Snow Chance On Sunday

This has to be rock bottom, right? Another zero win weekend…things can’t possibly get any worse than this, right?

(Cyclones PR) TRENTON, New Jersey – The Cincinnati Cyclones received their Christmas gift a little early this season following a 2-0 win over the Trenton Devils on Sunday afternoon. The club moves into a tie with Kalamazoo for the North Division lead. Rookie goaltender Robert Mayer stopped a career-high 34 shots for his first professional shutout. Mark Van Guilder had a goal and an assist to pace the attack.
Cincinnati and Kalamazoo each have 35 points to lead the North Division, while Toledo is in third place with 34 points. Wheeling is fourth in the division with 28 points.

There was no scoring in the first period, but Trenton had the better opportunities. The Devils outshot the Cyclones, 13-7, and had two power play chances to Cincinnati’s one.

The Cyclones scored the first goal at 7:53, when Dwayne Zinger collected his third goal of the season from Mark Van Guilder and Dustin Sproat. The score came one second after a Cincinnati power play had expired. It was the 20th time in 28 games this season that the Cyclones scored the first goal of the game and the ninth time in the last ten contests that this has occurred. For the third straight game on the road trip, Cincinnati opened a 2-0 lead when Maxime Lacroix lit the lamp for the first time in a Cyclones uniform as Barret Ehgoetz and Van Guilder had the assists on the power play goal at 12:39. Cincinnati took advantage of its chances in the frame–outshooting Trenton, 18-8, and connecting on one of four man-advantage chances while the Devils came up empty in their two chances.

There was no scoring again in the third period, as Trenton outshot Cincinnati, 13-7. For the game the Devils held the upper hand on shots, 34-32. The Cyclones were one for six on the power play for the afternoon while Trenton was zero for five.

Robert Mayer improves to 7-5 after the 34 stop blanking. Gerald Coleman drops to 5-6-4 after eliminating 30 shots. Mayer rebounded from his performance on Tuesday when he surrendered three goals in 16 minutes and was pulled in the 5-2 loss to Toledo.

And check out The Naples News Everblades blog for some info on Elmira claiming a former Florida defenseman.

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12 Responses to “Snow Chance On Sunday”

  1. Trentondevilsfan Says:

    I thought Trenton was competitive until it went 2-0 then packed it in the rest of the second. We’ve had a rough few days and bailed after two. Looks like we didn’t miss anything based on the stats. And Mike it can ALWAYS get worse…

  2. Shtikl Says:

    Glad you’re back, Mike.

    Of course things can get worse. But this is really brutal. Most of these guys haven’t had a string of luck this bad since PeeWees. They probably forgot how to deal with blues this dark.

    I bet you could have heard a silverfish breathe in the locker room when the guys skated off after the third period. Bless ’em, the guys need their holiday break.

    I know it’s no consolation, to youse or to them, that the guys who moved up to Low Hell — Cohen, Castonguay, Frazee, Magnan, Mills, Perkovich, Snetsinger, and Stoesz (and Cormier?) — have brought their team to its best start in 4 years. Or that the guys who’ve been called up this year — Coleman, Coutu, Kell, Murray, and Prough — fit right in when they were asked. I’m sure you’d rather have wins.

    Better luck after the break, T-Devils!

  3. titansman Says:

    anybody know what happened to Tomko. He sat on the bench and didnt play for at least the last half of the second period and did not come out the third.

  4. Trentondevilsfan Says:

    If things go as they have been he’ll be on IR soon. Surprised Poli survived the weekend.

  5. titans04 Says:

    Tomko sat after the two terrible plays with led to odd man rushes going the other way. He progressively got worse as the weekend went on, same for Poli who disappeared after Thursday’s game. I think Tomko did get a real short shift in the third. Honestly though outside of Prough, Kell, Murray, Coleman and Caruso this weekend everybody else stunk up the ice. Not sure it could get any worse they have the 2nd worse winning % in the league thanks to Johnstown. At the rate we’re going and with Johnstown playing much better after a brutal start we could be dead last after the next 3 games. No offense to speak of (outside of Prough and Kell) and no defensive defensemen outside of Murray makes for team that now has 1 win in it’s last 10 games. Can we at least get Cormier back in hopes he might entertain us, getting pushed around game in and game out only makes it even less fun to sit through. I guess Coutu gets credit for talking trash with Benson during warm-ups on Thursday. Too bad Benson easily handed him a solid beat down.

  6. Shtikl Says:

    Speaking of Kevin Cormier, where is he?

  7. titans04 Says:

    Annual mid season sabbatical. Neither here nor there. At least last year he got to skate with Shanahan.

  8. titansman Says:

    nah, Tomko wasnt even on the bench in the third. He never came out of the locker room.

  9. titans04 Says:

    could be, at this point they’re all the same at this point which isn’t a good thing.

  10. JohnnyR Says:

    Hey..just found this site…glad it’s here…
    re: Sunday…the shots on goal stats are a little misleading…The T-Devils shots seemed to all be right at Mayer’s glove…very few rebounds…it sorta looked as though Cincy was on the power play even when they weren’t, the way they handled the puck in the T-Devils end in the 3rd period….
    Coleman was very good…you can’t fault him for those 2 goals…perfect positioning for rebounds….Prough continues to be the best thing about this team…hate to see HIM move up, though he clearly deserves to…and yes, the Devils need an enforcer now that Myles has gone north….big thumbs up to Tony Zancanaro for mixing it up with Benson in front of the net….
    let’s hope we can turn things around against Johnstown

  11. tdevils Says:

    It’s almost as though the T-Devils don’t do anything to let people know they have two newspapers and a blog covering them. Hmmm.

  12. Philly Devil Says:

    I was snowed in Philly, could not get there!

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