Cyclones have great weekend set of games

CINCINNATI, Ohio- Boy what a way to end a week ! The onslaught began Friday night with a 7-3 Cyclones victory over the Evansville Icemen. Newcomer Trevor Lewis began the scoring with a beautiful tally from outside the crease against Evansville netminder Paul Karpowich.
Lewis described it this way, “It’s been awesome playing at Home (US Bank Arena)It was a good cycle we had and my linemates played unreal, they got it back to the point and I was hanging around the net, a nice little rebound happened to pop out to me and I put it home.”
The goal was Lewis first professional goal and it was a three point night for the rookie forward.
Seven different Cyclones players dented the twine in the largest offensive output thus far this season.
Rookie Michael Houser was in goal for the Clones to claim the win. The power play has steadily improved over the current month. The penalty kill unit has maintained their edge as the Cyclones have gained momentum during January.
Saturday night the Kalamazoo Wings came to town and this time took a close game from the Cyclones. The first period was a scoreless defensive battle. Both Brian Foster (Cyclones) and Joel Martin (K-Wings) stood tall in net making fantastic saves.
As the offenses continued to attack in the middle stanza, Kalamazoo penetrated the Clones defense twice to take the lead. The home crowd of over 9,200 chanted loudly for their Cyclones during the second intermission and the Cyclones responded with two third period scores to tie the game. After several furious flurries during the final minutes of regulation, overtime ensued. In short order the attacking Michiganders captured a rebound and put it past a scrambling Clones defense to end the contest and take away the second point. It was a 3-2 OT loss for the Cyclones.






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On Sunday afternoon, the Wheeling Nailers played host to the Cyclones and the Cincinnatians rebounded. Scoring the first two goals of the contest and never looking back the team played tough hockey. When the Nailers finally pushed the puck past Clones goalie Zoltan Hetenyi, the Cyclones responded twenty –two seconds later to reestablish a two goal cushion. By the end it was a 4-2 victory and another two points for the Cyclones.
The Cyclones now enjoy a seven-point lead in the North division. The club has another three games in three night stretch to end January and begin February. The last day of this month will be a tilt with the Toledo Walleye at US Bank Arena. Then the team will face Evansville and Ft.Wayne on the road to begin February.
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