO Arena 7:30 p.m.
GAME NOTES:
This is the fourth of nine meetings between the teams this season. The Everblades have a record of 1-1-1 versus South Carolina this season. South Carolina leads the Division with a 27-9-5 record. The Stingrays are 5-2-3 in their last ten games. South Carolina has the best road record in the ECHL winning 17 games away from home. The Stingrays are led Jason Sessa. Sessa has 24 goals and 45 points in 38 games this season. The Stingrays feature the goaltending duo of Jody Lehamn (9-4-2, 2.18 GAA) and Kirk Daubenspeck (18-5-3, 2.57 GAA). Lehman is third in GAA in the ECHL, while Daubenspeck is second in the ECHL in wins.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS:
Friday, Jan. 19 vs. Pee Dee TECO Arena 3-2 Win
GAME NOTES: The Everblades scored twice in the third period to defeat the Pee Dee Pride 3-2. The Everblades jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a power play goal by Randy Copley. The Pride tied the game late in the first period as Casey Kesselring scored on a great pass from Dany Bousquet. The Pride extended their lead to 2-1 on a power play goal from Wes Goldie. The Everblades tied the game 4:09 into the final frame on a goal from Jason Morgan. Mike Jickling scored what proved to be the game winner less then two minutes later on a pass from Nathan Rempel. Randy Petruk earned the win stopping 23 of 25 shots including all 13 shots in the third period.

Saturday, Jan. 20 vs. Pee Dee TECO Arena 4-1 Loss
GAME NOTES: The Pee Dee Pride reversed their fortunes from Friday night defeating the Everblades 4-1 to earn a split on the road. The Everblades drew first blood on a goal from Devin Hartnell. Mike Jickling won a face-off back to Terry Lindgren who fired a shot that Hartnell deflected past Pee Dee goaltender Cory Cadden. Pee Dee tied the game with a goal from Allan Sirois. Trevor Demmans gave the Pride a 2-1 lead with a power play goal. Wes Goldie increased the Pee Dee lead to 3-1 with his first of the game. Goldie would add an empty net to make the final 4-1.

EVERBLADES NUMBERS:
Overall Record 19-17-5; Home Record 10-5-2; Road Record 9-12-3; Overtime Record 4-5; Shootout Record 3-3; Power Play 40/201 (19.9%), 7th; Penalty Kill 48/206 (76.7%), 24th;

TEAM NOTES:
The Everblades have scored first in 24 of 41 games with a record of 11-9-4 in the games where they have scored first. Mike Jickling has a three game point scoring streak. Florida has scored a power play goal in five of their last six contests. Tom Buckley is pointless in his last three games after a six game point scoring streak. Florida is 3-4 in their last seven games at home.

PLAYER MOVES:
Hurricanes prospect Reggie Berg remains with Lowell (AHL). Jason Metcalfe was acquired from Mobile on Jan. 16 in exchange for Jon Sorg. Shane Belter returned from a stint on the injured reserve. Belter missed nine games with his injury.

EVERBLADES IN THE COMMUNITY:
Hurricanes prospect goaltender Randy Petruk and Andy MacIntyre will be at Pinewood Elementary School on Jan. 22 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Brent McDonald and Pete Hogan will be at Michigan Montessori School on Jan. 23 at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Hugh Hamilton and Matt Demarski will be at Vineyards Elementary School on Jan. 24 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

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