K-Wings Grounded

Posted: 2009/11/26 by Mike in 2009-2010 Regular Season
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In their first trip to Cincinnati the K-Wings certainly weren’t flying, as the Cyclones came up one short of providing the 3156 in attendance with some Thanksgiving BBQ. The 4-1 victory was probably one of the Cyclones most complete game of the season.  The Boys took it to Kalamazoo early and didn’t let up, the lone K-wings goal was a Power Play tally that ‘Clones net minder Jeremy Smith probably wants back. The effort saw 7 different Cyclones tally points as the Boys out shot the K-Wings 45 to 26. The Defense played well, stifling the K-Zoo forwards on the few occasions they were able to mount an attack. From zone to zone, the game showed what this years team is capable of when they keep their feet moving and play for a full 60 minutes.

-Dustin Sproat keeps rolling, as does Scott Reynolds. When the Cyclones get Voakes healthy and if Chris Mueller returns from Milwaukee, the Cyclones will have legitimate scoring threats on each line; something they haven’t had since the Kelly Cup Championship year.

-Not so lame duck. In a previous post, I raised some questions about Dwayne Zinger after watching him play some questionable games. Last night Dwayne played an excellent game. I hope it’s a trend that continues and that previous efforts were a fluke.

-There was a distinct lack of chippiness in last nights game. Could it be the beat down Zinger put on Lloyd a few games back? Or perhaps the return of Hans Benson? I’m thinking it’s a bit of both. Zinger has proven his value at standing up for teammates and now with Benson back in the fold the Boys certainly have a little more edge to their game. Factor in a little Ryan Del Monte and Brett Robinson (Brett says that his game has some edge and he likes to chirp a bit, but hasn’t done too much of it yet) and the Cyclones have plenty of edge to keep the opposition honest.

-McLean keeps getting better. I said previously that Mike was not living up to my expectations, but after a multi-assist night a few games back, Mike kept it going with a second period goal that I can only describe as disturbingly nice. It’s good to seem him get it going.

-Since the weekday series with Trenton that saw the Cyclones only manage 1 Power Play goal despite 19 chances, the ‘Clones have scored Power Play goals in their last 3 games. The Power Play is currently ranked 8th in the League at 18.6% which isn’t bad, but with the opportunities the Team is generating it would be nice to see the Unit convert around 20% to really make the opponents pay.

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We thank you all for stopping by our little corner of the interweb.


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