CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones (28-21-2-0) face-off against the Kalamazoo Wings (27-21-3-2) for Cyclones Fight Cancer Night at US Bank Arena tonight at 7:30.
The Central Division rivals last faced each other on Sunday, Feb. 18 in Cincinnati, with the Cyclones taking home the win. Going into the final period of that matchup, Cincy was down 4-2 but bounced back with a vengeance as Eric Knodel and Daniel Muzito-Bagenda forced the game into overtime. In his debut in Cincinnati with the Cyclones, newcomer Eric Diodati blasted the winning goal passed Wings goaltender, Michael Garteig.
Kalamazoo comes into tonight after snapping their five-game losing streak with a win against the Wheeling Nailers on Wednesday in a thriller that saw a three-goal comeback, and an overtime win. With a standout performance, defenseman Aaron Irving had himself a four-goal night.
Unlike their opponent, Cincinnati is looking to bounce back from a loss earlier in the week. Starting off the game with a 2-0 lead, Cincy ultimately lost to the Indy Fuel on Tuesday during their rival’s school day game.
Tonight is a crucial game for the Cyclones as the end of the season draws near. Neck-in-neck with the Wings, Kalamazoo holds one point and two games over the Cyclones in the Central Division standings.
The Cyclones will be without Muzito-Bagenda who earned a call-up to the Rochester Americans on Monday, Feb. 19.
Cincinnati will be wearing specialty jerseys with photos of cancer survivors and an overall purple hue. The ice will also be painted lavender for the event.