Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Evansville IceMen
Ford Center – Jan. 6, 2013 – 5:00 p.m.
The Evansville IceMen (12-21-3; 27) return home to face a familiar division foe in the Cincinnati Cyclones (20-11-2; 42) on Sunday at the Ford Center. The IceMen look to get back to winning ways after a matchup in which the team allowed four special teams goals in one period against the Kalamazoo Wings. The Cyclones will try to stay atop the North Division on Sunday as they are currently one point ahead of the second place Toledo Walleye. This will be the seventh meeting between the IceMen and Cyclones during this campaign. Evansville is (2-3-1) against Cincinnati this season.
EVA: Saturday, Jan. 5- L @ Kalamazoo, 7-3
Brief Recap: After being on the receiving end of four middle period goals on Friday, the Evansville IceMen fell victim to four consecutive special teams goals by the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday. The abundance of second period penalties ultimately denied the IceMen the opportunity to break even with the Wings in the North Division standings.
Kalamazoo Forward Eric Kattelus had another strong performance against the IceMen on Saturday night as he was a part of five of the Wings’ seven goals. Kattelus scored two goals and dished out three assists on his way to the game’s first star honor. The Kalamazoo forward now has 13 goals on the season with seven of those triumphs coming against the IceMen.
Kattelus’ efforts overshadowed another presumptuous effort by IceMen Left Winger Wade MacLeod, who accounted for two of Evansville’s three tallies against the Wings. MacLeod struck for the game’s initial goal 8:20 into the first period, giving the IceMen their first lead in the opening interval. IceMen Right Winger Kevin Baker and Center Todd Robinson assisted on MacLeod’s first of two goals.
CIN: Saturday, Jan. 5- L vs Ft. Wayne, 5-4
Saturday, Dec. 29- CIN 4 @ EVA 3
Brief Recap: The Evansville IceMen took a two-goal lead into the third period of Saturday night’s game against the Cincinnati Cyclones, but for a second consecutive night, Evansville surrendered three unanswered final period goals. The IceMen were outscored in the third period 6-0 in the last two contests.
Cincinnati owned a lead for only 1:42 in the game, with the game-winning goal coming from Forward Andrew Conboy during the lattermost portion of the third period. Conboy made his Cyclones debut on Saturday after coming to Cincinnati via trade from the Trenton Titans. Conboy’s game-winner was assisted by Cincinnati Forward David Pecan.
EVA Leading Scorers:
LW Josh Beaulieu- 31pts. (14G,17A)
C Todd Robinson- 27pts. (1G,26A)
C Nathan Moon- 23pts. (11G,12A)
LW Dylan Clarke- 23pts. (11G,12A)
CIN Scoring Leaders:
C Michael Pelech- 29pts. (6G,23A)
F David Pacan- 26pts. (8G,18A)
F Garrett Wilson- 23pts. (13G,10A)
RW Mathieu Aubin- 22pts. (6G,16A)
EVA is (8-9-3) vs North Division opponents
CIN is (11-6-1) vs North Division opponents
EVA is (2-7-1)5 in their last 10 games
CIN is (6-4-0)12 in their last 10 games
EVA is (8-12-0) at home
CIN is (9-4-2) on road
ECHL Today: http://echl.com/echl-today-jan-6-p181175
C Michael Pelech leads the Cyclones against the IceMen with 8 pts (0G,8A)
IceMen LW Wade MacLeod leads the ECHL in shot percentage (33.3%)
Cincinnati is (15-5-1) when scoring the game’s first goal
Evansville is (11-2-2) when leading after two periods