News and Notes

Posted: 2009/11/21 by Mike in 2009-2010 Regular Season
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It’s been awhile since our last update, so I thought I’d take a moment to do so.

The Cyclones are currently 7-6-0-1 for 15pts, which is good enough to overtake Toledo for second in the Division and 8th in the Conference. This Sunday’s late afternoon affair against Toledo will be another big one for the boys.

The Cyclones got their first look at Kalamazoo where they, again, showed some early season resiliency in battling back to a 4-3 shoot out loss in the first game and a 3-2 loss in the second. The boys played from behind in both games; Friday nights game being a back and forth game in which the ‘Clones just couldn’t get the go ahead goal, and on Saturday, from what has been described to me as a sloppy game by the boys, falling behind early but finding away to make a game of it in the 3rd but again couldn’t find the equalizer. All in all, it wasn’t a bad showing by the Boys, especially given how depleted the line up is.

Trenton came to town for two midweek match ups, one of which being the Education in Hockey Day game, which not only had the Boys playing in front of 8900+ screaming kids, but also had the Cyclones leading the league in attendance…ok, it was only for a day but still, it’s impressive to see how the organization has grown on and off the ice. The kids saw a good game too, the Cyclones won 3-1 in what could best be described as a chippy affair, with Trenton racking up a total of 41pms on 15 infractions, giving the ‘Clones 12 Power Play chances (more on the PP in a bit). Wednesday night saw the Cyclones dominate play but come up short 4-2. The ‘Clones out shot Trenton 39 to 16 but just couldn’t solve Trenton’s 6’5″ net minder Gerald ‘what-you-talkin-bout-willis’ Coleman. The game saw Trenton convert on 2 of 6 Power Play chances.  In my opinion, on at least 3 of the goals, Cyclones’ goalie Robert Mayer was left hanging by defensive break downs. Overall it was a game the Cyclones dominated, but Trenton was able to capitalize on Cyclone mistakes to take the win.

The Power Play finally put some goals on the board Friday night in Toledo and the Boys hung on late and earned a 4-3 win. The Power Play converted on 3 of 4 chances, which was a relief after it went 1 for 19 in the two games verse Trenton.

-The bipolar special teams continue. The Cyclones Power Play has converted on 16 of 86 chances for 18.6%, which is good for 9th in the League. That’s not bad, but with the unit is generating chances  it is, that number needs to be higher, at least 20%. Luckily, the Penalty Kill is still clicking along at League leading 89.4%, allowing just 7 goals on 66 man down situation (I don’t know the exact number on this but there have been some 5 on 3 kills along the way and it doesn’t appear that the Boys have surrendered a goal while down 2 men).

-The Cyclones are the least penalized team in the League. The have amassed just 209pims for an average of 14.9 per game.

-Dustin Sproat leads the team in scoring with 7g-8a-15pts.

-Lame Duck? I learned my lesson last season, when I called out Matt Syrczinski only to find out he was playing injured for most of the season, but I do want to say that I haven’t been impressed with Dwayne Zinger. He has quite a hockey resume, but personally I haven’t seen what I was expecting. It doesn’t look like he’s moving his feet well and forwards on the rush are able to turn the corner and drive the net on him frequently. He did start the season on IR, perhaps Chuck was forced to bring him back early as other defensemen where hampered with more serious injuries,  and he’s not 100% or not in game shape. I do like the leadership he has shown. He frequently sticks up for teammates and while not known as a fighter, he more than holds his own when the gloves come off. He also knows the right times to step in and drop the gloves.

-Mike McLean posted a multi point game last night against Toledo, depending on the source it was either 2 or 3 assists. Hammer’s recap has him at 3, th score sheet from last night initially had him at 3, but as of today has him at 2. I was expecting big things out of him after what he did last year on a bad team in Dayton. He currently has 6g-3a for 6points and is a staggering -10. I thought he had some extra jump and confidence with the puck against Trenton. Maybe he’s finally starting to get going.



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