A Rough Start and a Trip to Trenton

Posted: 2009/12/17 by Mike in 2009-2010 Regular Season
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Tuesday night’s match up with Toledo started off well enough with Barret Ehgoetz notching his 8th of the season putting the Cyclones up 1-0, but from there Toledo capitalized on a series of defensive missteps scoring the next three goals. The Cyclones rallied but couldn’t overcome the early deficit falling to the Walleye 5-2.

-A tip of the hat goes to Hans Benson who recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick.

-Goal tender Robert Mayer got the start but didn’t last through the first. Mayer was visibly upset when he got pulled. While he was left hanging on the 1st and 3rd goals and the 2nd was off a scramble in front of the net where the white jerseys where just out numbered and out worked by the blue jerseys, a team needs to their goalie to come up big and make those saves when they are controlling the game they way were.

-Dwayne Zinger gets another night of reprieve. He was-2 and was on the ice for 3 of Toledo’s 5 goals, but outside of the portion of the 1st when the whole team was a defensive zone mess, he once again played a solid game.

Looking ahead to Trenton…

-The Cyclones split the 2 game series with the Devils back in November.

-Trenton looks to have a fairly balanced line up offensively with 9 players double digit point totals.

-Those same players are a collective -45 on the season, so there are goals to be had. Trenton has only scored 67 times this season which tied for last in the league and they have given up 97 goals which is the 4th highest in the league.

-In the November series the Cyclones saw both Trenton goalies; Dave Caruso in the win and Gerald Coleman in the loss. Coleman is a monster of a goalie that has cause the Cyclones some issues, it won’t surprise me if we see Coleman on Thursday and Sunday with Caruso getting the Saturday start.

-Coach Weber has said he’ll be going with the goalie that is playing and practicing the best. We will probably see Mayer for one of the games with Smith getting the other 2, but when it comes to the goal tending you never know with Chuck.

-Both Trenton goalies have GAA over 3.5 and judging from the cumulative plus/minus of the Devil’s they aren’t a shut down team defensively. The scoring chances will be there, the Cyclones will need to convert. Trenton may not be the most offensively potent team in the League but the are capable of capitalizing on mistakes and stealing a game if a team lets up.

-Mike-

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