Cyclones off to best start in club history
The Cincinnati Cyclones remain the lone ECHL team to not have a regulation loss this season, as they have started the campaign 6-0-2. It marks the first time in club history that the Cyclones have recorded at least one point in eight straight games to start a season.
Last week, Cincinnati recorded three wins, all by one goal, improving to 5-0-2 in games decided by one goal.
The Cyclones opened the week with a 3-2 win against Kalamazoo on Wednesday. Trailing 2-1 in the third period, Cincinnati got a penalty shot goal from Taylor Aronson at the 7:40 mark, and the game-winner from Garrett Wilson with just 38 seconds left in regulation.
Friday in Kalamazoo, the Cyclones and K-Wings engaged in a back-and-forth affair, culminating with three goals scored in a two-minute span late in the third period. Cincinnati took a 4-2 lead late in the second period on a Jonathan Hazen goal, only to the see the K-Wings tie the score on back-to-back power play goals 1:15 apart in the third period. But, just 1:32 after Kalamazoo tied it, Mike Embach scored his first goal of the season at 17:12 to lift the Cyclones to the win.
Cincinnati ended its dramatic week with a 2-1 overtime win against Wheeling on Saturday. Hazen scored the Cyclones’ lone goal of regulation at 14:50 of the second period, and Cam Reid netted the game-winner just 21 seconds into overtime. Brian Foster made 30 saves to pick up the win in goal.
Foster has played in all eight games for the Cyclones this season, and leads the league with six wins to go along with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.
It’s been a balanced attack offensively for Cincinnati as no Cyclone ranks among the top 41 scorers in the league. Rookie David Pacan leads the team with eight points (3g-5a), while Wilson tops the club with four goals.
This week, the Cyclones head south for a pair of games, visiting Greenville for games on Friday and Saturday.