As the 2015-16 season approaches, we’ll take a look back at the highlights from the previous season. 2014-15 wasn’t exactly how the Cyclones planned it to be, but there are definitely some bright sides to look back on. Here are the Top 10 Moments from the 2014-15 season:
#10 – Duck Hunt Skill Level: Expert
November 1st, 2014 @ Quad City Mallards
In the first ever pair of meetings between the Cyclones and their newly found rivals from Quad City, the Cyclones got the upper hand taking the 1st game on October 31st, by a 4-3 final. To complete the sweep of the Mallards, 5 different Cyclones struck as Andrew Yogan, Stephan Vigier, Michael Neal, Josh Shalla, and Joe Basaraba led the Clones to a 5-4 victory over Quad City.
#9 – Sweet, Sweet Justice
December 20th, 2014 vs Elmira Jackals
Chippy-ness (that’s a word now) was a theme of this season series against the Jackals. And on December 20th, things boiled over to the point where Elmira’s Justin Sawyer took a blatant head shot at Cyclone forward, Branden Gracel. It would come back to bite Sawyer as Gracel would net the dagger to seal a 2-0 Cincinnati win.
#8 – Frederick Gaudreau’s Fish Fry
February 15th, 2015 vs Toledo Walleye
Recently reassigned from Milwaukee, Frederick Gaudreau did not fail to impress the Cincinnati faithful as he quickly made an impact on this Cyclones team. With a tough Toledo team in town, Gaudreau shined bright as he was involved with all 3 tallies (2 goals, 1 assist) in Cincinnati’s 3-2 victory over the Walleye on “Kid’s Paint The Ice Night”.
#7 – Jaynen Rissling Hand-Deliver’s Emerson Clark’s Birthday Present
December 17th, 2014 vs Greenville Road Warriors
Greenville’s Emerson Clark was the birthday boy at U.S. Bank Arena, and Jaynen Rissling decided to “hand-deliver” his present.
#6 – You Get A Goal & You Get A Goal & You Get A Goal — Everybody Gets A Goal
November 22nd, 2014 vs Kalamazoo Wings
After Kalamazoo crashed the Opening Night ceremonies for the Cyclones, it was time for some sweet revenge as a 5-goal 2nd period would lead Cincinnati to a 7-3 win over the K-Wings. It would be the biggest offensive explosion the Cyclones would have all season.
#5 – Jack Downing Is A Man Who Wears Many Hats
March 14th, 2015 vs Fort Wayne Komets
A last minute trade deadline deal with the Missouri Mavericks resulted in Jack Downing being sent to Cincinnati. In just his 2nd game with the Cyclones, on “Superhero Night”, Downing struck 3 times to be the first Cincinnati player all season to score a hat trick in a 3-1 victory over the Komets.
#4 – Here Come The Teddies
January 3rd, 2015 vs Wheeling Nailers
It was a career year for the Ohio native defenseman, Chris Reed. On Teddy Bear Toss night, Reed would send the teddy’s flying to continue his career high totals in the goal department. He would later tally the dagger to earn his first career multi-goal game in a 3-2 victory over Wheeling.
#3 – Not Sure It’s Sam Brittain or Brick Wall
December 6th, 2014 vs Kalamazoo Wings
As Athletic Trainer, Bob Case, celebrated his 1,000th professional game; he wouldn’t be the only Cyclone celebrating a milestone that night in Downtown Cincinnati. Rookie netminder, Sam Brittain, was able to stop all 36 Kalamazoo shots that came his way to earn his first professional shutout.
#2 – The Curse Has Been Broken
February 4th, 2015 vs Kalamazoo Wings
Shootouts were not kind to the Cyclones but on this night, the curse would be broken as the Cyclones would win their first shootout of the season. With Sam Brittain injured early in the 3rd period, Cincinnati would pull through with Joe Pendenza’s equalizer with 41 seconds left as well as emergency back-up goaltender, Branden Komm, stopping all 11 shots he faced; including all 4 Kalamazoo shootout shooters.
And the moment that out-shined them all…..
#1 – How To Break The Ice In 1 Minute
December 29th, 2014 vs Evansville IceMen
You’ve probably seen two goals scored in one minute on multiple occasions but very rarely do you see THREE goals scored in a one minute span. In a game that was a 1-1 tie, in the blink of an eye, turned into a 4-1 Cincinnati lead. First, it was Branden Gracel, then Brian Nugent, then finally, Zach Budish. The total time between the tallies was 1:04.