CINCINNATI, OH – The Cyclones notched their first win of the season in Week three. Despite dropping their penalty-filled game in Kalamazoo, Cincinnati’s play was highlighted by a few early stars. Justin Danforth and Eric Knodel continued their hot-streak, combining for a total of four points in two games last week, while Mitch Nylen put in his first professional goal with the Cyclones. A few others put their name on the score sheet for the first time this past week, including Winston Day Chief, Andrew Radjenovic, and Shawn O’Donnell. A second-year Cyclones vet, O’Donnell’s goals in back-to-back nights tied him as the team goal leader with Danforth. Another new face in the crowd, Jesse Schultz has notched an assist in nearly every game in the season thus far, tying Knodel for the team lead in helpers.
Player of the Week
Last Week: 3 points (1g-2a)
In an interesting year for the Cyclones, seeing the end of one long-time affiliation and the beginning of another, there are several new faces dawning the spiral ‘C’ on the ice this season. Danforth, a rookie out of Sacred Heart University, has made is presence known in a big way already this season. Leading the team in points (5) and goals (2), alongside Knodel and O’Donnell, respectively, Danforth’s play on the ice is that of a player wise beyond his short time in professional hockey. Between his previous stints with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Rochester Americans after the end of his senior campaign in 2017, and now a one-year contract with the Americans, it would come as no surprise if (when) Danforth gets the call to Upstate New York.
Central Division Standings
1. Kalamazoo Wings (4-0-0-1; 9 points)
2. Toledo Walleye (3-2-1-0; 7 points)
3. Quad City Mallards (3-3-0-0; 6 points)
4. Kansas City Mavericks (3-2-0-0; 6 points)
5. Fort Wayne Komets (2-1-1-0; 5 points)
6. Indy Fuel (2-3-1-0; 5 points)
7. Cincinnati Cyclones (1-2-1-0; 3 points)
@ Kalamazoo Wings; Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7:00 pm
PREVIEWING KALAMAZOO: This is a K-Wings team that for some odd reason, loves the penalty box. When the Cyclones met Kalamazoo on a sheet of orange shaded ice on Saturday, the Wings gave Cincinnati 11 (ELEVEN) power play opportunities. However, the Cyclones only cashed in on one of those man-advantages. Safe to say, if the Cyclones want to get out Kalamazoo with a win this time, they’ll have to start taking advantage of their power plays as there is sure to a lot of chances.
@ Wheeling Nailers; Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:05 pm
PREVIEWING WHEELING: Cincinnati has a big team to face when they go up against Wheeling on Friday. In their last meeting, the Cyclones fell 4-2, with goals from team point leaders, Danforth and Eric Knodel. Wheeling’s rookie, Cam Brown, notched one goal and two assists en route to the Nailers win over the Clones. Since then, Brown has gone on to lead the Nailers in assists (8) and tie for the most points (9) with Nick Sorkin. Wheeling will go into Friday night’s matchup with a record of 4-1-1, 9 points, leading the North Division.
vs. Adirondack Thunder; Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 pm
PREVIEWING ADIRONDACK: The Cyclones face another out-of-conference team when they go head-to-head with the Thunder on Saturday. Adirondack comes in to the Queen City after a four-game week in week four of the season, going up against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, the Toledo Walleye twice, and finishing off with a road game in Reading to face the Royals. The Thunder came out of the week with only one win, bringing their season record to 3-3-1-0.
Points: Danforth and Knodel (five)
Goals: Danforth and O’Donnell (two)
Assists: Knodel and Schultz (four)
Penalty Minutes: Atwal (ten)
Points: Knodel – four games (1-4-5)
Goals: O’Donnell – two games (2)
Assists: Knodel – four games (4)
-Nylen scored his first professional goal on Saturday night in Kalamazoo. The rookie out of Lawrenceville, GA opened the scoring for the Cyclones at 12:33 in the first period. Nylen’s goal was assisted by Sacred Heart University teammate, Danforth.
-Living up to the ‘C’ on his chest, second-year Cyclones veteran, Knodel has started this season on fire. The team captain has notched a point (1-4-5) in all four games of the Cyclones season, thus far, which includes one assist per game.