The Ying and the Yang

Posted: 2009/11/28 by Mike in 2009-2010 Regular Season
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If Wednesday’s 4-1 triumph was the teams most complete game of the season, then Frday’s 6-5 victory was their most bi-polar. Kalamazoo came out with a lot of jump and had the Cyclones playing from behind early. The resiliency of the Squad was again noticeable as the Boys answered right back and lead 3-2 at the end of 1. The 2nd started the same way as the 1st and before the Cyclones knew it they trailed by 2 again 5-3. Once again the Guys battled back and started the 3rd all square at 5, when, for the second time in as many games, Scott Reynolds (who had family in town)  received a pass from Barret Ehgoetz behind the K-Wings defense and scored the game winner.

-The game was a bit more chippy then Wednesday’s tilt. Absent from the Cyclones line up was Hans Benson and that may have opened the door a bit for the K-Wings to think they could take some extra liberties with the smaller Cyclones. It certainly didn’t help that Referee Steve Patafie was only calling capital crimes and it looked like the game was going to get out of hand at any moment.

-I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but, in reference to Lloyd’s goal in the second, can Dwayne Zinger move any slower in transition? Again, I’m holding judgment because I really want to like this guy. Is he healthy?

-The Penalty Kill was just 2 for 5 and no longer leads the league.  They still kill off 86.7% of the short handed situations, and that’s not too shabby.

-Scott Reynolds still has a knack for game winners.  In 2007-2008 Reynolds scored 13 goals all season, 4 of which were game winners.  In 17 games this season Scott has 7 goals, 3 of which have been game winners.

-After getting to see Kalamazoo in person, they are an offensive team, but is only truly potent in transition. 2 of their 5 goals were of the power play variety, one of which was on a beauty of a pass through the goal mouth. The goals that weren’t PP goals were all in transition play or break aways. I wasn’t really impressed with their play in the offensive zone 5 on 5. The Kalamazoo wings sellout and leave the defensive zone very early and the Cyclone forwards were able to take advantage by creating turnovers off the half wall creating some really good odd man scoring chances. The secrets to success against Kalamazoo at this point would appear to be puck control, not letting their forwards get behind the Defense on transition and just locking down their transition play in general.


  1. joe says:

    -I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but, in reference to Lloyd’s goal in the second, can Dwayne Zinger move any slower in transition? Again, I’m holding judgment because I really want to like this guy. Is he healthy?

    I’m on exactly the same page on this. Zinger gets burned so badly sometimes it’s got to make anybody wonder. He’s either finished or hurt. Either/Or. I hope it’s the latter, but I’m beginning to doubt this.

  2. Primis says:


    Kalamazoo started the season playing an in-your-face and aggressive attacking style. To be blunt, right now they can’t because they’re missing so much offense, and the result is that instead of spending a lot of time in the attacking zone like they were in the first part of the season, the Wings have been spending a lot of time on their heels instead and their structure is such that they can’t play that way.

    It’s that simple. The team you saw in Kalamazoo was literally a different one than made the trip to Cincy. Right now, as a Wings fan, we’re just trying to be patient and hoping that patience is rewarded with more players coming back from call-ups. We’ve signed some solid players to fill in (Peralta, and now Lange) but the truth is we need the ones back that do all the little things in the neutral zone, like Curadeau and Daavettila. Because the Wings’ defensive corps isn’t all that great and they can’t carry a game themselves.

  3. EP says:

    Just stopping by to say I love your blog =) I’m not super up on the ECHL but the Cyclones are the ECHL affiliate of my AHL and NHL teams so it’s really cool to see this blog.

    Keep up the great work! =)

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