On Saturday night, the fans inside U.S. Bank Arena weren’t treated to free Donato’s Pizza, but a 4-1 Cincinnati victory over Kalamazoo, and postgame indoor fireworks were above satisfactory levels.
Those slow starts, that Coach Macdonald has been addressing since the preseason, bit the Cyclones early on in this one; fortunately, there was no hole to climb out of. The 1st period of this contest was kind of a feeling out, back and forth affair. This would be Kalamazoo’s strongest period of the night, and from there, the struggling K-Wings didn’t have much going for them. In the 2nd and 3rd periods combined, the Cyclones outshot Kalamazoo by a whopping total of 27-12.
Just 1:17 into the middle frame, on the power play, Eric Robinson would place a shot on Joel Martin, and barreling his body to the crease to bury the loose rebound was Garrett Noonan to put Cincinnati on top 1-0. The goal was credited to Branden Gracel, however replay shows in fact, it was Noonan. Moments later, the Cyclones would get a bit of puck luck as Darren Archibald tried to bat a puck out of the air; instead he batted it into his own cage to give Cincinnati the 2-0 lead. The goal was credited to Christiaan Minella since he was the last Cyclone to touch it. Although just over the halfway mark of the period, Kalamazoo would make things interesting. Ludwig Blomstrand showed perfect patience in the corner, waited for Justin Kovacs to get in the perfect spot; Centering pass was perfect and Kovacs puts K-Zoo on the board to make it 2-1.
Cincinnati would start to run away with it in the 3rd as just over a minute in, Eric Robinson would pick the pocket of a Kalamazoo defenseman, go in uncontested, and beat Joel Martin over the shoulder to make it 3-1 Cincinnati. To cap off the night, Steve Weinstein would tally his first professional goal by receiving a centering feed from Peter Quenneville, and bouncing it perfectly off Martin and in to make it 4-1 Cincinnati. 4-1 would be your final score.
Cincinnati improves to (2-0-0) on the year while Kalamazoo falls to (0-4-0).
A complete box score of the game can be found here.
-Cincinnati and Fort Wayne are the only two undefeated teams left in the Western Conference
-Cyclones have the 6th best power play in the league and the 3rd best penalty kill
-Eric Robinson has had at least two points in both games that he’s appeared in
The Cyclones are off until next weekend, as they hit the road for the first time. Next Friday night, they head to Kalamazoo, and on Saturday, they end the trip with a quick visit to Fort Wayne.